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Climate and National Security

Climate Change and National Security

The Foundation views climate change as a national security threat in order to 1) bring more attention to the issue, 2) engage a broader and more bipartisan audience, 3) raise climate change issues to policymakers and government officials and persuade them to act, and 4) depoliticize the subject.

Leveraging Senator Jackson’s reputation and utilizing the Foundation’s strength in holding convenings, we employ a number of strategies in our grant making including:

  • seeking to elevate the military as an experienced and trusted voice on climate change adaptations and highlighting the military’s record of action;
  • shining the spotlight on the variety of national security impacts that climate will have on our world;
  • bringing this issue to other potential funders to increase awareness of the topic as well as resources available to tackle it;
  • targeting the full range of government levels from local to state, nationally, and globally to maximize the scope of our work.

The Foundation has partnered with a number of organizations in this work including Pacific Northwest National Labs (PNNL), the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), The Center for Climate and Security (CCS), the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA) and local partner Cascadia Consulting.

These events have connected key people working in a variety of fields on the numerous national security implications of climate change and illuminated different aspects of climate change such as human rights implications, the strategic importance of water, the role of foreign aid and diplomacy, and the effects of climate change on the military.