The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its sixth assessment report on climate change in August 2021, calling the current climate crisis a code red for humanity—an unequivocal warning for governments, businesses, and society at large to take urgent action against spiraling global warming and its irrevocable consequences for humanity and the global economy.
The urgency of the climate problem is compelling government agencies to seek out fresh perspectives on how to address what is becoming one of the defining crises of our time. But governments should not try to address climate change in a vacuum. With efforts around the world having met with varying levels of success, countries need to look to lessons learned.
Climate-forward government outlines seven key considerations for agencies attempting to address climate change:
Historically, government leaders have looked at climate change in terms of mitigation and adaptation. While these are important fundamental concepts, they aren’t necessarily effective prompts for action. To address the challenge of climate change, leaders across all parts of government must consider and embrace new approaches.