The Issues

Addressing climate change, migration, and security challenges—affecting all geographies—is more urgent than ever. There is a critical need to build resilience for individuals, communities, and institutions to better understand, prepare for, and withstand these interrelated threats. Together, we must act to ensure a secure and more prosperous world. While not all problems can be solved, the promise of progress rests in our willingness to address challenges head on.

Climate Change

The growing urgency of the here-and-now threats posed by climate change—demonstrated by rising instances and impacts of floods, droughts, famines, and other natural disasters—necessitates improving the ability of individuals, communities, and institutions to prepare for, navigate, and recover from disruptions. Building resilience to climate change risks will require developing a variety of tools for vulnerable people and communities, through partnerships with policymakers, the global NGO community and corporate leaders.

Migration

Whether driven by climate-related disasters, conflict, famine, or poverty, hundreds of millions of people are migrating within their regions or across the globe—with nearly 70 million people forcibly displaced from their homes today. We will help create the enabling conditions that allow for success in local and global efforts, using a variety of policy, financial and technological solutions, to address these challenges.

Security

Changes in our structural, natural, and digital environment are leaving individuals, communities, and institutions increasingly exposed to conflict, extremist attacks, and political instability. As a first step in addressing these challenges, leveraging existing, proven strategies from our research, we will help create and advance principles and programs aimed at reducing the drivers that erode our security.

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Experts

Content

Issue Brief

Oct 26, 2021

Deploying distributed renewable energy to reduce the impacts of extreme heat on the urban poor

By Jorge Barrigh and Owen Gow

Increased urbanization and related demographic shifts, combined with the growing threat of heat stress, extreme heat events, and other climate change–related impacts, are set to continue to strain urban centers in the coming decades.

Climate Change & Climate Action Energy & Environment

Press Release

Oct 20, 2021

Freetown Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr announces Africa’s First Chief Heat Officer

The announcement comes as several European cities endorse focused action on extreme heat and the protection of vulnerable people, launched by the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center’s City Champions for Heat Action initiative

Climate Change & Climate Action Resilience

Press Release

Oct 18, 2021

Seville Mayor Juan Espadas announces heatwave naming and categorization initiative

The announcement comes as several European cities endorse focused action on extreme heat and the protection of vulnerable people, launched by the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center’s City Champions for Heat Action initiative

Climate Change & Climate Action Resilience

The Big Story

Aug 31, 2021

Heat is killing us—and the economy too

By Kathy Baughman McLeod

Most people know the knock-on effects of global warming by now: rising sea levels, mass extinction of plants and wildlife, worsening floods, fires, and hurricanes. But heat itself is too often overlooked as a destructive force in its own right.

Climate Change & Climate Action Resilience

Report

Aug 31, 2021

Extreme heat: The economic and social consequences for the United States

By Adrienne Arsht – Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center

A new report produced by the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center with analysis conducted by Vivid Economics—quantifies the impacts of heat under current and future conditions.

Climate Change & Climate Action Resilience

In the News

Aug 25, 2021

Kathy Baughman McLeod quoted in The New York Times on the effort to name heatwaves

Heat waves are "quietly, perniciously killing more people than any other climate-driven hazard," says Kathy Baughman McLeod in The New York Times.

Resilience Resilience & Society

Fast Thinking

Aug 9, 2021

FAST THINKING: What the UN climate report didn’t say

By Atlantic Council

The report maps a path to avert planetary catastrophe if humans completely stop adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere by 2050. But is that even possible?

Climate Change & Climate Action Energy & Environment

Press Release

Jul 23, 2021

Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis announces Europe’s first Chief Heat Officer

The announcement comes as several European cities endorse focused action on extreme heat and the protection of vulnerable people, launched by the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center’s City Champions for Heat Action initiative

Climate Change & Climate Action Resilience

EnergySource

Apr 19, 2021

Rapid response: Secretary Blinken’s April speech on climate

By Kathy Baughman McLeod, Randolph Bell, Reed Blakemore, Margaret Jackson

On April 19, 2021, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken delivered a keynote address on climate action in advance of President Biden's Earth Day Leaders Summit on Climate. Experts from the Atlantic Council evaluate what his comments portend for future executive action on climate and clean energy policy.

Energy & Environment Energy Transitions

Press Release

Feb 25, 2021

Atlantic Council Launches “Stories of Human Resilience” with Anna Deavere Smith

Six-part series captures the essence of resilience through inspirational stories of overcoming extraordinary challenges. Washington, DC –– February 25, 2021 –– The Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center (Arsht-Rock) today launched Stories of Human Resilience – a groundbreaking video project with Emmy and Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright, actress, author, journalist, and educator Anna Deavere […]

Resilience