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MAJOR GEN. MUNIR MUNIRUZZAMAN (RET.): 20% OF BANGLADESH COULD BE LOST TO THE SEA

The Climate 25: General Munir Uzzaman from Weather Films on Vimeo. “BANGLADESH IS A COUNTRY ON THE FRONT LINE OF CLIMATE CHANGE.” “Bangladesh, says Retired Major General Munir Muniruzzaman of his nation, “is a country which is considered in the front line on the impacts of climate change.” Muniruzzaman, a career military officer who spent over 38 years in active duty, worries about the effects of climate change on Bangladesh, where tens of millions could be displaced as sea level rises. Muniruzzaman is the Founder and President of the non-profit Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies. He is also the Chairman of the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change, a group of military leaders, both retired and currently serving, “committed to highlighting the potential security implications of a changing climate and advocating action, including by the military, to minimize the risks” Muniruzzaman also served as a military adviser to the President of Bangladesh. As a senior Officer of the Bangladesh Army, Muniruzzaman has served in United Nations Peace Support missions in different conflict zones, such as the the post-election UN Mission in Cambodia that he...

CLEO PASKAL: THE MILITARY CRISIS WE’RE NOT PREPARED FOR

The Climate: Cleo Paskal from Weather Films on Vimeo. “THE U.S. MILITARY IS NOT DESIGNED TO DEAL WITH THE CLIMATE CRISIS WE’RE SEEING.” For journalist Cleo Paskal, climate change, political change and economic change “are all heavily interlinked.” The author of “Global Warring: How Environmental, Economic, and Political Crises Will Redraw the World Map,” Paskal sees a network of causes and effects with climate change at the center, affecting global security and stability. Paskal is an associate fellow at Chatham House, (aka the Royal Institute of International Affairs), an independent policy think tank based in London, England, and was a consultant for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Global Energy and Environment Strategic Ecosystem. Paskal has contributed to publications such as International Affairs, The Economist, The Telegraph, The Independent and the Sunday Times. Her book Global Warring: How Environmental, Political, and Economic Crises Will Redraw the World Map (2010) was the recipient of multiple awards, and Spielball Erde (2012), co-written with German news anchor Claus Kleber, was a bestseller. She is currently Research Fellow at the Centre d’études et de recherches internationales Université de Montréal, adjunct faculty in the Department of Geopolitics in Manipal University in Manipal, India and adjunct professor of global change at the School of Communications and Management Studies in Kochi,...

HAL HARVEY: “EVERY DECADE WE WAIT IS A THOUSAND YEARS OF PAIN”

The Climate 25: Hal Harvey from Weather Films on Vimeo. “WE CAN BASICALLY ELIMINATE POLLUTION FROM THE PLANET.” Hal Harvey is optimistic about the future. “We can basically eliminate pollution from the planet,” he says, and it won’t cost much more than continuing on with our current policies. Harvey has a breadth of experience with clean energy policy and sustainable development issues. Currently, he serves as the CEO of Energy Innovation, a San Francisco-based firm that conducts research and analysis on energy and environmental policy. Harvey additionally advises several groups on energy policy and is a Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment at the Paulson Institute, an independent think tank that promotes sustainable development and environmental protection in the U.S. and China. Previously, Harvey worked to unite foundations interested in clean energy through his founding and leadership of the ClimateWorks Foundation, a network of organizations committed to promoting policies to fight climate change. He also served as Environment Program Director at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and, prior to that, he founded and lead The Energy Foundation. The author of two books and dozens of articles on energy and national security issues, Harvey holds both B.S. and M.S. degrees from Stanford University in engineering, with an emphasis in energy...

FARAH NASIF: IN SYRIA, “EVERYTHING CHANGED WITH THE DROUGHT”

The Climate 25: Farah Nasif from Weather Films on Vimeo. HOW CAN CLIMATE CHANGE HELP IGNITE A REVOLUTION? “Everything changed.” That’s how Farah Nasif describes her life after a climate change-amplified drought racked her home country of Syria, paving the way for the revolution that would leave her a refugee. Nasif is a U.S.- based political activist, born in the north-east Syrian town of Deir-az-Zour. Her family’s farm was wiped out by the massive drought that ravaged 60 percent of Syria’s land mass between 2006 and 2011. The drought, which was called the “worst drought in Syria’s modern history” by The New York Times, decimated the livelihoods of around 80,000 Syrian farmers and herders during that time. Nasif fled Syria in 2013, and continues to seek political asylum in the United States. She is a graduate of Damascus University who has worked as a journalist and stringer for Western news outlets in Syrian areas controlled by both ISIS and the Syrian government. She was also a fellow at the New America Foundation’s Middle East task force in the spring of...

CARY FOWLER: “EXTINCTION IS A PROCESS, NOT AN EVENT”

The Climate 25: Cary Fowler from Weather Films on Vimeo. “IF OUR CROPS DON’T ADAPT TO CLIMATE CHANGE, NEITHER WILL WE.” “If our crops,” says Dr. Cary Fowler, the Special Advisor and former Executive Director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, “don’t adapt to climate change, neither will we.” Fowler spearheaded the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which preserves seeds from over 850,000 crops from all over the world in an Arctic vault, aiming to protect against crop loss in the event of a global catastrophe. With more than 30 years experience in conservation and crop diversity, Fowler has served as the Program Director of the National Sharecroppers Fund, headed the International Conference and Program on Plant Genetic Resources at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and taught as a professor and Director of Research in the Department of International Environment and Development Studies at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. He has written several books and more than 75 articles about plant genetic resources. In 2010, Fowler received a Heinz Award for his vision and efforts in the preservation of the world’s food supply. He is currently Chair of the International Advisory Council for the Svalbard Global Seed...

DR. JOHN HOLDREN: W.H. SCIENCE ADVISOR’S SURPRISING VIEW ON WHY CLIMATE MATTERS

The Climate 25: The John Holdren from Weather Films on Vimeo. “WHEN THE CLIMATE CHANGES, ALMOST EVERYTHING ELSE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT CHANGES WITH IT.” For Dr. John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, climate change is a straightforward issue. “We are seeing,” he says, “increases in the frequency and intensity of a wide variety of weather extremes, again, through mechanisms and in patterns that fit the fingerprint of the human influence on climate.” This belief has led Dr. Holdren, over the course of his career, to work to drive the nation’s shift toward clean energy policies and sustainable development, and boost cooperation with nations such as India and China on energy issues. Dr. Holdren is also the co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). Prior to joining the current Obama administration Dr. Holdren was the Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he also served as Director of the Program on Science, Technology, and Public Policy, among other boards and appointments. Dr. Holdren holds advanced degrees in aerospace engineering and theoretical plasma physics from MIT and Stanford. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, among many other organizations and honors. Notably, he gave the Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in 1995 on behalf of the Pugwash Conferences of Science and World Affairs, a consortium of world and leaders and scientists concerned with global security issues that was honored for its work with nuclear...

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