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29 Sep 2023

Thinking about Tomorrow, Acting Today: The Future of Climate Mobility

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The global response to climate change is at a crossroads. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in its sixth assessment report summary for policymakers, notes that it is “more likely than not” that global average temperature increase will surpass 1.5 °C in the coming years. As the impacts of climate change threaten to become increasingly severe, it is vital to accelerate climate action that is underpinned by a comprehensive and holistic understanding of human mobility, which is deeply intertwined with all key dimensions of climate adaptation policy, action and implementation. A step change will be required to adopt ways of thinking and acting with a forward-looking perspective. Against this backdrop, this paper highlights how futures thinking, foresight and forecasting can be mobilized to address the challenges that lie ahead for human mobility in the context of climate change.

A summary of the paper can be found here.

  • Summary 
  • Part 1: Future thinking on climate mobility 
    • Climate Mobility at a Crossroads. 
    • Informing Future-oriented Solutions
      • Climate Change and Human Mobility: Key facts and figures
      • Data and the difficulty of modelling the future
      • Looking beyond the numbers
    • Climate Mobility: Solutions for the Future
      • Comprehensive climate mobility solutions
      • Cross-cutting approaches 
      • Key enabling factors
  • Part 2: Climate mobility solutions in practice
    • Spotlight on Action 
      • 1. Solutions for people to move
      • 2. Solutions for people on the move
      • 3. Solutions for people to stay
  • Acting Now for the Future We Want
  • References