U.S. National Security Leaders Call on G7 to Address Climate Security Risks

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Despite the Trump administration’s apparent indifference or outright denial of the security risks of climate change, many in the U.S.’s national security apparatus believe there’s still room for the U.S. to lead the G7 on this front.

A bipartisan group of senior retired military officers and national security officials recently signed a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, encouraging him to lead on addressing the security implications of climate change, and to work together with Secretary of Defense James Mattis in that effort.

The letter highlighted the importance of the G7 as an entity for driving practical climate risk management. It stated,

“The G7’s Climate Fragility Working Group’s analysis of instability risks and description of commensurate policy responses, as well as its coordination work to implement these policies within G7 governments, are particularly important given that they directly relate to our national security interests.

“A strong signal in the communiqué that G7 governments are committed to maintaining agreements to address climate security risks would lay the foundation for a structured and deliberate response to the phenomenon, and its attendant impacts on the global security environment.”