Climate 1.5, a series by Winrock International, is inspired by the urgent goal outlined in the Paris Agreement, brokered by former Winrock board member Christiana Figueres, to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Winrock’s Climate 1.5 series features climate experts in 1.5 minutes.
“The private sector really must invest in the planet,” says Katie Goslee, acting director of Winrock’s Ecosystem Services Unit. “If the private sector recognizes there are finite resources, it’s very much necessary both for businesses themselves and their own longevity, but also…for humanity.” Goslee addresses the 2022 Earth Day theme, “Invest In Our Planet,” and explores why private sector investment in climate action is necessary for “the health and wellness, both physical and financial, of communities around the world.”
“We are increasingly having dry spells, floods, droughts across regions that haven’t experienced these,” says Aaron Sundsmo, Winrock’s senior director for Agriculture, Resilience and Water (ARW). “This is where our team steps in to really think through both what does the science say to try to better predict when the rains will start but how do we also look for those climate-adapted agricultural practices.” Sundsmo explains that climate change exacerbates water security challenges, which threatens food security and increases the risk of conflict. Winrock’s ARW team includes water users in the water security improvement process and empowers local communities and governments to adapt to climate change through water resource management and climate smart agriculture.
“If we can restore those peatlands and protect the forests and peat that currently exists there, we can reduce one of the largest emission sources from the terrestrial land use sector in the world.” Winrock International’s Michael Netzer, technical lead for Geographic Information Systems on Winrock’s Ecosystems Services team, explains why conservation and restoration of peatlands is so critical in the fight against climate change.
“Climate migration is right in front of us,” says Sarah Jakiel, Winrock’s senior director for Human Rights, Education and Empowerment. “The World Bank estimates that 143 million people will be displaced by the year 2050. This isn’t a choice. This is a human and a national security emergency.” In this Climate 1.5 episode, Jakiel highlights the rising connection between climate driven natural disasters and spikes in human trafficking.
“The services that forests provide – in terms of reducing the impacts of climate change and sequestering carbon – those benefits start to expand beyond just the individuals in the households who are living in that forest. We all are actually benefiting from PFES all over the world.” Winrock’s Brian Bean explains how the Payment for Forest Environmental Services system in Vietnam allows beneficiaries of forest environmental services, like hydrological protection for watersheds and waterways, to pay into a fund that is distributed to forest owners to financially reward them for their work to protect and support forestland growth.
“There’s enough evidence that a lack of resilience will lead to greater economic shock, and the ongoing pandemic has given us enough evidence on the value of resilience.” Winrock’s Director of Sustainable Finance, Anmol Vanamali, explains the parallels and approaches vital to protecting and securing a thriving future against global crises.
“Banks have a critical role to play in the fight against climate change by divesting from fossil fuels and funding the clean energy solutions of the future.” BankFWD Co-Chair Valerie Rockefeller explains the mission of BankFWD to accelerate transition to a just, zero-carbon economy by influencing banks to align their business strategies with the 1.5 degree target of the Paris Climate Agreement.
“Biodiversity and the protection of biodiversity is really fundamental to ensuring that resilience can be achieved all around the world.” Winrock’s Matthew Maltby explains the importance of biodiversity and the role of well-managed protected areas in strengthening resilience to climate change.
“Coastal marshes can capture up to 10 times the amount of carbon that an average upland forest would.” Winrock’s Dr. Blanca Bernal explains how coastal ecosystems capture and store “blue carbon” and why protecting the world’s diminishing coastal ecosystems is critical in the fight against climate change.
“Forests are a natural climate solution.” In the inaugural episode of Winrock’s Climate 1.5 series, Winrock’s Dr. Timothy Pearson, Director of Ecosystem Services, explains why conservation and restoration of forests is so critical in the fight against climate change.