About the institute

 

BACKGROUND

The institute for Climate and Peace is a 501(c)(3) organization based out of Honolulu, Hawai’i. ICP was created in response to the 21st century’s increasing threat to the accomplishment of humanity’s fundamental goal: peace. Global climate change, dwindling biodiversity, and fickle water resources are among the chief environmental challenges that will increasingly undermine peace building efforts—from the community level to the global arena. ICP believes that when resources are stable and relationships are sound, we are poised for peace. We are, however, entering an era in which our environment and uncertain resource supplies will require stronger bonds between communities and common understandings of climate risks. This work is especially relevant to the United States as well as the Pacific-Asia region, for which climate forecasts demonstrate novel and disproportionate impacts.

MISSION

ICP’s mission is to advance effective and inclusive processes to build peaceful and climate-resilient futures for the wellbeing of all, especially the most vulnerable.

GUIDING STAR

Climate and peace are integrated collaborative fields helping to advance a just and sustainable peace for thriving, cohesive communities.

THEORY OF CHANGE

If peacebuilding problem-solving methods are applied in parallel with rigorous research on the changing climate, then decision makers at all scales are better equipped to respond to climate crises, reduce friction, and build social cohesion through locally-based and culturally-appropriate responses.

THE VALUES THAT LEAD US

A New Narrative
Envision the Harvest
We join with communities to envision and build ideal futures. With a strengths-based approach, we transform obstacles into opportunities for peaceful change and meet impending climate threats with resilience and optimism.
COMMUNAL RESPECT
Behaviors of Mutual Regard
Trust isn’t just earned; it’s developed and cultivated through sincere action and demonstrated respect. That’s why we come to our collaborations with humility, curiosity, and an eager commitment to understand and embrace local perspectives and practices.
ALL POWER TO ALL PEOPLE
All Power to All People
Sustainable peace is only achievable when everyone’s voice is valued. Our work intentionally invites and is influenced by people of every age, social status, and ideology, particularly those from historically marginalized groups. Together we collaborate in the development of brighter, equitable, more inclusive futures.
CULTURE OF COMMITMENT
Relationship/Partnership
We believe that relationships built on mutual trust and shared incentives lead to powerful and permanent results. We move beyond transactional engagements to build meaningful and lasting relationships with communities and populations, and remain committed to our shared goals and to our co-creators.
ETHICAL COMMUNICATION
Right Communication
We listen first, always. Then we maximize the lasting value of our own words and actions by honestly and clearly communicating our goals, intentions, and strategies at every step of our efforts.
INDIGENOUS INNOVATION
Service-honoring culture, proximity
The strongest solutions of the future will be informed by the wisdom of the past. Our work honors and elevates indigenous practices, generational knowledge, and ancient wisdom.
MEANINGFUL METRICS
Pragmatically process-focused and data-driven
We are committed to advancing pragmatic, practical, and process-focused solutions that are supported by data and we work to make this data accessible to communities everywhere.