Positive Peace Builds Climate Resilience

The term “negative peace” is used to describe an absence of conflict. On the other hand “positive peace” a term defined by the Institute for Economics and Peace, imagines peace as an environment with characteristics that allow human potential to flourish. Positive peace is a framework in which attitudes, institutions, and structures create and sustain peace within a society. Positive peacebuilding works to create a just, equitable, and cooperative structure that addresses the underlying causes of violence conflict so that violent conflict becomes less likely in the future.

The characteristics of positive peace depend on environmental stability.  Today’s climate crisis threatens food systems and daily livelihoods, triggers mass migration events, and relentlessly strains  the social structures and systems we depend on for peace. 

By coupling peacebuilding problem-solving methods with rigorous climate change research and resilience strategies, we can equip decision makers at all scales with the tools needed to respond to the climate crisis. Ultimately, carefully crafted initiatives will fortify climate resilience, reduce social friction, and build social cohesion through locally-based and culturally-appropriate responses.