We can no longer take comfort in just relying on climate mitigation. In fact, this is even more topical and necessary at this time of war, when so many nations, out of need, are turning back to fossil fuels. Adaptation to current weather extremes and related climate risks are upon us, and have to be considered as a central theme in climate policy actions. While we note that the field of climate resilience brings mitigation and adaptation under one common framework, this workshop has a focus on adaptation challenges, which are confronting the world population as a whole, but particularly the poorer segments of countries and societies. Our goal for this new PAS initiative is to bring resilience to center stage of climate summits and protect people and ecosystem from unavoidable climate extremes in the coming decades and to foster justice and the crucial good that is peace. One of our central concerns is the welfare of vulnerable populations, almost three billion, in the world.
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