Climate Change

Climate change is one of the most pressing environmental and development challenges confronting humanity today. However, we are not helpless against it, for nature is our ally. Healthy ecosystems such as forests, oceans, and wetlands make critical contributions to climate change mitigation by absorbing and storing carbon. They also help vulnerable communities better adapt and become more resilient to the adverse effects of climate change.

Learning Resources

To understand how nature can reduce climate-change impacts and build community resilience, we can learn from successful programs being used around the globe. These nature-based approaches are inclusive, socially equitable, and cost-effective.


Planet at the Crossroads: A Changing Climate

IUCN and National Geographic Society have joined forces to encourage people to be bold as we face the climate change challenge. Length: 1:12 minutes. Source: IUCN.

IUCN: Championing Nature-based Solutions

In the fight against climate change, the IUCN believes that our most powerful ally is nature. Find out how nature-based solutions are working to tackle one of humanity’s greatest challenges. Length: 2:37 minutes. Source: IUCN.

IUCN’s Solutions to Climate Change

Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) and allowing ecosystems to help people adapt to climate change are nature-based solutions that we need to use now. It’s urgent. Length: 5:18 minutes. Source: IUCN.

Climate Change: Facing It Out

A warming climate will hit Bangladesh with rising sea levels, more floods, more extreme heat, and more intense cyclones. The Bangladesh government is trying to find solutions to fight against the adverse effects. Length: 14:59 minutes. Source: IUCN Bangladesh Country Office.

Building Resilience to Climate Change

This video shows examples where successful restoration of damaged natural ecosystems has improved human well-being. Length: 15:10 minutes. Source: IUCN.

Adapting to Climate Change: People and Ecosystems

This video explains (in Spanish with English subtitles) IUCN’s solution to climate change: ecosystem-based adaptation, using nature to help people adapt to the changing climate. Length: 4:26 minutes. Source: IUCN.

Wet Carbon Storage

In the fight against climate change, peat bogs play an outsize role. These wetland areas store twice as much carbon as the world’s forests. In Russia, a project is underway to not just conserve the bogs, but also rewet them. Length: 6:42 minutes. Source: Deutsche Welle.

Climate Change Is the Problem; Nature Is the Solution

The deadly 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami served as a wake-up call that we need healthy ecosystem. A multi-partner initiative called Mangroves for the Future works closely with local communities in southern Thailand to restore the coastal ecosystems. Length: 3:32 minutes. Source: IUCN.

Can Wildlife Adapt to Climate Change?

With rising seas, warming climate, and altered landscapes caused by floods as well as droughts, adapting to climate change is crucial. In this animated lesson by Erin Eastwood, we learn how animals are adapting. Length: 4:46 minutes. Source: TEDEd.

Building Resilience in Times of Change

This video documents the IUCN ‘Building Drought Resilience’ project in the Upper Aswa basin (Uganda) and Lower Tana Basin (Kenya). Length: 5:15 minutes. Source: IUCN.

Climate Matters for Pacific Island Decision Makers “Documoment”

In this video story of climate impacts on Pacific Islands, Raymond Tanabe, Meteorologist in Charge at the National Weather Service in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, discusses how climate information is useful for surfers, healthcare providers, architects, planners, politicians, and other decision makers on Pacific Islands. Length: 3:36 minutes. Source: Pacific RISA.

Climate Matters for Ranchers in Hawaiʻi “Documoment”

Climate matters every day to different people all over the world. Michelle Galimba runs Kuahiwi Ranch on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi and tells us how important climate information can be for producing food for communities. Length: 3:10 minutes. Source: Pacific RISA.