Cars drive down flooded market street in Lagos, Nigeria, with people crowded on either side.


IISD is a driving force in tackling the biggest challenge facing the world today—climate change.    

The science is clear—our climate is changing, and this change is caused by human activity.

There are two main responses to climate change: adaptation and mitigation.

Mitigation involves efforts to lessen the flow and concentration of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere by reducing emissions and capturing and sequestering carbon.

Adaptation involves efforts to help people adjust to the impacts that are already being observed or that are anticipated in future. Adaptation can take different forms: everything from building sea walls to guard against rising water levels to behaviour changes like using less water or planting crops that are drought- or flood-resistant.

Tackling climate change requires a global response. We know that when the world takes action together, we can make profound and lasting impact. By backing major initiatives like fossil fuel subsidy reform and climate adaptation planning, we will use our expertise to:

  • Directly support clean and just energy transitions in Canada and large emerging economies through advisory and advocacy work.
  • Advocate for fossil fuel subsidy reform through our Global Subsidies Initiative.
  • Increase the resilience of developing countries to climate shocks and stresses, including by growing the NAP Global Network.
  • Drive action on climate adaptation in Canada, leveraging our global and Prairies-focused expertise.