Climate change causes human deaths, destabilizes ecosystems, accelerates biodiversity loss, and damages economies. In addition, environmental damage from pollution, plastic waste, and deforestation harms human and ecosystem health. If our societies continue on their current paths, food and water scarcity, resource conflicts, displacement of vulnerable populations, spreading of diseases, and extreme weather events are predicted to become substantially worse in the years ahead.
At Harvard Kennedy School, we are committed to help make human activities sustainable—through our operational practices on campus and through our research, teaching, and engagement with the world. The Climate@HKS website captures a wide range of our activities and scholarship.