"I work with our government, businesses, civil society, and international partners to identify opportunities to elevate the political visibility of adaptation, and to leverage the influence and expertise of these partners to deliver concrete solutions in areas like finance, agriculture, and cities."
The World Resources Institute is a global research nonprofit organization that partners with local and national governments, private companies, publicly held corporations, and other nonprofits to address environmental issues including global climate change, sustainable markets, ecosystem protection, and responsible governance.
I worked at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on a project looking at synergies and trade-offs between agricultural productivity and climate change adaptation and mitigation. My research focused on France and the Netherlands, which was a new perspective for me coming from the international development field. It was valuable to understand how an influential organization like the OECD works, and great to learn more about the subject matter and get firsthand experience in policy analysis.
I’ve often found myself drawing directly on courses like environmental economics, program evaluation. The classes I took on l impact assessment and ground-up policy-making have helped me think more critically and holistically about environmental challenges. I’m also glad I was able to hone presentation skills through the program, and get exposure to a range of organizations and policy challenges.
The Global Commission on Adaptation is working to shift the narrative on climate adaptation. It’s about recognizing that we’re already facing the effects of the climate crisis, and that we must prepare for these effects. In addition to reducing emissions to prevent further damage, we have both a moral and an economic imperative to adapt to climate change. I work with our government, businesses, civil society, and international partners to identify opportunities to elevate the political visibility of adaptation, and to leverage the influence and expertise of these partners to deliver concrete solutions in areas like finance, agriculture, and cities.
I feel fortunate to be able to work on issues that I care so deeply about, and to work with so many people and organizations who share the same mission. There’s so much fascinating and important work going on at WRI, I’m always impressed by my colleagues. It’s challenging work, but I’m constantly learning.
I’ve had the opportunity to work on a number of different projects at WRI, from program design and evaluation mostly focused on forests and land use, to the work I’m doing now on climate resilience. It’s helped me get a deeper understanding of the organization and the specific climate challenges we’re trying to address, and how I’m best placed to contribute.
Working in this space has definitely made me more alarmed about the urgency and severity of the climate crisis. But I wouldn’t be working in it if I didn’t see reason to hope. We know what needs to be done, and we have solutions, even if they have not yet been scaled to the extent required. It also inspires hope to see the climate movement growing.