As Chief of Defence of the Armed forces of the Netherlands Tom Middendorp saw how droughts and water scarcity can lead to armed conflicts. In his book Climate General he concludes that climate change and our security are inextricably linked. Middendorp is an optimist however and proposes concrete steps individuals can take with respect to climate adaptation and mitigation. His motto is: Think big, act small and start somewhere! Tom Middendorp leads a global network on climate & security and is affiliated to Clingendael and HCSS. In cooperation with Scientists4Future Twente, SAB-ITC and Sirius.
Moderator: prof. dr. Maarten van Aalst, Chief Director and Chief Science Officer KNMI. Van Aalst holds the chair Climate and Disaster Resilience at the ITC (UT).