For a story of hope, this video tells how coffee is creating power for peace in the Philippines. Lessons from this effort were shared in the September 31 MCC UN global student seminar by Coffee for Peace Senior Vice President Tala Bautista (a member of the Sumacher First Nation in Kaliga, Philippines, with a masters from Eastern Mennonite University). Other specialists in the seminar said climate change is an increasing driver of conflict as people lose valuable land and water. A diplomat from Niger noted that the United Nations Security Council (of which Niger is a member) is putting new attention on the relationship between climate and peacebuilding. For a deeper read, see Making Peace With the Climate, a November 2020 paper from the European Institute for Peace (seminar speaker Oli Brown was a contributor)

(Recommended reading from our December 2021 Global Briefing)