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Aerial photography of the burning and scorched dry fields. Dry grass burns in the reserve.

Nation-states' shift to

environmental realism,

leaving outdated forms of

traditional realism behind,

is vital for states' security

and survival in the 21st

century. Gaia Morgan Group

can provide a key catalyst

to help states begin to make

this shift while learning why it

is so important and how it can

benefit their long-term

peace and security prospects.

The Earth has limits, and it dynamically

responds to human activities and impacts.

The changes underway in the early 21st

century require that nations rapidly shift

from a framework of basic realism to one of

environmental realism. Air, soil, water,

and biodiversity crises are building globally

due to states' "nature blindness" to date.

These crises will bring with them severe

security consequences for states both at

home and abroad; many nations have

already experienced early forms of this.

Nations need to come to accept that

they cannot indefinitely degrade,

contaminate, and "vanish" natural

landscapes and other species if they

want to avoid such crises. States can

benefit from exploring and

implementing a flexible, living,

adaptable mindset for the preservation

of security and democracy in this

difficult era of environmental limits: a

mindset we call environmental realism.

Our Founder is attending the May 2024 SBSTTA-26 and SBI-4 meetings in Nairobi, Kenya and plans to attend the Convention on Biological Diversity COP in Colombia in October. She is discussing with attendees from government agencies her research on links between global environmental decline (including global biodiversity loss) and declines in global and national security for countries in both the global North and the global South. GMG's biocentric strategic environmental intelligence briefings can support the whole-of-government approach to preserving biodiversity called for by the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (KMGBF) for implementation of the CBD, while also supporting the KMGBF's overall goal of "galvaniz[ing] urgent and transformative action by Governments, subnational and local governments, and with the involvement of all of society to halt and reverse biodiversity loss" (see the text of the KMGBF here).

Our Founder attended COP28 in Dubai in December 2023.

Our Founder has been appointed as a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University in Environmental History and Public

Policy from 2024 - 2026. She will be carrying out in-depth

research on environmental realism and other forms of political biocentrism. She will look to identify case studies in

contemporary policy and international affairs, as well as in

the past, where nations could benefit or have benefited from implementing this frame of reference in their exercise of power.


GMG was at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting in

New York 19 - 20 September 2022.

GMG presented at the 1st-ever Africa Protected Areas Congress, Kigali, Rwanda, 21 July 2022. Our founder presented a side

event, "Redefining environmental intelligence." If you would like

a copy of the presentation, please reach out via our Contact


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