Climate action is better than words

While A GREENER WORLDLE is bringing an online community together to play a word game, IIED is continuing to make a difference in tackling global climate change.

The launch of a word game – A GREENER WORDLE – that contains answers that focus on climate change and the environment is the latest, if slightly unusual, part of IIED’s work to tackle climate change that dates back 50 years.

In the early 1970s, visionary economist Barbara Ward, the founder of IIED, helped lead the introduction of a new concept: that the interests of people and planet are inextricably interlinked. Now, this is an accepted global narrative and lies at the centre of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Throughout the last five decades IIED has used its influence to highlight the planet’s importance and the need to take climate action, including in the mid-1980s when the institute helped to draft sections of the landmark 'Our Common Future' report that rallied the world for sustainable development. The institute also played a key role in preparing for the Rio Earth summit, the largest environmental gathering ever held. 

IIED’s Climate Change research group currently works to create, share and use knowledge to shape development policy and practice for climate resilience, equitable global governance and community adaptation to climate change.

Our researchers and partners recently attended the UN climate change negotiations in Glasgow (COP26) where we supported negotiators from the least developed countries and focused on issues such as getting climate finance to the local level and helping to make the most vulnerable people's voices inform investment decisions.

Sharing first-hand accounts of loss and damage

IIED is also working with people in LDCs to build awareness and improve understanding of lived experiences of loss and damage – the deep and irreversible impacts of climate change ranging from sea-level rise, ocean acidification and desertification to cyclones, drought and flash flooding.

We have produced a series of animations (available in the playlist below or on IIED's YouTube channel) to bring to life the personal experiences of the people enduring those impacts, and are using them to drive policymakers to act.


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