What Guides Us

The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions is guided by our purpose, values and our belief that relationships are central to effective and durable climate solutions.

Our Purpose

To catalyze and mobilize research, partnerships, and knowledge that generate climate action.

Our Values

The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions is a values-based organization that centres its work on principles of respect, relationality, reciprocity, trust, transparency, and transformation.

RESPECT – by meaningfully considering how equity, inclusion, and justice factor in our work and workplace, we commit to respecting diverse species, diverse ways of knowing, and diverse approaches to how we catalyze climate action.

RELATIONALITY – by thinking in holistic ways, embracing complexity, and appreciating the web of intergenerational relationships that climate change affects, we commit to fostering good relations now and into the future.

RECIPROCITY – by recognizing the interconnectedness across climate, environmental, and human systems, we commit to climate action that generates benefits and gives back to people, place, and the planet that sustains us.

TRUST – by developing high integrity processes and programs, we commit to generating knowledge, research, and policy recommendations that earn us trust as a credible and creative source for climate information and knowledge mobilization.

TRANSPARENCY – by practicing openness and honesty as an organization, we commit to being transparent and accountable for our decisions, processes, and initiatives that we deliver and support.

TRANSFORMATION – by recognizing the significance, magnitude, and urgency of climate change and the underlying and unequal systems and structures that contribute to it, we commit to taking a values-based approach to climate action that supports transformation.

Our Intended Impacts

The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions aims to catalyze and mobilize research, partnerships, and knowledge that advance mitigation and adaptation at the intersection of: 

  • Justice, Wellbeing, and Biodiversity
  • Policy, Practice, and Technology
  • Communities and Place

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Justice, Wellbeing, and Biodiversity

By recognizing the importance of climate justice, this impact area focuses on intersectional approaches that accept that human, Indigenous, and environmental rights and responsibilities are foundational for climate solutions to be durable, effective, and fair. 

This work embraces diverse ways of knowing — that meaningfully support the culture and wellbeing of the people that we collaborate with — and understands that climate mitigation and adaptation can only be achieved through a deep respect for biological and cultural diversity. We work to align both climate and nature-based solutions and consider issues related to reconciliation and intergenerational wellbeing.

Policy, Practice, and Technology

Successful climate actions are guided by robust policies and practices coupled with responsible development and deployment of technology. PICS seeks to identify underlying systems that cause climate change, and to support research and engagement that inform appropriate policies, practices, and technologies (including local and Indigenous technologies) to achieve a climate positive future and for communities to be resilient to major climate risks. Agile, adaptive, and collaborative approaches to policy-relevant research and technology development, along with sharing knowledge, can make a strategic impact. 

Communities and Place

Community and place are powerful ways that people connect and engage in collaborative and lasting climate action. PICS seeks to engage diverse communities (of culture, identity, practice, interest, or place) around their climate change experience, priorities, and strategies to co-design climate action. This will lead to tangible, measurable, and relevant impact that directly benefits Indigenous Nations and communities.

PICS’ intended impacts shape our program streams of climate foresight, community co-design, and decision impact. Our work is rooted in the research and schoarship of our four-university network.

Our Strategic Plan

Our 2024 Strategic Plan outlines a framework to realign, refocus, and renew PICS. In response to the accelerating speed and scale of the climate challenge, we have refreshed our organizational values, goals, and strategy to support greater agility, ambition, and action through a strengths-based and solution-focused approach.