The Mission of the Mason Center for Climate and Society is to provide education, independent analysis and research to simultaneously fight global climate change and reduce world poverty. Technological changes over the past century have put in place vast changes to the climate system that will continue to affect all life on the planet, even if all sources of greenhouse gasses were shut down. But immediate cessation of carbon emissions will not stop vast changes to the resource that all people call "normal weather and climate". These changes will continue for several decades, if not centuries. Some societies can adapt to a changing climate, and some can find profit in the new conditions, but the world's poor are not in a position to benefit, but only to suffer the consequences. The mission of the Mason Center for Climate and Society aims to keep the interests of the world's poor "at the table" when climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies are developed.
The Center involves nearly all colleges, schools and institutes of George Mason University, as well as national and international partners to deliver this mission through balanced analysis including science, technology, economics, ethics, policy and public health. MCCS partners with US and foreign universities, NGOs and foundations to achieve its goals.