We attribute ancient hatreds, religious intolerance or simply greed to many of the current conflicts. However, from desertification to eroding shores, climate change has intensified resource scarcity, poverty and hunger. Vast new waves of migration may have a political ignition, but the fuel is climate change, from Africa to Asia. Somehow, even Syria’s conflict can be attributed to the spark of longer-term drought. No continent has been secure, including the more developed ones.
Often war and terror are seen as greater global threats than climate change. This view does not recognize that environmental stress fuels violent conflict. How? Global warming creates stressors such as drought, famine, insect infestations, destruction of food supplies and destruction of shelter (think floods, fire, hurricanes). Such disasters lead to mass migrations. As Muhamed Sacirbey notes in the above quote, hunger and dislocation are sparks that ignite conflict.
Hunger—conflict—depletion of arable land—conflict—water shortages—conflict—failed crops—conflict—homes destroyed by natural disasters—migration—friction between migrants and natives—conflict—military zones—persecution—migration—conflict. Food, water, arable land, and places to live are essentials that people fight for in times of scarcity.
A United Nations Global Trends Report released in June 2016 states that worldwide forced displacement has reached an all-time high: in 2015, one in every 113 humans (65.3 million people) were displaced from their homes due to violence and persecution.
Addressing climate change by reducing carbon emissions promotes World Peace.
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Thank you for reading my Sunday quote post, number 2 in a series of three for a Three Day Quote Challenge. I would like to thank Louise Farrell of Fantasy Raconteur for inviting me. I love this challenge as it gives me a nudge to do a kind of post that I enjoy.
As part of the challenge tradition I invite three other bloggers to join in if it strikes their fancy. Before I list the nominees for this week, I would like to talk about using quotes in posts. When I first started blogging I was mystified by references to quote challenges until I discovered what it was all about from reading blog posts, particularly those linked to Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge, hosted by Colleen Chesebro and Ronovan Hester. There are many approaches to using quotes in posts, for example:
- posting a quote and letting it speak for itself
- posting a quote and expanding on its meaning or significance, sometimes with information about the author
- posting a quote to supplement photography (some people come up with amazing combinations)
- an introductory, tone-setting quote
- a closing quote
- using a quote as inspiration for poetry or prose
- using a quote to enrich the body of a post
- using your own words as a quote!
If you have a secret desire to try a 3-quote challenge, let me know and I will nominate you next week. For today I have chosen three nominees who I ask to not feel in any way obliged to follow through—not all bloggers enjoy this type of challenge. My nominees today are:
Magarisa of Becoming Unstuck
Yazek of Successia
The ‘Rules’ or suggested guidelines are:
- Thank the person that nominated you.
- Post 1-3 quotes each day for 3 consecutive days.
- Nominate 3 bloggers each day to participate in the 3-day Quote Challenge.
- Have fun.