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Thinking back to 'Why climate change helped trigger the Syrian civil war'

Seeing the Syrian refugee crisis escalate this summer reminded me of this article I penned 2-3 years ago about the link between the Syrian conflict and climate change.


Alas the crisis in the Mediterranean is nothing compared to what will happen in coming years unless we radically change our economy onto a sustainable footing. 

As both the World Bank and our own UEA Climate Change Research Centre recently agreed, on current trends, we're heading for a 4-6C global temperature increase by century's end. 

Or put another way by one of the centre's scientists: "[Temperatures] incompatible with any reasonable characterisation of an organised, equitable, and civilised global community."

Basically, as things stand, we're a dying civilisation. 

That's not me saying this, it's 97% of the scientific community screaming it at us.


I'm afraid even if the Paris climate talks succeed, it will probably still be too little too late. (The fact we'll be represented by Tories whom support fracking - something inimical to genuinely combatting catastrophic climate change - is a tragic irony of the deadliest kind.)

That's because neoliberalism is, quite literally, killing us. The level of north/south resource re-distribution, state and international intervention/coordination and regulation required to make the radical economic changes necessary are anathema to this creed of greed.

Since 1990 - two years after the first climate change talks began - it's been responsible for a 61% increase in global carbon output. This at a time we should have been cutting it. 

It's another reason I'm supporting Jeremy Corbyn for Labour Leader. Tinkering with such a system is akin to rearranging deck chairs on the SS Titanic. A cliche I know but one so very apt. Our policy in 2015 to 'better regulate' fracking showed a complete and utter failure to understand the scale of the global emergency we face.

As the first country to industrialise, we are in a way, the genesis of this crisis. What better way to be a 'global leader' and 'punch above our weight' than to both give the world the marvel of the Industrial Revolution as well as the inspiration to affect the change necessary to ensure our survival into the 22nd century?

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Clive Lewis posted about Thinking back to 'Why climate change helped trigger the Syrian civil war' on Clive Lewis' Facebook page 2015-09-01 12:00:30 +0100
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