Bernie Sanders: “Climate change is directly related to the growth of terrorism"

In the lead up to the United States’ election, candidate Bernie Sanders has emphasised climate change is the biggest national security threat facing his country.

During the Democratic candidates' debate, Sanders made a firm statement, linking the issues:

"If we are going to see an increase in drought, flood and extreme weather disturbances as a result of climate change, what that means is that people all over the world are going to be fighting over limited natural resources."

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“If there is not enough water, if there is not enough land to grow your crops, then you’re going to see migrations of people fighting over land that will sustain them, and that will lead to international conflicts.”
- Bernie Sanders

When pressed to elaborate on the direct link between the Syrian drought and the events in Paris, Sanders had this to say:

"When you have drought, when people can't grow their crops, they're going to migrate into cities, and when people migrate into cities and they don't have jobs, there's going to be a lot more instability, a lot more unemployment and people will be subject to the types of propaganda that al-Qaeda and ISIS are using right now."

“Where you have discontent, where you have instability, that’s where problems arise, and certainly, without a doubt, climate change will lead to that.”
- Bernie Sanders

Watch his full statement in the video below:

Read a critique of the comments here.

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