How climate change is a security threat (and why COP21 is so important)

Recent comments made by Democrat candidate Bernie Sanders that "Climate change is directly related to the growth of terrorism" have sparked international discussion, with some mocking the politician.

However, a look at current trends in security and defence point to the validity of Sanders' statement.

According to TPM, "For years, those in the national security community has considered climate change threat to American interests here and abroad, and are now exploring how climate change is exacerbating the conditions that lead to civil unrest."

In Australia, we're trailing behind in our awareness of the connection between the changing environment and security threats , but it's an issue that's starting to show up on our radar.

Clive Williams is an adjunct professor at Macquarie University's Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism and a visiting professor at the ANU's Centre for Military and Security Law.

According to him, "Most people in Australia may not think of climate change as a national security issue, but the US has been issuing reports about the national security impact of climate change since 2008."
“Climate change can also directly influence military activity by changing areas available for training exercises and operations, reducing available water supplies, increasing flood and fire hazards, and increasing severe weather risks.”
- Professor ​Clive Williams

The issue is likely to be on the agenda at COP21 climate talks in Paris, which commence November 30. According to Michael T. Klare, the conference "should be considered not just a climate summit but a peace conference, perhaps the most significant peace convocation in history."


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1 Million Women's campaign for Paris is 'You're The Voice'

With a vibe of hope building that the nations of the world will agree on a breakthrough climate change treaty in Paris this December at the UN Climate Conference (COP21), we have an opportunity to influence world leaders in making decisions that will safeguard the world for future generations.

To do this, we've recorded a cover and music video of a much-loved Australian song, turning 'You're the Voice' into a powerful anthem from women for climate action and hope.

Using the power of music, we want to inspire every woman, man or child to ADD THEIR VOICE - #IMTHEVOICE - to our anthem and form a united call to world leaders for strong action on climate change. No matter who you are, you can add your voice!

Will you support our anthem launch? It's as easy as clicking a button.

With your help, it will capture the attention of governments and stand as a clear call for climate action and hope.

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