Is Climate Change Really to Blame for Syria’s Civil War?

The Guardian ran this interesting article with the header, “Prince Charles is the latest high-profile figure to echo claims that ‘securitise’ the conflict. But the evidence just doesn’t stack up…”

I went to an activists’ meeting last night held by AROMA, an Atlanta activist collective.  Many of the people in the meeting have a social and human view on issues of oppression and social justice.  Being a chemist, I have an atomic view.  The issue of climate change spans the entire range of length scales from the global to the atomic length scale.  It is a challenge to convince people who are not scientifically inclined about the gravity of the threat posed by environmental destruction with facts.  That is where the arts come in.  In art, peoples’ spirits can be touched in ways that bare facts, figures, and graphs cannot.  The specific details of what issue is due to climate change is still open to debate, we can debate whether the Syrian Civil War was caused by climate change.  What is not open to debate is that climate change is just one issue among the larger problem of too much technology over taking the earth leading to ecological catastrophe.  Just ask anyone in Flint, Michigan about their water and you will find the stark truth about how people of color are compromised along ecological lines.  The challenge will be to engage groups like #blacklivesmatter on ecological issues.  Perhaps Flint is that touch point for conversation and art?


About kayaerbil

I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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