Climate Change : A Global Threat That Goes Beyond National Boundaries

1499 Words Nov 30th, 2016 6 Pages
While Michael Mann argued that globalization didn’t alter the nature of societies, as other hyper globalizers asserted, he, however, did say that globalization created two main threats that could alter societies in ways that were not known before. The first threat that he identified is warfare between nations using nuclear weapons. He argued that if nuclear and biological weapons were used, this could lead to the destruction of whole societies and countries. However, Mann also argued that warfare of that scale between the great powers is completely irrational and not very likely to occur anytime soon. The second threat that he identified, as the most likely to have major effects on societies in the years to come, is climate change. Climate change, which is a product of capitalistic practices of nation-states and individual consuming citizens, is a global threat that goes beyond national boundaries. As a result, this new challenge requires the production of high quality research from sociologists and social scientists; especially considering the role climate change has been playing recently in affecting patterns of migration and displacement, access to food and water, and reshaping the nature of conflict within nations and between nations. Thus, in this paper, I will highlight some of the themes in the literature that has been done recently on climate change, especially when it comes to the question of whether or not climate change is a good indicator of armed conflict. This…
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