Impact Of Climate Change On Our Security

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There has been a lot of discourse, over the last decade especially, about what constitutes a national security risk and how to prioritize these risks. The world has had to deal with threats from many different sources and our security environment is constantly changing. Terrorists wish to do us harm, failed states have the potential to impact our security, and the effects of climate change has impacted our security. Wait climate change impacts our security? How does extreme weather change, droughts, and floods affect my survival and ability to prosper, one may ask? Climate change, I would argue, is not only a serious risk to the security of the United States, but globally, especially for weak and failing states. Challenges posed by climate…show more content…
Hurricane Katrina showed the United States what climate change may mean for our future. In American National Security, Jordan, et al. describes the extensive social, economic, and political damage caused by the hurricane. More than a million residents from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama were displaced, fleeing across the country; nearly 2000 people died and damages amounted to over $80 billion (Jordan, et al. 2009). Soldiers, including the National Guard, were mobilized to assist while we were fighting two wars overseas. Blocked physical access and civil disorder kept responders from delivering aid. Victims of the hurricane were seen on rooftops to get shelter and were without food and water. All of the critical infrastructure sectors in the region were put out of commission at the same time and civil chaos ensued. Hospitals did not have the capacity to respond to the disaster and the government was ill-equipped to deal with the power outages, water shortages, and displacement of thousands of people. One of the lessons learned from Katrina is that natural disasters should be part of the national security agenda. It proved the devastating impact a natural disaster has on people of low socioeconomic status.
U.S. policymakers and academia consider climate change a national security threat. In “Climate Change and National Security: An Agenda for Action”, Busby describes how climate change discourse expanded beyond economics in 2007. There was growing
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