The Effects Of Climate Change On Social, Political, And Economic Stability

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In Egypt, the same word for bread is life. Food security and clean water are indispensable to survival, and how do societies react when exogenous variables prohibit access to the basic staples of life? Manfred Steger speaks briefly on globalization and environmental degradation and fails to draw real conclusions about the impact of climate change on social, political, and economic stability. In Steger’s A Brief Introduction to Globalization, he contends that, “how people view their natural environment depends to a great extent on their cultural milieu… [And] the US-dominated culture industry seeks to convince its global audience that the meaning and chief value of life can be found in the limitless accumulation of material possessions” (2003, p. 86). He later contends that a “revision” of our current extractivist-oriented cultural regime must occur as a response to our pleading planet, as if only culture were to blame (2003, p. 92). This paper underlines the connectedness of climate change and social unrest and uses case studies from the Arab Spring to color the arching narrative that the awakening was catalyzed and intensified by climate change.
Egypt and Unsuspecting Syria
The normal consensus is that rising food prices helped create the conditions for the Arab Spring (Klein 2014). Laying the data out suggests a stronger correlation of climate change and revolution sensitivity. Thomas L. Friedman, three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and columnist for the New York Times
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