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June 22, 2009 – I had hoped to discuss the toxicity of warfare in today’s post, but I’ve been trying for the last hour, and it seems I inevitably wind up writing about it on a sociological, rather than an environmental, level. Of course, climate change IS a sociological problem. In fact, now that I think about it, climate change produces some of the same results as warfare.
- It makes people afraid; so afraid, in fact, that people won’t even talk about it.
- It causes dislocation of people.
- It will cause panic, which reduces the ability of people to respond in a reasoned manner.
- It will cause people to have to fight for their survival, if they have
done nothing to plan for the inescapable problems.
- It could very well cause wars between groups of people, probably over clean water.
What would be the best way of avoiding panic? By planning for climate change now.
What would be the best way of assuring people’s survival? By planning for climate change now.
What would be the best way of avoiding wars? By planning for climate
change now.
What would be the best way of planning for climate change? Start today.
What would be the next best way of planning for climate change? Start reducing population growth today.
What would be the next essential step in planning for climate change? Agreeing that all international disputes would be settled by the International Courts at The Hague.

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