Age of Consequences

January 7, 2018

Age of Consequences is a documentary that details the consequences of climate change from a purely national security viewpoint. I was stunned to see expert after expert from high-high up in the military discussing the consequences of climate change, how it affects global unrest and security, and how we in the U.S. and those around the world are negatively affected by it. 

Unfortunately, what we have done to our world is clearly causing rising sea levels and massive droughts around the world, not to mention horrific natural disaster problems (hurricanes, wildfires, etc.) But, looking beyond these terrible problems is another startling truth – civil unrest, wars, and the collapses of governments are often the direct result of climate change problems. 

When people are the victims of famine and drought, or weather problems, what do they do? They migrate in massive numbers to nearby countries, thus creating huge refugee problems. Unfortunately, many mass migrations of desperate people are causing people to flee by the tens of thousands into countries that are suffering from climate change problems themselves. Added to the problem is the trouble with terrorism and fanatical organizations. It’s a whole lot easier to convert people to your ranks when the masses are suffering from starvation and lack of any social services to speak of. 

Watching videos of truly massive numbers of people fleeing Syria, Iraq, and parts of Africa and literally running for their lives into neighboring countries is horrifying. Heartbreaking cannot begin to describe what you will feel watching these scenes. Looking at video of 80,000+ people living in refugee camps without access to basic necessities, while suffering from massive violence within the camps will make your stomach turn. Realizing that your government is not only refusing to help with the refugee problem and actively making the problem worse by refusing to invest in renewable energy sources and purposely investing in nasty things like coal, will make you embarrassed to be an American. 

There is some hope. I was surprised and delighted to discover that the U.S. military is actively investing in and using renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar. They are also recruiting veterans returning from places like Iraq and Afghanistan to work in renewable industries such as solar power. Frankly, it’s not enough – but it certainly is a start. 

We absolutely must continue to fight the current Administration on its insistence that climate change is some massive hoax administered by 97% of the world’s scientists (many of whom I have the pleasure of calling “colleagues” after my 13+ years of work in a major U.S. University). We must continue to make changes in our own lives, and we absolutely must continue to fight, fight, fight for our tax-dollars to go to reneweables, instead of towards more drilling in the Arctic or Alaska. 

1 John 1:8 (NRSV):  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

Serve all with love.

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