Earth Hour is a global movement uniting people around the world to engage in positive action to protect our natural environment. For one hour on the 29th of March, cities and households around the world will flick the switch to show each individual action can have a ginormous global impact.
Earth Hour and Peace
Environmental sustainability and peace are both incredibly complex subjects; they are both interlinked and can be mutually reinforcing.
Similarly, climate change can be seen as a cause of conflict, and conflict deflecting the resources and ability to maintain environmentally sustainable solutions.
Climate change risks and conflict
The physical consequences of climate change might include a rise in global temperatures, subsequent melting of polar ice-caps, which will lead to a rise of the sea-levels. It is widely argued that a rise in temperatures will also lead to an increase in natural disasters such as severe droughts, hurricanes and floods.
The social consequences of this are obviously catastrophic. Some of the greatest threats to peace that we can predict over the next century will be the impact of climate change: such as forced migration, lack of natural resources, and a rise in conflict in the wake of natural disasters.
Flick the switch
In order for us to create global changes towards a more peaceful and environmentally sustainable planet, we need to inspire individuals to act locally, world leaders to partner globally. Check out more on Earth Hour.Related Articles
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