By Andres Ibarra |Staff Writer|
As the world becomes an even hotter oven, the demand for natural resources like water is rising and many fear the possibility of nations going to war over the declining resources.
The possibility of conflict over natural resources accompanying climate change is hitting the poor the hardest.
Retired Brig. General Chris King told Responding to Climate Change, an internet blog, that dealing with climate change is like getting sucked into a war that lasts 100 years and that the military will need to plan when trouble starts.
“There is no exit strategy that is available for many of the problems,” King told the blog. “You can see in military history, when they don’t have fixed durations, that’s when you’re most likely to not win.”
He was not the only former military general to speak up about the growing concerns over climate change and the possibility of war over essential resources.
In an interview with Fox News, retired Rear Adm. David Titley said that the parallels between the events of World War I and current events are eerily close.
“The decisions made in 1914 reflected policies for short-term gains and benefits, coupled with institutional benefits, and a failure to imagine and understand the risks or to learn from past history,” said Titley to Fox.
He also said that whole climate changes may not be the immediate cause of increased tensions and conflict but it still plays a significant role once it hits the superpowers.
In an interview with Slate, Titley said that in a hypothetical situation, a prolonged drought in China or Russia would lead them to exert rights and get aggressive with contracted African nations.
“If you start getting instability in large powers with nuclear weapons, it’s not a good day,” Titley said to Slate.
Titley added that the U.S. would probably get involved with these conflicts due corporations that not only have stakes on different resources but also have great influence on different political parties, that include Exxon, Boening, and Coca-Cola.
When asked about the possibility of U.S. involvement, student Tyler Rahier said that while he doesn’t expect it any time soon, he wouldn’t be surprised due to how greedy some people can be.
There are many people, however, who don’t see the possibility of war over climate change or depleting resources happening in the near future.
According to Gallup, a data-driven news site, not many Americans take interest in climate changes, with only one-third of the general public thinking it is a concern.
Many people believe that going to war over climate change doesn’t seem necessary and they would instead learn to adapt as many others have in the past.
Dr. Mark Clark, one of the directors of the Political Science departments, said that he can’t see nations going to war over climate change.
“There have always been conflicts over climate change, but the situations sound more hypothetical,” said Clark.
Clark later explained how most people would usually just adapt to different environmental changes rather than attack others and used the Navajo Indians as an example.
Even though war may not happen right away, always consider the possibility that war can occur.