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An Initial View of Environmental Security

Norman Myers --

I first raised the concept of ES (environmental security) in the mid-1970s when I wrote a report for the Organization for African Unity on the Ogaden war between Ethiopia and Somalia. The war had been caused in major measure by deforestation and soil erosion, plus runaway population growth and poverty, in the Ethiopian highlands, which triggered widespread famine followed by a mass migration from the highlands toward the lowlands and hence toward the Ogaden--which Somalia viewed as prelude to an invasion.

This opening presentation of the concept was confirmed in the late 1970s by the architect of the 1967 Israel victory in the Six Day War, General Moshe Dayan. He assured me that a prime motivation for the war, on top of General Nasser's manoeuvrings, was the threat by Syria and Jordan to sequester a good part of the River Jordan's flows -- a threat viewed by Israel as a sufficient casus belli. Around the same time, moreover, Ethiopia was asserting its plan to divert much of the Blue Nile to irrigate extensive sectors of its highlands. Egypt promptly declared that if this occurred, it would immediately declare war.

Water has long served as a key illustration of ES....

"Few threats to peace and survival of the human community are greater than those posed by the prospects of cumulative and irreversible degradation of the biosphere on which human life depends. True security cannot be achieved by mounting buildup of weapons (defence in a narrow sense), but only by providing basic conditions for solving non-military problems which threaten them. Our survival depends not only on military balance, but on global cooperation to ensure a sustainable environment."

Publishers Weekly review of Myer's 1996 book Ultimate Security -- Just as the Cold War has dominated the last four decades, environmental conflicts will become the "principle threat to security and peace" in the years ahead, argues Myers ( Future Worlds ). In a provocative description of the new concept of environmental security, which he helped establish, the author offers much evidence that environmental factors--from deforestation and desertification to global warming and ozone depletion--will loom larger in world affairs. His book is chockablock with recent portents: how loss of topsoil in the Philippines pushed citizens to the guerrilla side; how Britain and Iceland nearly clashed over marine fisheries; how the threatened cut-off of water flows from rivers outside its borders helped cause Israel's 1967 war against the Arabs. Looking ahead, Myers examines major international regions and predicts loss of stability or out-and-out conflict over natural resource-related issues in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Indian subcontinent and elsewhere. The number of "environmental refugees" alone could reach 400 million, he claims, as the greenhouse effect kicks in, causing higher sea levels and flooding. The author urges United States-led collective action by the world's nations.

"I do not see how anyone can claim to be informed about what is probably humanity's single most important problem without having read Ultimate Security."
- Robert Heilbroner, New School of Social Research (and Graduate Faculty adviser to GreenPolicy's siterunner).
Siterunner note: The UN in 2015/2016 estimates refugees at 65+ million due to environmental/economic disruption and war

Ultimate Security

Paperback: 308 pages
Publisher: Island Press (October 1996)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1559634995
ISBN-13: 978-1559634991



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Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (German Institute for International and Security Affairs)
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World Institute for Nuclear Security
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