African Security is at stake!
Usually I am against teh „securitization“ of climate change. Mainly European politicians try to argue that a flood of climate refugees will destabilize Europe. Bullskit! While I support seeing climate change as a meta-topic, going over a range of fields from environmental, energy to social policy, it becomes obvious that securitization serves mainly the purpose of building up borders, armies and a „we vs them“-thinking.
However, climate change is connected to security – but not in Europe! As I read on AllAfrica.com today.
According to International Alert, 23 African countries will face „a high risk of violent conflict“ when climate change exacerbates traditional security threats. A further 14 African countries face „a high risk of political instability“.
Climate change is affecting the revenue and expenditure side of national budgets. It cannot be treated solely as an environmental issue but needs to be seen as integral to growth and development strategies, both to ensure that risks are managed and opportunities such as investments in renewable energy and low carbon growth are seized.