Ukraine and Russia are at war and it’s considered the greatest risk to world peace since World War II. Global security is teetering on the edge, and we would be very foolish to underestimate this threat. It’s a very precarious situation, and if it escalates, a whole world of trouble awaits.
We discussed the Ukraine extensively on The Know Show this week – asking questions, trying to work out the end-game, attempting to map out what escalation would look like if it gets bigger, and the impact it could have. Go and have a listen if you’re interested and share your thoughts. The Ukraine section starts at 19.10.
As I’ve said many times before, from a climate emergency perspective, we cannot afford war. We just can’t. Major escalation would tip us over the edge into territory we do not want to be in. And if nuclear weapons are used, well…. The cockroaches might be able to survive. We won’t.
I want to draw your attention to one article: Rockström on Climate Risk and Conflict at Munich Security Conference – see below in the environment section.
Just pulling two important paragraphs from this article.
Human-made climate change has arrived at centre-stage in the security community. “We are currently experiencing a serious hammering by multiple, inter-connected, systemic risks and crises, which together threaten global security,” Rockström said.
“The military threat to Ukraine, part of a wider geopolitical crisis. The surging and volatile energy prices. The climate crisis that hits harder than expected, earlier than expected, and affects all nations. This is a world of rising turbulence and systemic risks. The Scientific conclusion is that the creeping climate crisis has reached a point of a Planetary Emergency. An emergency that if we fail to solve it will pose major immediate and long-term security threats, that interact with pandemics and conflict.”
When I read this article I knew the time had arrived – peace is over. Now how we manage ourselves is the critical piece. We don’t have a history of ever getting it right, but we can do it. Importantly, we have to unite and face these multiple crisis together.
I will never stop believing we can do it, but to achieve it, we cannot be silent. We must raise our voice and use all of our power to push the world in the right direction. If you don’t think your voice makes a difference, time to change that narrative.
Every voice matters. Speak up and let’s get moving in the right direction. We’ve got a lot of planning to do, but war cannot be part of the plan. War will impact us in ways we cannot even imagine. Not just from the devastation of war, but from an acceleration of the climate emergency.
We can not do this to our children.
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Content to read
Here’s the content I’ve been reading this last week. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read or watch them all. Knowledge is power, and global knowledge is even more powerful. Moving global politics up top this week and will keep it there while this war is at the centre of the news.
Global politics – focus in Ukraine
Ukrainian President Zelenskyy’s heartbreaking, defiant speech to the Russian people [English sub.]
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