Trying to Follow What Is Going on in Syria and Why? This Comic Will Get You There in 5 Minutes.
The headlines are full of the heartbreaking stories of Syrian refugees — including young children — who have died trying to reach safety in other countries. The story of these refugees is deeply tied to the effects of climate change.
Syria experienced a massive drought between 2006 and 2010, which provided the environment where a tiny spark can set of a massive fire. And all evidence points to climate change being the culprit.
And if it is climate change being the culprit, it’s only a question of when, not if, something an order of magnitude worse hits much closer to home.
“We are experiencing a surprising uptick in global insecurity … partially due to our inability to manage climate stress.” That’s how Columbia University professor Marc Levy (who also does studies for the U.S. government) summed it up.
What’s happening in Syria and across Europe is part of a larger story that affects us all.