Apparently, the climate will play a big role in defining who lives and who dies in the future. In a summary in the Global Journal they describe Welzer as “a sociologist, measures climate change by the amount and extent of violence, as societies search for strategies to adapt to new realities.” The book, published in 2008 in German and now available in English looks deeper into these outbreaks of violence.
In the future idealogical clashes and identities will be less important, the author believes or at least they will cause less conflicts than in the past. That is the case because there is one big new cause for violence: the changing climate and a shrinking amount of resources.
Drinking water is one of the big issues Welzer talks about. That is because not everyone will have enough if it – that is not even the case today, much worse in the future. The lack of water can quickly lead to mass violence, to civil wars and such.
Climate change leads to a growing number of refugees and migrants already today. Welzer believes it will be the one big reason for people to leave their land behind and try to settle somewhere else where the climate is not as harsh. The amount of places where living is possible will shrink over the years while the world population keeps growing. Rich countries are already preparing to keep “climate refugees” out, what kind of world are we heading into?
When we talk about climate change we think about the climate. We might think about islands and forests dissapearing but we harldy ever think about war. “Violence, so Welzer says, has always been society’s answer to problems. The real challenge of climate change is therefore not an issue of finding technological or scientific solutions, but rather of social collective action.” It is time to take up topics like justice, responsibility and security and make them part of the climate discourse – why not in Rio?