The “Climate Change and Land” Special Report of August 2019 from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has indicated that fossil-fuel-driven climate change is displacing farmers in the Global South which will lead to hundreds of millions and perhaps as many as a billion potential climate refugees. Nation-states — already demonstrating an inability to manage their borders effectively — may well be overwhelmed by these climate-induced social changes in the coming months, years and decades.
The evidence for the close and precarious link between agriculture and a changing climate is not new. For decades social scientists have underscored the built-in violence and vulnerability of the “green revolution” to climate change because of its substantial fossil fuel subsidies. The massive expenditure of fossil fuels required by this type of agriculture has contributed substantially to the build-up of atmospheric carbon, thereby further accelerating the pace and scope global climate change in a viscous self-destructive cycle of environmental degradation.
Bill McKibben has voiced a deep understanding of our new global circumstance emphasized in the latest IPCC Special Report. With empathy and compassion he has demonstrated the kind of moral leadership that will now be needed.
This cannot be ignored because it will be driven by hundreds of millions of potential climate refugees forced to leave flood-soaked or drought-stricken lands that can no longer support agriculture as changes in the climate become more severe.
As the volume of climate refugees mounts all over the world, we will need to come to the realization and learn to accept the fact that from now on we are all in some sense migrants on a burning planet.
- Waves of Migrants, Rising Seas: Floods, Droughts and the Global Climate Challenge to the Nation-State and International Community
- “Needed: An Honest Cost-Benefit Analysis of Fossil Fuels to Avoid Extinction”
as well as:
- The Fatal Consequences of a Misplaced Metaphor: The “Agricultural Industry” & The Delusion of Infinite Growth in A Finite Ecosystem
- The mistake of petro-intensive agriculture – the UNA “Global Engagement Summit” – 22 February 2019
- The Tragedy is that “We treat soil like dirt” — Topsoil, Climate Change and the Collapse of Civilizations
- Got a Carbon Problem? Fix it ! Part 2 – Global Crisis & Localized Responses
- Got a Carbon Problem? Fix it ! Part 3 – Growing Soil to Save the Human Prospect
- Climate Change, Soils and Humans as a Keystone Species in the Global Ecosystem
- What Comes After Paris COP21…? Agricultural Stress ==> Food Insecurity and ==> the Demand for “Climate Justice”
- Symphony of the Soil
as well as:
- Climate Change and Land — IPCC
- How our food is grown and consumed is making climate change worse. What can we do?
- Climate Change Threatens the World’s Food Supply, United Nations Warns – The New York Times
With further related discussions at:
- Supersizing Climate Change: U.N. Says Meat Production Destroys Land & Diminishes Key Water Sources
- The planet is being consumed by humans – CNN
- Food will be scarce, expensive and less nutritious, climate report says – CNN
- Mann: ‘Agriculture needs systemic change’ – CNN Video
- How to Understand the IPCC’s New Climate Warning – The Atlantic
- New IPCC Report Warns of Vicious Cycle Between Soil Degradation and Climate Change
- Survivable IPCC projections based on science fiction – reality is far worse
- Survivable IPCC projections are based on science fiction – the reality is much worse
- Protesting Immigration Policy, and Why I Decided to Get Arrested | Bill McKibben | The New Yorker
- Climate change: 12 years to save the planet? Make that 18 months – BBC News
- Can Earth be saved? | Inside Story
- David Wallace-Wells, “The Uninhabitable Earth”
- The Uninhabitable Earth author David Wallace-Wells | Code 2019
- Trump Purging HUNDREDS Of Scientists
- Scientists Upset With Moving Two USDA Research Agencies
- Examining the Impacts of Relocating USDA Research Agencies on Agriculture Research
- Donald Trump USDA Climate Science Quash Squanders US Science Leadership | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC
- USDA Pushes Out Scientists With Relocation Ultimatum | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC
Related information on activities of agribusiness firms promoting the expansion of petro-intensive agriculture:
- Full Documentary: The World According to Monsanto
- Report: Monsanto Ran Spying and Intimidation Campaign Against Critics
- I’m a journalist. Monsanto built a step-by-step strategy to destroy my reputation | Carey Gillam | Opinion | The Guardian
- Documents Reveal Monsanto Surveilled Journalists, Activists & Even Musician Neil Young
- Specific news sources on Monsanto…
For a longer-view critique of post-World War II “development” practices based on petro-intensive agricultural strategies see: