Climate Disruption Now – Syria and California

We have been hearing about climate change (or what activist and experts working on the issue prefer to call “Climate Disruption” or “Climate Crisis”, because climate change sounds of safe and possibly even positive) for a long time.  Despite Republican denials, it is really happening.  Sometime it is sparking huge international political changes, without getting the credit for them it deserves.

One example of this is Syria, where the political unrest and giant refugee problem can be directly attributed to climate disruption.  Specifically, overgrazing and desertification.

This forced Syrians from their rural homes into urban centers

This forced over a million Syrians from their rural homes into urban centers.

And the urban centers already had water and unemployment problems.  The Assad government largely ignored this situation, which lead to protests, arrests, torture of demonstrators and increasing calls for regime change.  A recently released WikiLeaks document shows the US was considering fostering an ISIS-like group in Syria, years ago, in hopes that Assad would overreact.  He has.  The country is now torn by war and half the country (over 9 million people) have been displaced from their homes.  Most will never return.

California is in the worst drought of decades, leading to wild fires destroying property and habitats.  A recent fire destroyed Harbin Hot Springs, which was a spa that Hawina and i visited a number of times.  Losing a spa is not the same as losing your country.  But in both cases people found themselves homeless and surprised by that.

harbin fire

I visited here in June.  125 members of Harbin lost their homes in the fire.

While the struggle in Syria is generally not attributed to climate disruption, the California fires are.  This abstract idea of climate disruption is going to start influencing people who thought either it was not real or they could comfortably ignore it.

Climate disruption is already happening and you are going to get hit by it.

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About paxus

a funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.

One response to “Climate Disruption Now – Syria and California”

  1. abbeeveggiesplease says :

    I’ve visited Harbin myself, I’m so sad to hear that it was destroyed!!

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