Wars have been a means of resolving conflicts since the beginning of time. Conflicts of the future will be fought over the lack of local resources basic to life – fresh water and food. By 2050, it is estimated that 8 billion people will live in cities; world population will grow to 9 billion. Climate change and increasing populations are severely straining rivers, reducing farmland (24% is already gone) and creating conflicts along borders formed by water. Fresh water, in particular, is seen as a vital economic resource and a critical element of geo-political relations and national security interests.
The Camden Conference announces the fourth topic in the new Discussion Series – entitled “Climate Change and War – Inevitable?” Join the conversation! The discussions are like a book group, requiring preparation by reading short articles/viewing brief videos that form the basis of your participation. Estimated time to prepare for this topic is 40 minutes. There is a 10-page article and two audio interviews 15-minutes. We would like to emphasize that there are additional articles and videos listed for this topic that you may want to view to enhance your knowledge. A facilitator from the local community will be there to keep the discussion on track.
The essential articles and videos are listed below, or you may click here to download the complete reading list. Alternatively, a reading copy of the essential articles will be available at the library circulation desk.
For assistance or more information about the Camden Conference Discussion Series, please contact the Camden Conference Office by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 207-236-1034.
The 27th Annual Camden Conference: The Global Politics of Food and Water, will be held February 21 through 23, 2014. The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world affairs through year-round community events, public and student engagement, and an annual weekend conference.