Climate change & Australia’s National Security

Australia’s current Federal government has been flogging the dead horse of ‘national security’ for a long time now, yet when it comes to Climate Change, they’re incapable of seeing the potential for true national security impacts.

What impacts?

Answer: the refugee crisis looming amongst low-lying pacific nations.

As sea levels rise, many of these small, island nations will either cease to exist altogether, or they will lose so much land mass that their populations will be squeezed past tolerable levels. One of the first to go will be Tuvalu:

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As the largest, and emptiest land mass in the region, Australia will have to take responsibility for its share of displaced people. These Refugees won’t be from the other side of the world, they’ll be on our doorstep, and we will have a moral obligation to help.

In the Innerscape trilogy, I forecast that Australia would accept its responsibilities in the region, albeit grudgingly. The way things are going, however, I’m no longer sure we will. But what if we don’t?

If Australia’s government continues denying the impacts of Climate Change, we’re going to be caught without a paddle when reality proves the deniers wrong. There will be refugees, and if we refuse to accept them, our poorer neighbours will not be able to cope. That’s when they will look at our large landmass and tiny population and say “this isn’t right”, “they shouldn’t be allowed to shirk their duty”, “they’re letting us suffer while they live selfish, greedy lives”.

Guess what happens then?

Haven’t we, and our Western allies invaded other countries for similar, ‘humanitarian’ reasons?

For a more detailed analysis of the impacts, please read the article by Chris Barrie on the Conversation Room[Chris Barrie is Honorary Professor, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University]

We have to stop thinking of Climate Change as a ‘choice’. It isn’t. We’re going to be hit from all sides in the not-so-distant future, and only a concerted, united effort with our neighbours will save us.

If the military can see that Climate Change is a problem for national security, why can’t the Liberal National Party?

Meeks

 

 

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24 responses to “Climate change & Australia’s National Security

  • Mick Canning

    No matter how bad it gets, the deniers – who unfortunately seem to include a huge number of politicians in the western world – will just deny it is happening. All off to hell in a handcart? Very possibly.

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  • flawedman

    We have coined the phrase ‘travel broadens the mind ‘ but what it really does is create an inner restlessness , so we end up with vast airports and massive road networks. The desire to go somewhere must be replaced by the satisfaction of being somewhere. Give a child a spade and some sand and he is content building sand castles.

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    • acflory

      Mmm…yes and no. I think the urge to travel/seek out the new, is hardwired into young brains. I also think we need the new in order to appreciate what we have to come home to. I know that happened to me, back in the dawn of time. The urge to make something grow in one place didn’t hit me until my 30s.
      That said, we will have to find less destructive ways of travelling, or stay closer to home, if we are to have a future.

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      • flawedman

        Things have changed ; in hunter gatherer days the only traveling they did was to eat. Animals don’t travel they mark out a territory and live in it , no mountain climbing for them.

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        • acflory

          -grin- But what about those geese? And moose?

          I take your point though; travelling for pleasure is very new, but it can break down the parochial biases that give rise to the whole ‘us vs them’ mindset. 🙂

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  • Bette A. Stevens

    We’re all in this together, AC… Sharing your insights.

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  • Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.

    Interesting Meeks. at the moment most of us in other Western countries have our heads firmly in political chaos of one kind or another.. and when the inevitable happens, surprise will be claimed.. as usual.

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  • D. Wallace Peach

    Same issues in the US. Of course, Republicans in the US will simply chant, “Let them die” as they did when committed to denying healthcare to their countrymen. The willingness to let people suffer is outrageous. And nothing is going to change until the suffering lands on our leaders’ doorsteps.

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    • acflory

      Yes. The problem is, our leaders are always the very last to have anything land on their doorsteps. After all, they still have those bunkers left over from the Cold War.

      ‘She’ll be right, mate.’

      We’re all happy for the $hit to hit someone else’s fan. -sigh-

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  • Candy Korman

    The twin horses called ‘Economic Growth’ and ‘National Security’ are going to kill us all with climate change…

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    • flawedman

      The Club of Rome has been fighting for limits to growth for decades but we seem to have a built in desire for progression , absolutely nothing can be allowed to stand still. Science is in restless pursuit of knowledge continuously.

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      • acflory

        I agree, but how much of that is conditioned into us from a young age? The corporates have no other raison d’etre but growth and shareholder dividends. Everything else is just monopoly money. But for that constant growth to happen, they have to convince /us/ to consume…all…the…bloody…time.

        There’s a tv show on Australia tv called Gruen. No idea what the name means but essentially it’s a panel of advertising gurus explaining how advertising works.

        Gruen is very funny, a lot of the time, but it’s also rather horrifying because they know exactly how to press those subconscious buttons. And they see nothing wrong with manipulating us for their clients. It’s not quite subliminal advertising, but it pulls every other trick in the book.
        I fear that we’re going to have to learn about true ‘need’ before anything changes.

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    • acflory

      Ah…sorry. Replying to comments in reverse order. If I were biblically inclined, I’d say we have two of the four horses of the apocalypse right there. 😦

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  • flawedman

    You make a good point and in Europe we see the same thing but these are poor migrants hoping for a better lifestyle , rather than desperate people who have nowhere to go.
    Everything revolves around money because money boils down to lifestyle and we all wish to protect our own lifestyle.
    Thousands of years ago the strongest tribe had the best land and hunting grounds and our tribal instincts have not changed with technological advances. Curiously even Extinction Rebellion are trying to maintain human lifestyle but the climate is no respector of any creatures and it may be the turn of the rat to become top- dog.

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    • acflory

      Yes, that us against them instinct hasn’t changed, and you’re right about lifestyle and money. Nevertheless, a drop in lifestyle is quite bearable if it occurs slowly and with an element of control. I guess that’s all the Extinction Rebellion protesters want. Sadly I think what we’ll all get is a last minute, extreme knee jerk reaction that exemplifies ‘too little, too late’.

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  • daleleelife101.blog

    Sadly Meeks, best case scenario on current form, climate change -which the flat-earthers really don’t rate as an actual thing- refugees will be treated same as the other so-called wannabe queue jumper riff raff and whacked into an offshore detention centre which will likely have waves lapping at its doorstep, so those in charge that no-one has owned up to voting for can complain about how much it costs to pay the corporation it uses conveniently as a budget line item to sweep its responsibility under the mat of humanity… or worst case scenario, we’ll all be in the same boat/s… figuratively and literally.

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