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WHY CLIMATE CRISES WILL AFFECT FOREIGN POLICY BY OLADOSU ADENIKE

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WHY CLIMATE CRISES WILL AFFECT FOREIGN POLICY BY OLADOSU ADENIKE
          Climate change is one of the greatest crises of the century; claiming lives and destroying ecosystem. One of the less reported “news worthy” topics is; will climate change affect foreign policy and international relation or will trade and investment affects the foreign policy of nations? With recent announcement of Donald Trump on plans to add countries to his existing travel ban. These have to examine the relationship between climate change and conflict. Expanded list as reported includes; Belarus, Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania. The list was modified following a series of court challenges and now restricts some citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Venezuela and North Korea.
According to officials, “this travel ban profoundly successful in protecting our country and raising the security baseline around the world. The American people need to be protected against conflicts and wars arising from other nations; stopping the importation of terrorism.” Nice as the idea, the root causes of conflicts around the world need to be confronted as “beheading is not a cure for headache.” Have we asked why are conflicts arising? The causes of most conflict are due to the fight for resource control and power struggle. Climate change is fueling armed conflict and armed conflict is fueling climate crises in most part of Africa and Middle East.
This raises the dire need of international support to fight against trans-Sahara terrorism ravaging Africa and some part of Middle East. The promotion of green democracy and disarmament through the use of I.C.T, traditional and religious institution is very important. To achieve world peace, we need to tackle the reoccurring cause of conflict: climate change and bad governance. This can be done by promoting democratic values in Africa and the Middle East as change in foreign policies by powerful countries to poorer countries will lead to a less peaceful world.

Oladosu Adenike is an ecofeminist and a peace activist

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