On September 17th, ASP President Brigadier General Stephen Cheney spoke with Steve Goldstein from Arizona’s NPR affiliate, KJZZ. They discussed the national security implications of climate change at home and abroad.
“No doubt about it, the earth is getting warmer,” BGen Cheney said in discussing how warmer global temperatures affect military installations and global instability. Climate change is a threat multiplier, exacerbating droughts and shifting rain patterns, and regional instability, explained BGen Cheney. In situations of extreme drought, “crops dry up, and you see people move.” BGen Cheney underscored the connection between climate change and instability with the example of Syria: “All the farmers moved to the cities, they instantly became targets for ISIS,” contributing significantly to instability in the region and serving as a threat multiplier.
Listen to the full conversation from KJZZ here.