Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Earth’s Growing Migration Headache
The current massive migrations from North Africa and ISIS-invested lands in the Middle East toward Europe are the result of ultra-violence and political desperation. Things have gotten so bad that people are willing to place the lives and the lives of their children at risk to climb on to severely over-crowded boats, travel in locked trucks, where death lurks at every moment. The images of ever-increasing hordes of such migrants confronting trains, hostile paramilitary forces, and theoretically open borders sealed with thick reams of barbed wire and deep feelings of hopelessness and alienation over deeply uncertain futures in lands deeply unwelcoming to these desperate masses are all over the airways and the Web.
Well, the world better get used to such massive movements of people, all leaving horrific conditions behind in a desperate attempt to stay alive. For too many, staying in their homeland is becoming a guarantee of either a high risk of violence, torture and death or a slow extinguishment of life by an agonizing starvation as crops die, water disappears and land turns into permanent desert. Children with bloated bellies, eyes closing in their final moments, flies buzzing around their barren blank eyes are the new face of global climate change.
The hordes of assembling migrants-in-the-making are massive. They see lands not plagued by war, fields green with crops, reservoirs rippling with water, and cities filled with potential jobs as the new Holy Grail. These people are forced to find hope in places far from where they were born and raised. Their movement has been and will be resisted, opposed by mostly-Western nations hell-bent on stemming what they see has a life altering invasion of people they cannot possibly support without major personal sacrifices. The migrants, on the other hand, have absolutely nothing to lose. With death as their realistic major alternative, their eyes are focused on survival.
The fossil-fuel burning industrial revolution, the construction of large power-plants, highways filled with vehicles, still unattainable luxuries to well over a billion people on earth, are the product of a Western-led march towards progress. The Western world profited greatly from the industrial revolution, which generated the greenhouse gasses that are decimating farmland and the subsistence farmers who try desperately to pull failing crops from arid dirt.
“As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at a recent State Department-led conference on climate change in the Arctic, the scenes of chaos and heartbreak in Europe will be repeated globally unless the world acts to mitigate climate change… ‘Wait until you see what happens when there's an absence of water, an absence of food, or one tribe fighting against another for mere survival,’ Kerry said.
‘When global warming takes hold there could be as many as 200 million people overtaken’ by the consequences, professor Norman Myers of Oxford University argued in a 2005 paper. For comparison’s sake, 350,000 migrants sought entry into the European Union in 2014, the