Climate change brings about further global violence: 50% of the world’s population will reside in the 40 less peaceful countries by 2050, this will be a 1.3 billion rise from 2020 levels as a result of environmental change.
This is as reported from a current study from the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP), which showed that 11 of 15 countries with the highest environmental threat scores are now classified as being in conflict.
Resource degradation is influenced by climate change and results in internal conflict. The report highlights the equivalence between the two, shown clearly through a lack of food and water; provoked by drought or increase in global temperatures and leading to violence as well as an absence of peace.
The amount of malnourished people has been increasing since 2016 and is forecast to go up to as much as 343 million by 2040, resulting in further conflict. Food insecurity has increased to 30.4% of the global population.
The study shows that this is a turnaround of the direction of previous decades, which saw an improvement in undernourishment and connects it strongly to the climate crisis.
The report urges for more action to be taken to alleviate climate change, whilst further bettering societal resilience.
Sub-Saharan Africa is noted as being the worst globally for food insecurity, with 66% of its population in agony from it. The population is predicted to hit 2.1 billion by 2050 and be affected the most by conflict & climate change.
Steve Killelea, Founder of the IEP, stated: “The solution to these problems lies in a more systemic approach, partially through the conscious integration of development agencies.
“The problems of conflict, food & water insecurity, displacement, business development, health, education and indeed climate change are interrelated and the interconnectedness of these relationships must be recognised for them to best be addressed.”
Climate change brings about further global violence