October 22, 2012

Climate Change is a Foreign Policy Issue

Hillary Clinton calls attention to energy as a foreign policy priority, citing the oil riches of Iran and the South China Sea as issues where diplomacy and economics converge. [Bloomberg News Businessweek]

Climate change is a foreign policy issue for humanitarian reasons.
Americans are blessed with a land that is rich in resources: abundant and fertile farmlands, oceans of plenty to feed us. Not every country has the luxuries we do; and not everyone in this country partakes of our bounty. We have a moral obligation, as good people, to care for one another. Far distant archipelagos may be underwater first, but our own shores will also be threatened. Already, Florida and other coastal areas are feeling the effects of climate change. Our love of people knows no national boundaries.
Climate change is a foreign policy issue for military reasons.
Our military leaders know this. They know that their soldiers–our husbands and wives, our children–are the ones whose lives are on the line when wars break out over the shrinking resources caused by water shortages and unproductive land. That's why our military leaders, never known for their radicalism, are pushing for innovative sustainable energies. They want to keep our soldiers out of harm's way.
Climate change is a foreign policy issue for economic reasons.
America has long been a global leader in engineering innovation and entrepreneurial ingenuity. That's what it takes to create solutions to large, seemingly impossible problems. We put people on the moon! We cannot lose our edge in technological innovation–the first time in our history that we will have done so. We need to reassert our leadership so that we can build solutions–global solutions–to climate chaos, together.
Climate change is a foreign policy issue. Because we are all in this together. All of us. All over the world.
Our Earth's atmosphere has been compromised by air pollution. And we all breathe the same air, when you get right down to it. We must demand that the candidates give us their plans to slow, and then reverse, the changing climate that is bringing us tragic and extreme storms, flooding, heat waves, and droughts.
Tell our candidates: Break Your Climate Silence.
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