Communication climate-induced conflict or hospice earth: The increasing importance of eco-socialism

John Barkdull, Paul G. Harris

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What are the implications of global climate change for peace and human welfare in the future? The answer depends on the actual effects of climate change and how the world responds to them. Current economic and political systems are unlikely to produce the policy and institutional changes needed to reduce adequately the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions causing the problem, so some of the most dangerous effects of climate change could occur this century. Some observers posit that climate change will result in catastrophe, but specifics of this catastrophe range widely. Does climate change mean painful but manageable social disruption, requiring, for instance, populations to move and cities to be rebuilt? Or does climate change portend much worse, including major wars, the end of modern civilization or, incredibly, even the eventual extinction of humanity? If these more severe consequences are likely or possible, what kind of global society would be best able to survive, or at least cope? The answer may be found in eco-socialism and a ‘Hospice Earth’ that nurtures people and societies regardless of how bad the future becomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-243
Number of pages7
JournalGlobal Change, Peace and Security
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 4 2015


  • Climate change
  • Environment
  • Human security
  • Peace studies


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