Climate Change and Violence in the Philippines

“From Syria to Kidapawan: time to look at climate change as a peace issue

“On April 1, the Philippines was shocked by violence in Kidapawan City, the capital of Cotabato Province, where police opened fire on farmers protesting and asking for rice, killing three and injuring 116.

“Eighty-seven were listed as missing in the incident, which erupted over frustrated farmers experiencing an intense drought brought on by the El Nino climate phenomenon who felt the government was doing nothing for them. The Philippines is an island nation frequently battered y weather, often typhoons. Now it is drought.


GR:  According to the MIT computer model commissioned by the Club of Rome (Limits to Growth, 1974), the collapse of human civilization begins around 2020 (  The collapse results from our growing population’s use of the planet’s limited resources, and the environmental pollution accompanying use of those resources.  The severity of climate-change impacts may have moved up the beginning of the collapse.  To this year.
However, the collapse will be gradual.  Many people will not feel the shocks of our failing civilization for another 10-20 years.

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