Syria Post #4

It’s important to take notice of the changing climate and environmental state around us. As humans, we have the power and the ability to change, harm, or aid the environment. As of now, the future of our planet looks bleak, and the perpetuation of overuse of water and other recourses, the lack of recycling, and deforestation are contributing to the ominous foreshadowing of the future. Since we do have so much power on this planet, it is our job to help sustain the planet, or else we could be forcing ourselves into a detrimental state of being.

I believe we do have a moral obligation to help the planet. We must feel a connection to the Earth that has sustained us and given us a place to live. Although this may sound silly, it is true. The Earth has provided us with food, water, health, and land to live on, and it is our job to make sure we do not ruin a place that has given us so much. It is our only place and way to live, and we we have a moral obligation to help each other out, we must help the Earth so that we as a people do not die out as the environment does.

Environmental Issues in Syria

Syria has been experiencing an environmental crisis, as well as a social and political crisis for years. Climate & Security states that, “From 2006-2011, up to 60% of Syria’s land experienced, in the terms of one expert, ‘the worst long-term drought and most severe set of crop failures since agricultural civilizations began in the Fertile Crescent many millennia ago'”.  The GAR, or the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction also stated that last year, 75% of the most “vulnerable” Syrians dependent on their crops and agriculture in the south and northeast suffered total crop failure. Herders in the northeast also took a hit, losing around 85% of their livestock, which affected 1.3 million people (Climate&Security).

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In a country where agriculture and livestock are the key factors to sustaining its inhabitants, this hit has been disastrous. 8000,000 Syrians had lost their livelihood due to the droughts in 2009, and just last January crop failures forced 2,000 farmers to move to the cities. Hundreds of thousands of people have had to flee form farming communities to the cities in the last 7 years due to the devastation of the droughts. These droughts have been said to be affecting climate change in the Mediterranean and the Middle East, and it is estimated that it will affect the future climate of these regions, too. Climate & Security states, “if current rates of global greenhouse gas emissions continue, yields of rainfed crops in the country may decline ‘between 29 and 57 percent from 2010 to 2050′”. With the current war occurring in Syria, it is hard to predict that much environmental change is on its way. Most Syrians are focused on escaping the war-clad area and moving to European countries in order to escape the social, political, and religious unrest.

Some organizations have been involved with Syria, although water.org is not one of them. From the research I’ve done, it seems as though most aid-groups are not focused on helping with their environment, but helping the Syrians move to safer regions. Greenpeace.org is one of these organizations that are aiding Syria. The website states, “As winter approaches, we have stationed three rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RHIBs) on the island to carry out rescue activities at sea to refugee boats in distress”. It is the job of Green Peace to help the refugees as they cross the dangerous waters to the coast of Greece, for some boats are too small for the amount of people on them and many capsize. They provide immediate assistance as they sail ashore and it is their mission to save lives. GP0STPGVK_Web_size.jpg

(Green Peace and MSF nurses/volunteers assisting refugees)

Syria: Climate Change, Drought and Social Unrest

http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/responding-to-refugee-boats-in-distress/

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