Why this story needs to be told
We're going in the wrong direction and I think the only way to counter that is to bring the story home in really concrete ways to people, vivid ways that kids can understand, non-scientists can understand.
The Pentagon has long seen climate change as a “threat multiplier,” a “stressor” that can take a volatile political situation and push it over the edge.
In Climate Wars, YEARS correspondent Thomas L. Friedman witnesses this effect in three Middle Eastern countries: Egypt, Syria and Yemen.
Yemen; Egypt; Syria; Turkey; UK; Kansas; Washington, D.C.
Meet The Characters
If the people can’t find bread, they will make a revolution.
This is the first time we saw such a drought. I'd been there for years, and this was the first time such a drought happened. The first time. We spoke out about the drought saying the government must help. But no one gave a damn. Instead, they brought us in for interrogation. And in the end they detained us for two months.
I was 17 when the drought started. We lost the land. Our way of life changed completely.
Behind The Scenes
Thomas L. Friedman talks about why he cares about climate change and what he’s seen while working on Years of Living Dangerously.
Science Behind The Story
2-3 million people
From 2006-2010 Syria was hit by four consecutive droughts that forced over a million people to leave their villages and put 2-3 million people into “extreme poverty,” according to the United Nations.SOURCE
2-3 million people
From 2006-2010 Syria was hit by four consecutive droughts that forced over a million people to leave their villages and put 2-3 million people into “extreme poverty,” according to the United Nations.
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
There’s a strong link between rising temperatures and the risk of heat waves. So we can make a clear case for the risk of that heat wave which occurred in Russia and other heatwaves which occurred around the world, being increased as a result of human influence on climate.