Defense and Security Companies Are Planning to Cash in on Climate Change and Environmental Collapse
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However, we must also be prepared to reclaim the climate adaptation agenda from one based on acquisition through dispossession and the self-interested security agendas of the powerful to one based on universal human rights and the dignity of all people. We simply cannot afford to leave our future in the hands of the securocrats and corporations when difficult decisions have to be taken.
The recent experience of Hurricane Sandy, where the Occupy movement put the federal government to shame in their response to the crisis, shows the power of popular movements to respond positively to local disasters. Yet local responses by themselves will not be enough. We need broader international strategies that check corporate and military power while globalising the tools for resilience. This means putting forward progressive solutions around food, water, energy and coping with extreme weather that provide viable alternatives to the market-based and security-obsessed approaches favoured by our governments. Perhaps most importantly, we need to start packaging these ideas in positive visions for the future that will empower people to reject dystopia and reclaim a liveable just future for all.
Nick Buxton and Ben Hayes are co-editors of a forthcoming book on the Securitisation of Climate Change to be published by the Transnational Institute in 2013.