Research is being done at environmental schools at colleges and universities around the world on the topic of environmental change and how it impacts human security. This research broadens the traditional concept of security into one that accounts for how people are affected when their environment changes.
Most people think of security as how well you can protect something or defend it. That’s generally true, but it’s only one way to look at it. Another way is to include larger communities in the discussion. For example, the people in a country are generally safer if the country is not at war with another country.
The concept of human security within the context of environmental change is a topic that spans many different areas of research. It requires collaboration between experts in climate change, economics, politics and societal behavior. It is an incredibly challenging task to determine how the polar ice caps melting could impact resources that are necessary for survival in various parts of the world. Add in the impact that politics has on trying to keep those ice caps from melting and it gets even more complicated very quickly.
If more research is focused on environmental change and how it affects human security, we can make better decisions and be more prepared for the challenges of tomorrow.