Priscus Godonou’s runner-up entry in [X]ceptional, an opportunity for students in College of Social Sciences to present their own original research on any element of climate change.
What’s your greatest fear for the future of our planet?
“That the world is reaching the tipping point beyond which climate change may become irreversible. If this happens, we risk denying present and future generations the right to a healthy and sustainable planet – the whole of humanity stands to lose.”Kofi Annan
In this essay, Priscus Godonou asks whether or not climate change has been securitized. The relevance of the question comes from the observed tendency that states tend to feel more concerned, thus more inclined to act, once something is deemed to be a matter of national security. A securitization of climate change would therefore be beneficial to tackling the threat that it represents for the whole world.
In order to answer the question, the essay offers a succinct understanding of security. Then explains how climate change fits into a security issue. And finally, the author exposes their belief that we are currently witnessing the introduction of climate change as a security issue.
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