Transition Town Lewes | The Refugee Problem
What Might a Transition Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis Look Like? | Transition US
IKEA has done its bit:
Design Museum installs IKEA refugee shelter on London streets
Energy access to displaced people | utilities-me.com
IKEA Launches Program to Bring Solar-Powered Light to 10 Million Refugees | Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building
Perhaps we should be doing our bit - as this crisis has a lot to do with the eco-issues of our time:
It is clear that the changing climate is making life unbearable in many parts of the world - and when these parts of the world are in the wrong place, it becomes a matter of 'security':
Futures Forum: Climate change: and 'security'
Futures Forum: Climate change: and the increased risks of global conflict ... the evidence ...
Futures Forum: Climate change 'will foster terrorism and fuel immigration'
This tells the story graphically:
Syria’s Climate-Fueled Conflict, In One Stunning Comic Strip | Peak Oil India | Exploring the coming energy crisis and the way forward
THE POLITICS OF OIL:
There is the issue of 'Peak Oil':
Syria peak oil weakened government’s finances ahead of Arab Spring in 2011
Futures Forum: Peak oil: There's only so much oil in the ground
And there is the issue of wanting to build pipe-lines - although last time, the West started off with the wrong ally:
Bush, Enron, UNOCAL and the Taliban
Taliban Oil - Al Jazeera English
George Monbiot: America's pipe dream | World news | The Guardian
Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India Pipeline - Wikipedia
And we seem to be there again:
Syrian war explainer: Is it all about a gas pipeline?
Syria: Another Pipeline War - EcoWatch
The Syrian Pipeline War: How Russia Trumped USA Energy War in the Mideast
And it all comes together - with a piece from over three years ago:
15 MAY 2013
Peak oil, climate change and pipeline geopolitics driving Syria conflict
There's much confusion about what's going on Syria. Debates continue to rage about whether to be pro-intervention, or anti-intervention, whether to support the rebels, or be against the rebels, with some even suggesting that Assad is not really committing terrible crimes.
I've written at length about the deep politics of the Syria conflict for Prospect magazine in the UK and the Institute for Policy Studies' Foreign Policy In Focus in the US.
My latest Guardian piece goes deeper - to look at how the convergence of energy, environmental and economic crises combined with political repression and sectarianism have exploded, culminating in the outbreak of a civil war that is, in fact, a war by proxy for control of the region's strategic energy corridors.
The Cutting Edge: Peak oil, climate change and pipeline geopolitics driving Syria conflict
Peak oil, climate change and pipeline geopolitics driving Syria conflict | Nafeez Ahmed | Environment | The Guardian