Impacts on Cultural Heritage and Cultural Diversity
Edited By Sabine von Schorlemer and Sylvia Maus
Reflections on Climate Change, Heritage and Peace (Sabine von Schorlemer & Sylvia Maus)
Sabine von Schorlemer & Sylvia Maus∗ Reflections on Climate Change, Heritage and Peace I Climate Change as a Threat to Peace “Does Climate Change Kill People in Darfur?”1 – The question is striking, but the title of a 2011 journal article captures the quintessence of a vivid and topical debate over the impacts of man-made climate change on international peace and security. Influential voices such as the UN Secretary-General2 and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)3 have established a direct link be- tween the armed conflict and climate change, notably for the conflict in Darfur.4 A commentary of the International Institute for Strategic Studies partly attrib- utes the Arab Spring to climate change.5 And the well-known Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change purports that “climate-related shocks have sparked violent conflict in the past”.6 ∗ Prof. Dr. jur. habil. Dr. rer. pol. habil. Sabine von Schorlemer is chair holder of the UNESCO Chair in International Relations at the Faculty of Law at the Technische Universität Dresden. On 30 September 2009, she was appointed as Saxon State Min- ister for Higher Education, Research and the Fine Arts. Sylvia Maus, LL.M. (Nottingham) is a PhD candidate and scientific co-ordinator at the UNESCO Chair in International Relations. 1 Lyal S Sunga, ‘Does Climate Change Kill People in Darfur?’ (2011) 2(1) Journal of Human Rights and the Environment 64. See also Julie Flint and Alex de Waal, Darfur: A Short History of a Long War (Zed Books 2005). 2 Report...
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