In this major book Harald Welzer shows how climate change and violence go hand in hand. Climate change has far-reaching consequences for the living conditions of peoples around the world: inhabitable spaces shrink, scarce resources become scarcer, injustices grow deeper, not only between North and South but also between generations, storing up material for new social tensions and giving rise to violent conflicts, civil wars and massive refugee flows. Climate change poses major new challenges in terms of security, responsibility and justice, but as Welzer makes disturbingly clear, very little is being done to confront them.
The paperback edition includes a new Preface that brings the book up to date and addresses the most recent developments and trends.
1 A Ship in the Desert: The Past and Future of Violence 1
2 Climate Conflicts 8
3 Global Warming and Social Catastrophes 24
4 A Brief Survey of Climate Change 33
5 Killing Yesterday 39
6 Killing Today: Ecocide 51
7 Killing Tomorrow: Never-Ending Wars, Ethnic Cleansing, Terrorism, Shifting Boundaries 88
8 Changed Realities 138
9 The Revival of Old Conflicts: Faiths, Classes, Resources and the Erosion of Democracy 155
10 More Violence 160
11 What Can and Cannot Be Done – 1 163
12 What Can and Cannot Be Done – 2 179