The Multiplication of Threats: Climate Change & the Risks to National Security
The American Security Project, or ASP, is a non-partisan organization devoted to educating the American public about the changing state of national security. The ASP’s position is that true security can no longer be determined by military power alone. The world is a global community, and factors such as economic power, diplomatic skill, and political ideals all play a role in maintaining security. ASP leads the effort by promoting communication and nonpartisanship in America. Today’s issues are far too complex for simple rhetoric and dogma to apply, and it is ASP’s view that the American public deserves healthy discussion instead of the cherry-picking of ideas of earlier years. With a diverse group of CEO’s, former members of congress, retired military generals, and other prominent officials, the group helps to empower the public to make informed, intelligent decisions. Their current focuses include economic competitiveness, climate and energy research, nuclear proliferation, the international sea treaty, and more.
The ASP’s Climate Change and Global Security Index details the current national perspectives around the world on climate change. The Index’s purpose is not to debate climate change, but to focus instead on global views as to whether the subject is either an environmental danger, or a threat to national security. The index reveals that more than 90 percent of countries consider climate change a danger or threat, and more than 70 percent of countries consider it a security threat--including the US, Russia, and China. Such threats include mass human migration, opening of new sea routes, resource shortages, including food and water, and civil unrest. The ASP analyzes nations with an unbiased viewpoint in order to clearly define the issues. The point of the ASP’s efforts is to support a healthy discussion for the betterment of mankind.
Please join Chicago Council on Science and Technology and representatives from ASP for a panel discussion on climate change as it relates to national security and threats to the Midwestern region.