If we are to be honest in adapting to the grim future of climate change, we need to start ratcheting up our military budget…
The Defence Force will be stretched beyond capacity as global warming brings humanitarian disasters and violent conflict to the South Pacific.
That’s the alarming conclusion from a report published on Thursday by the Government. It says climate change is now “a threat in its own right”.
The joint Defence Ministry and Defence Force paper warns that extreme weather patterns will threaten water, food and energy security. Shortages often spark violence.
“Climate change will be one of the greatest security challenges for New Zealand Defence in the coming decades,” the report says. “The links between climate change are indirect but demonstrable … [the impacts] will require more humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief, stability operations and search and rescue missions.”
…how will be protect our fishing stocks? How will we protect the shoreline? How will we respond to extreme weather emergencies?
Climate change makes security issues far more problematic and multi-faceted and being able to respond in challenging environments throughout the pacific when law and order breaks down as well as respond in real time to domestic weather emergencies demands a huge jump in military resources and capital.
We need a far greater Navy, a far larger air force and we need a rapid response army that can de deployed quickly.
We are going to have to see building up the military as a necessary infrastructure realignment that responds to climate change, we can’t allow large civilian populations to just fend for themselves when catastrophe strikes the Pacific or New Zealand.