National Security Impacts of Climate Change
Climate change threatens America’s national security as well as communities around the world. Climate change effects like extreme weather, food and water scarcity, and sea-level rise can lead to political instability and even war. The U.S. military, intelligence community, and nations around the world are taking these threats seriously. Please join us for two forums exploring how climate change is disrupting communities around the world and impacting America’s national security.
These events are free and open to the public, but for planning purposes we ask that you RSVP. Both events are co-sponsored by the Natural Resources Council of Maine, American Security Project, and the World Affairs Council of Maine.
EVENING FORUM: 7:00–8:30 PM
Featuring Senator Angus King and Lt. Gen. Castellaw, USMC (Ret.)
This event will bring together Maine’s U.S. Senator Angus King, who serves on both the Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, with military and foreign policy experts from the American Security Project for a discussion on how climate change will impact America’s national security and what measures Congress and the Defense Department will need to take to address these concerns.
AFTERNOON FORUM: 3:00–4:30 PM
Climate Change: Disrupting Communities Around the World
The climate around the world is changing, contributing to droughts, floods, sea-level rise, and extreme weather events. In some nations, water and food shortages have been linked to political instability and forced migration. Some recent immigrants to Maine have left their homelands because of such instability. Hearing their perspectives helps all of us better understand the long-term impacts of climate change, as unfolding environmental and humanitarian crises.
Join us for a roundtable discussion with Lt. General Castellaw and Esther Babson of the American Security Project and New Mainers from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Zambia who have perspectives to share about how climate change is impacting their homelands.