John Jay College
John Jay College of Criminal Justice Prof. Charles Strozier believes that Global warming is to blame for ISIS
Wrote a blog piece in the Huffington Post called How Climate Change Helped ISIS,” where they argue that a four-year drought in Syria, from 2006 through 2010, “devastated the livelihoods of 800,000 farmers and herders; and knocked two to three million people into extreme poverty.”
“If more Americans knew how glacial melt contributes to catastrophic weather in Afghanistan—potentially strengthening the Taliban and imperiling Afghan girls who want to attend school—would we drive more hybrid Charles Stroziers and use millions fewer plastic bags? How would elections and legislation be influenced?” Tweet This
“As the Obama administration undertakes a highly public, multilateral campaign to degrade and destroy the militant jihadists known as ISIS, ISIL and the Islamic State,” the two write, “many in the West remain unaware that climate played a significant role in the rise of Syria’s extremists.”
“Many became climate refugees,” Strozier and Berkell write.
The pair offer a call to action for Americans to consider the link between melting glaciers and a stronger Taliban.
“If more Americans knew how glacial melt contributes to catastrophic weather in Afghanistan—potentially strengthening the Taliban and imperiling Afghan girls who want to attend school—would we drive more hybrids and use millions fewer plastic bags? How would elections and legislation be influenced?” they write.
“While ISIS threatens brutal violence against all who dissent from its harsh ideology, climate change menaces communities (less maliciously) with increasingly extreme weather.”
Neither Strozier or Berkell are climate scientists according to an article in Climate Depot. Strozier is a practicing psychoanalyst in New York City and Berkell has a history of securities and corporate litigation.