Today, members of the American Security Project’s Consensus for American Security, Brigadier General Stephen Cheney, USMC (Ret.) and Rear Admiral Dr. David Titley, USN (Ret.), are visiting Pittsburgh, PA as part of a nationwide tour with the goal of educating the American public on the risks of climate change in light of national security.

BGen Stephen Cheney, USMC (Ret.) said, “the debate regarding climate change is no longer one about existence – but one about action. This debate must consider critical areas like national security and foreign relations, in addition to the environment.” Key factors regarding climate security include:

  • Climate change poses a clear threat to U.S. homeland security
  • Global threats as a result of climate change include climate refugees, resource conflict, and reduced food production
  • Climate change acts as an accelerant of instability and a threat multiplier
  • Current military forces can act as effective risk managers
  • Steps are being put into place in order to mitigate the damage of climate change

ASP Senior Fellow, Andrew Holland, stated, “We are past the time for a false debate about causes. It is now time for a debate about action. We know that the military is planning for climate change – it is time for the rest of the country to do so as well.”

In addition to a public event at Washington & Jefferson College, ASP will be conducting meetings at The University of Pittsburgh, in addition to a podcast at the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and a dinner with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2754.

Find out more at www.NationalSecurityandClimateChange.org

The events will be broadcasted over social media at: @NatSecClimate #PittClimate

About the American Security Project

The American Security Project is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy and research organization dedicated to fostering knowledge and understanding of a range of national security issues, promoting debate about the appropriate use of American power, and cultivating strategic responses to 21st century challenges. For more information, visit americansecurityproject.org.