Resources & Climate

Cities and Environmental Security: Ecology and Conflict on an Urbanizing Planet


Atlantic Council Stimson 2
The Stimson Center and the Atlantic Council’s Urban World 2030
working group held a discussion around the release of Security of Cities:
Ecology and Conflict on an Urbanizing Planet
, a report by Peter Engelke,
Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council.
Malia Du Mont, Strategist, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense
for Policy

Peter Engelke,
Senior Fellow, Strategic Foresight Initiative, Atlantic Council
Caitlin Francis, Sustainability & Urban Planner, Urban
Programs Group, CH2M HILL
David Michel, Director, Environmental Security Program,
Stimson Center

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Environmental security focuses on conflict arising from resource scarcity,
control over resources, and environmental degradation. The field historically
has focused much attention on the rural poor in the developing world. Yet the
rural poor are neither the primary cause of rising global demand for natural
resources nor of global environmental degradation. The culprits are people who
live in cities. The main reason why fossil fuels are mined from the ground,
coastal mangroves are turned into fish farms, and the Earth’s atmosphere is
changing is because billions of wealthy urbanites want it that way.
Historically, the environmental security field has treated cities as little
more than a curiosity, their existence an afterthought and their significance
poorly understood. This event will focus on how global urbanization
affects ecosystems and natural resources and the implications for environmental

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