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Droughts, Deforestation, Religion, and War


A video titled ‘Dry Season’ from the Showtime series ‘Years of Living Dangerously’ – a documentary television series on global warming and impacts on the state, society and natural resources. This video includes segments on droughts in the Southwest United States (reported by Don Cheadle), religion and climate change (reported by Katharine Hayhoe), deforestation in Indonesia (reported by Harrison Ford), and how drought may have contributed to the civil war in Syria (reported by Thomas Friedman of the New York Times).

Students will learn about the impacts of global warming in different parts of the world. They will also learn about how climate change could have been a contributing factor in conflict and wars. Students will further learn of the impacts of rising temperatures, increased carbon emissions and destruction of the environment on the security of a region.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. Discuss how climate change could have potentially contributed to Droughts in the USA
  2. The Syrian Civil war
  3. Can religion play a significant role in climate mitigation? Discuss in the classroom.
About Tool
Tool Name Years of Living Dangerously
Discipline Environmental Sciences, Social Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Disasters and Hazards, Peace and Conflict Studies, Food Security, Water Security, Droughts, Deforestation, Conflict, War, Religion, Geopolitics, Human Migration
Climate Topic Climate and Society; Policy, Politics, and Environmental Governance; Disasters and Hazards
Type of tool Video (59 min)
Grade Level High School, Undergraduate
Location Global, Asia
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by Episode ‘Dry Season’ from the Showtime series ‘Years of Living Dangerously by The YEARS Project
Hosted at YouTube
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic

Mapped Sustainable Development Goal(s), apart from 4 and 13


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