, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 251–257 | Cite as

The environmental dimension to security issues

  • Norman Myers


Citing topical international instances the author demonstrates that environmental impoverishment is a major cause for tension and hostilities between nations. He makes a strong case that an assessment of security concepts should include a measure of environmental and resource-based stability.

“Few threats to peace and survival of the human community are greater than those posed by the prospects of cumulative and irreversible degradation of the biosphere on which human life depends. In a global context, true security cannot be achieved by mounting buildup of weapons (defense in a narrow sense), but only by providing basic conditions for solving non-military problems which threaten them. Our survival depends not only on military balance, but on global cooperation to ensure a sustainable biological environment.”

Report of the Brandt Commission, 1980


Environmental Management Nature Conservation Human Life Security Issue Human Community 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Norman Myers
    • 1
  1. 1.Upper MeadowHeadington, OxfordUK

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