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French military join WWF France to combat climate change as a “national security threat”

Monday, December 10th 2018 - 09:41 UTC
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The partnership marks the first time the French military has worked with a non-profit on adapting to climate change, said Nathaniel Powell, a French Army expert The partnership marks the first time the French military has worked with a non-profit on adapting to climate change, said Nathaniel Powell, a French Army expert

France’s military has teamed up with an environmental non-profit organization for the first time to study the threat of climate change where the country is at war, a representative of the green group said. So far, WWF France and the Ecole de Guerre, the top French military academy, have been jointly promoting their view that climate change is a national security threat.

The Ecole de Guerre trains officers to become the next generation of the armed forces’ top brass.

The partnership marks the first time the French military has worked with a non-profit on adapting to climate change, said Nathaniel Powell, an expert on the French army in Africa at the Lausanne-based Pierre du Bois Foundation for Current History.

The venture seeks to study the ability of conflict areas to withstand the pressures of a changing climate as the planet warms, said Marine Braud, head of green diplomacy for WWF France, at a conference held alongside U.N. climate talks.

“We work together on the links between environment and security,” she told a panel discussion.

The partnership, which kicked off in September, involves about 40 officers at the Ecole de Guerre, representing about a fifth of the school’s students. It will focus at first on West Africa’s Sahel region, said Braud, where the alliance hopes to carry out its first “stress test” exercise next year. The results will be released in a report, she said.

France has maintained a large military presence in the Sahel, one of the poorest parts of the world with a rapidly growing population that has been hit hard by climate change.

The French armed forces drove out a mix of Tuareg separatists and Islamist rebels from northern Mali in 2013, and now deploy 4,500 troops in Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad, according to the defense ministry.

WWF France’s head, Pascal Canfin, referred to climate change as a “threat multiplier” while speaking to lawmakers at the French National Assembly last month about the group’s partnership with the military.

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  • Chicureo

    Perhaps France plans to invade Poland...
    ...the again, Macron and his cheese eating monkey soldiers might get their arse kicked...

    “Polish President Andrzej Duba said Poland has no plans to give up coal. And why would it? Poland has the highest coal production in Europe and employs about 100,000 people in its mining industry. And coal supplies Poland with approximately 80% of its energy needs.”

    Dec 10th, 2018 - 04:55 pm 0
  • Voice

    Sadly they are right the polluters are endangering all of mankind...it will reach a point of no return then everyone is doomed, I tell you, dooooomed ...

    Dec 11th, 2018 - 01:24 am 0
  • Chicureo

    “Nationalism will Defeat Globalism

    The Great Awakening has begun across the globe. The entire world is waking up and realizing that the false siren song of Globalism is truly false.

    Protests are erupting across the entire world. The Fake News wants you to believe it is just about “gas taxes”. It’s not. The people are protesting against high taxes and an unsustainable migration policy forced upon them by their Globalist masters.
    This weekend, more countries have rejected signing the UN migration pact.


    https://grrrgraphics.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/nationalism_globlism_cartoon-768x559.jpg

    Dec 12th, 2018 - 06:04 pm 0
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