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Environmental Peacemaking

This week on our Environmental War and Peace series, we heard a lot about the ways the environment can be a source of tensions and conflict.  Land distribution problems have exacerbated violence and poverty in Kenya and the Philippines. Food shortages have led to deadly riots in Haiti.

We also saw the ways in which war can destroy the environment. Saddam Hussein's military drained one of the world's largest wetlands to expose his enemies. And even a place like Korea's Demilitarized Zone, virtually untouched by people for half a century, has land riddled with landmines.

Geoffrey Dabelko is the Director of the Environmental Change and Security Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  He is the editor of “Environmental Peacemaking.”

Jerome asked Geoffrey if he thinks that people's relationship with the environment is really more about war than peace.

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