Vermont Senator and Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders appeared on CBS's "Face the Nation" to tell the viewers that climate change will destabilize regions and cause terrorism.
“The reason is pretty obvious: If we are going to see an increase in drought and flood and extreme weather disturbances as a result of climate change, what that means is that peoples all over the world are going to be fighting over limited natural resources,” Sanders said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
“If there is not enough water, if there is not enough land to grow your crops, then you’re going to see migrants of people fighting over land that will sustain them, and that will lead to international conflict,” he added.
Sanders made the same claim on Saturday night at the Democrat presidential debate. When debate moderator John Dickerson asked if Sanders thought climate change was the biggest threat during the world following the violent terrorist attacks in Paris, Sanders said, “Climate change is directly related to the growth of terrorism and if we do not get our act together and listen to what the scientists say, you’re going to see countries all over the world ... struggling over limited amounts of water and land to grow their crops and you’re going to see all kinds of conflict" Sanders said at the debate.
The Senator when on to explain how this was already playing out with the Paris attacks.
“Well what happens in, say, Syria… is that when you have drought, when people can’t grow their crops, they’re going to migrate into cities,” Sanders said.
“And when people migrate into cities and they don’t have jobs, there’s going to be a lot more instability, a lot more unemployment, and people will be subject to the types of propaganda that al Qaeda and ISIS are using right now,” he added.
“So where you have discontent, where you have instability, that’s where problems arise, and certainly, without a doubt, climate change will lead to that.”