Journal of Environmental Peace

Issue 2, 2003

Biswajikt Ganguly
Roger Hansell

Editorial Board:
Anatol Rapoport
I.B. Turksen
Jerome Friedman
Jerome Karle
Joseph Rotblat
Martin Perl
Ronald Deibert
Ted Munn
Thomas Homer-Dixon
Yoshio Masui

Managing Editor:
Samprasad Majumdar

Corresponding Editor:
Eugenio Andrade, Colombia
Eva Kras, Mexico

News Editor:
Ivanka Anguelova

Assistant News Editor: Tony Yang

Assistant Editors:
Amanda Martyn                     Anna Simonsen

WebMaster:                        Ian Craine

Web Designers:
Anna Simonsen

Sherosha Raj

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Comments on Environmental Peace, 2003

By Laura Klinck

The goal of Environmental Peace is to build, improve, and maintain positive and constructive relationships between individuals, between groups of individuals, between these groups and the environment.  Environmental Peace is essentially a constructive concept, focusing on developing respect and understanding between these parties. 

Unlike more “traditional” approaches to creating peace, Environmental Peace employs an action-oriented approach, intent on solving problems through the application of scientific knowledge and research. A central understanding is that all facets of nature are interconnected, and thus, change in any one system will bring about change in related systems.

 In many, if not all, areas of the world the cost of living is increasing. Unfortunately, however, the overall quality of life/living for many individuals is decreasing; (already) poor sectors of society are being forced into older, more run-down areas. People in these situations can become frustrated, discontent, depressed, and angry. These emotions are then redirected, displaced away from their actual source onto other “sources” in the immediate environment, often in the form of aggression. When this happens, positive and constructive communication becomes greatly reduced.

There is, of course, no simple solution to the issue of poverty.  Fostering positive relationships between individuals can, however, reduce levels of aggression, violence, and crime. Increasing the amount of positive communication within a group can help create a feeling of group-identity, or “community”.

Increasing the physical and aesthetic quality of an environment can help to lay the foundations for positive and constructive interaction.  The development of more “green” areas; improvements in the quality of water, soil, or air; more efficient forms of waste/garbage disposal; the equal distribution of coveted resources: all of the above can help create a cleaner, healthier, and happier environment. I say ‘happier’ because individuals who feel they are living in a positive constructive environment, which is in a state of progress or improvement, are more likely to embody a sense of pride in their community, to positively interact with other members of their community, and to create a set of group goals regarding the state of the community.

This situation, however, is not only a local problem; it is a global situation. Conflict, in both human-human and human-environment forms, is present at the individual, local, national, and international levels. The concept of “community” can also be local, national, or global. 

Environmental Peace is an international organization whose aim is to create peace at all of these levels.  Our intention is provide a positive and constructive global environment for future generations.



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