Gen. Anthony Zinni: Natural Resource Conservation and National Security



Unexpected flooding. Lengthy droughts. Somali pirates. All of these affect national and global security, and all stem from the same cause: the exploitation of natural resources.

In a new video by the Alliance for Global Conservation, retired Marine Corps Gen. Anthony Zinni, former commander in chief of U.S. Central Command, explains how environmental degradation can lead to global instability.

According to a report by the Center for New American Security, the loss of renewable resources—forests, fresh water, fish and soil—can drive civil unrest and conflict in the developing world.

As Zinni states in the video, conservation and national security are "not just an American problem." The linkages between the two are "increasingly creating a destablized world."

Zinni, urging U.S. leaders to tackle global conservation "much the way we do other security threats," stresses that through smart, practical management of natural resources we can successfully reduce unnecessary conflict and turmoil.