Conferences Date

07 Oct 2017 15:00 - 15 Oct 2017 23:59



War, Migration and Ecology

The primary source of ecological contamination is industrial waste. If there is an industrial production site, the transition of the industrial waste into our food through the contamination of the earth, water and air is inevitable. Industrial and military production facilities are using large amounts of materials and as a consequence they are producing big quantities of industrial waste. However actually the war itself, the armed conflict in a region also produces a toxic contamination through the use of weapons. War is a destruction in every sense. It’s not only the loss of human life but it also affects generations. It transforms the geography through the destruction of the whole ecosystem including the urban fabric, plants and animals. This destruction is caused by toxic chemicals of the weapons used during the war. In conflicted areas, migration is inevitable. The biggest and the most recent example is the War in Syria. Turkey is also experiencing an internal migration (3-3,5 million people since 30-40 years) because of the war in the South-East. In general, lack of clean water or food is also one of the causes of migration apart from war. According to the UN, Turkey, Pakistan and Lebanon are hosting the highest number of refugees in the world. The Migrants' Association for Social Cooperation and Culture (Göç-Der) declares that about 3 million people were displaced since 1987 because of the conflict in the region. We wish that the war ends but when we talk about the toxic chemicals, the destruction caused by the war continues in peace period. Instead of a comprehensive presentation, I will explain the consequences of war on ecology through some cases.