Ecological security is a global problem. This was the message of the lecture of Lieutenant Colonel Arlen Shahverdyan, Chief Officer of the National Defense Research University, MoD, RA (NDRU). On the invitation of the Chair of Political Governance and Global Policy of the Public Administration Academy of RA, he delivered a lecture for the future politicians on “Ecological security as an essential component of national security”. It was not easy to embrace the results of researches of over 20 years in one short lecture, particularly when the topic was extremely containable and urgent.
Speaking about the current ecological state of the world, Arlen Shahverdyan said that ecological security is one of the vital problems the humanity faces, and no society succeeded in escaping it. In other words, ecological security is a universal and global problem. To make sure, it only needs to remember the consequences of the problem – environmental pollution, exhaustion of the ozone layer, loss of bio-diversity, unsparing utilization of natural resources, etc. and the problem is that these factors lead to disaster: i.e. changes which are irrevocable for the planet and the humanity. And if we add factors like population growth of the planet and industrial development, climate changes and others, we will realize the importance of revision of security approaches.
The reporter presented the essence and content of ecological security. He reminded that the Planet Earth is not for a daily use. Touching upon the concept of “ecocide” he mentioned that the eco-system of the enemy becomes a bull’s eye especially in wartime, and it is deliberately exterminated.
Trying to reason the importance of ecological security in the context of politics, Arlen Shahverdyan touched upon the main principles of internal and external policies. He emphasized the formation of ecological consciousness of a citizen and the society partially, without which even the best public programs and the most effective policy will be senseless. To him, ecological consciousness should become lifestyle, and its formation should be the primary issue. It should be a basic educational factor, and the starting point of education and upbringing of the new generation.
In political respect, in order to provide ecological security political will is needed. He also touched upon the proposals he made in various scientific articles. For example, to negotiate over the issues of ecological security Kharbakh conflict regulation.
In the end, Arlen Shahverdyan answered the questions of the participants. The questions displayed the worries of the new generation about environmental problems, particularly the problems concerning ecological security in the Republic of Armenia.