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Living In a Changing World

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Insufficient thought has been given to educating us about these threats and preparing us to cope with them. These changes include universal migration patterns and their impact on the UK but also global warming and environmental destruction, terrorism, pandemics, the implications of China’s emergence as the dominant world power, Vladimir Putin’s expansionist ambitions and the fragmentation of the US led Western alliance.

Immigration is a hot issue in the referendum debate but it is a much bigger issue than the numbers coming here from other EU countries. Over the next 20 years the UK population is expected to grow by eight million. Longer life expectancy and new births contribute to this but immigration is a significant factor. By 2013 it is expected that ethnic populations will constitute 15% of the population and 37% in London. This is not just about Poles and other EU citizens coming here to work, it is also includes people seeking asylum and migrants forced from their homes by global warming. Bangladesh is an example. 80% of its territory consists of flood plains which are prone to flooding during the rainy season. When sea levels rise as a consequence of global warming, a majority of its 150 million people will have to migrate. They won’t all head for Europe but if the current migration crisis teaches us anything it is the need for nations to work together, not struggle to cope independently.

I have discussed the impact of global warming and the damage being done to the world’s eco-system before. We are seeing some of the consequences in flooding in the UK but for other nations, like Bangladesh, they are far more serious. Obviously this is a problem that can only be solved by all nations; especially the most industrially advanced nations, working together for the good of all, especially the poorest. Global terrorism is another threat that we cannot solve on our own. The same is true for combatting International crime syndicates engaged in people trafficking and drug and arms smuggling. Collaborating with Interpol, FBI and similar organisations is essential.

Outbreaks of Ebola and the Zika virus have demonstrated that pandemics recognise no borders. Appearing in 2015 the Zika virus is the most recent and since the outbreak 1.5 million cases has been found in more than a dozen countries. There is concern that those going to the Olympics in Brazil could be at risk. We can contribute to finding antidotes but we dare not ignore a potential threat to our own people.

The parlous state of our steel industry is largely due to China flooding the world market with steel cheaper than we can make it. President Putin’s ambitions to rebuild a Russian empire, demonstrated by his annexation of the Crimea from Ukraine and his use of Russia’s oil and gas  to bully his neighbours threatens peace in Europe.

These examples all point to the same conclusion. The UK cannot afford to stand alone. Nationalists need to understand that interdependence with other nations is in our best interests. Sadly this perspective has not been adequately argued by either side in the referendum debate, but Christians with a faith that doesn’t recognise national frontiers should surely do so.

Written by: Miriam Emenike

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