How can environmental cooperation and sustainable development promote stability and peace? The answer to this question may be found at an exhibition that is currently being held at the Goethe Institute right here in Addis Ababa. The “Environment, Conflict and Cooperation” exhibition that started on October 25th 2013 has been on tour of over 30 cities.
Although it may be of a different type of artistic exhibition than is normally frequented by art enthusiasts at cultural institutes in the country, this one in particular has so much to offer on the intellectual and educational level. It is filled with informative texts, photos, and graphic elements giving concrete examples that help explore complex interactions between different concepts relating with the title of the exhibition.
The organizers stated that climate change and its consequences increase the risks of new conflicts and crises. Especially people, states and organizations in Sub Sahara Africa have to overcome challenges in order to preserve resources and ensure peace.
The exhibition has been on a world tour and has been displayed in several languages including English, German and Chinese, and it has been visited by the public from cities ranging from Jinan in China to Hague in the Netherlands.
Using different themes or subjects such as water and other natural resources, the exhibition illustrates how climate change, environmental degradation and resource scarcity can lead to conflicts and to new security risks. It also highlights the contributions that environmental cooperation and sustainable development can make to peace and stability.
The aim of it all is to increase public awareness.
The exhibition has been continuously updated and currently includes special exhibition modules on climate change issues