MEK: Iran’s Natural Ecosystems
Iran is experiencing an unprecedented environmental crisis under the regime’s rule, with dwindling water supplies, deforestation, fast desertification, and suffocating air pollution. If left unresolved, these issues will endanger not only Iran but also the region’s and world’s stability.
All crises are the product of terrible mismanagement
Tehran is obsessed with proving that these disasters are caused by global warming, sanctions, and persistent droughts, although all crises are the product of terrible mismanagement, the pillage of Iran’s natural ecosystem, and the regime’s oppressive rule.
Because it affects food security, domestic stability, and economic growth, environmental stability is a concern of national security that is more significant than foreign threats or domestic issues. The severity of Iran’s environmental issues is now reflected in everyday protests, uprisings, and many facets of Iranians’ life.
Environmental deterioration has previously caused internal political upheaval in Iran, and it also threatens the country’s economic and social well-being. If nothing is done, the country’s already volatile condition will become even more unstable.
Population growth, war, air pollution, water over-extraction, unrealistic industrial ambitions, unsustainable agricultural policies, natural resource destruction, and a lack of implementation of existing environmental standards have all contributed to Iran’s current environmental crisis.
Rapid desertification is forcing Iran to lose more than two-thirds of its agricultural fields for the reasons stated above. Because of dangerously high levels of particle matter, schools, businesses, and government offices in Tehran and most large cities are forced to close on a regular basis. In Tehran, around 40,000 people die each year as a result of air pollution.
Total mismanagement, and systematic corruption
Iran’s leadership, working closely with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), has created a long-running, self-promoted environmental crisis that is mostly the product of incompetence, total mismanagement, and systematic corruption at every level of the regime. Since the Islamic Republic’s founding in 1979, this union has pushed and practiced a wilful battle against Iran’s natural ecosystems, normal scientific procedures, and expert counsel.
The IRGC‘s empowering was one of the most significant and long-lasting outcomes of the Iran–Iraq War. The conflict turned the group into one of Iran’s most powerful institutions, transforming it from a hurriedly constituted militia. The IRGC emerged from the war’s crucible as a fearsome military force with impressive organizational and engineering capabilities. The IRGC developed Khatam al-Anbiya, a civil construction, and engineering arm, on Supreme Leader Khamenei’s directives, which helped assure the IRGC’s entrenchment and sustained importance even in times of peace. As a result, Khatam al-Anbiya began winning tenders and bids to build dams, trains, refineries, and harbors, as well as spreading its influence across Iran’s economy.
Nine Iranian environmentalists were arrested on espionage charges
Nine Iranian environmentalists were arrested on espionage charges in January 2018, accusing them of employing camera traps to damage national security interests. One of the detained environmentalists died in prison two weeks later under dubious circumstances, while the others were held incommunicado for more than a year, denied due process.
Iran is dealing with some of the most serious environmental crises it has ever faced, and its natural ecosystem is in jeopardy. The international community must provide assistance and deploy environmentalists and specialists to stand alongside Iranians as they confront the crisis that the regime has caused.
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