This week's media around the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall was surprisingly scant with comparisons to our current U.S.-Mexico border policy. Very rarely was there any substantive contrast between the celebration of freedom in Germany and its antithesis: 700 miles of border wall in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas. Sure, the wall in East Germany and the wall on the U.S Southern border had/have different aims (keeping people in/out), but is it really any different?
The fall of the Berlin Wall 20 years ago signaled a sea change in international policy and kick started a period of unprecedented global openness. While the border wall does not have this same public resonance, stopping its construction would be a first step toward creating a new environmental consciousness within the U.S. government. This sea change would prove no less significant than that which occurred after the fall in Germany. The last 20 years have seen international barriers shrink on an unprecedented scale; the next 20 must see environmental consciousness of the same scale.Via.