Why we need to consider Military Pollution when talking about Climate Change?

War and preparations for war are a major direct cause of environmental damage. The attempts that wealthy countries like the United States make to access oil deposits in developing countries by using advanced technology to make exploratory digs lead to violent incursions and violations of human rights and fundamental laws. The result is to encourage these countries to increase weapons manufacture, prepare for war and deploy weapons and military to other countries.

As our environmental crisis worsens, thinking of war as a tool with which to address it threatens us with the ultimate vicious cycle. Declaring that climate change causes war misses the reality that human beings cause war, and that unless we learn to address crises non-violently, we will only make them worse.

As a result of final hour demands made by the United States during negotiation of the 1997 Kyoto treaty, military carbon emissions were exempted from climate negotiations but the U.S currently being one of the major polluters on this planet, we cannot turn a blind eye to the effect these emissions are going to have on climate change. Their Department of Defense is the largest institutional consumer of oil in the world, and the largest global base sites with 800 foreign military bases in 80 countries.

(World Beyond War.Org)

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