WILPF Canada will be at COP 26 in Glasgow

WILPF Canada member Tamara Lorincz is heading to COP 26 climate summit in Glasgow this week. She is joining WILPF International’s delegation to the summit. Tamara will be bringing WILPF Canada’s message to “Demilitarize Decarbonize Decolonize.” She will have our new pins, leaflets and banners. Tamara will be participating in the peace and climate events. You can follow WILPF at COP 26 on social media: #WILPFCOP26 and #NoWarNoWarming
Tamara will also be participating in the People’s Summit. Many of the events at virtual and you can tune in. Tamara is a member of WILPF’s Environment Group and is involved in the Arms, Militarism and Climate Justice working group. She will be doing a report back from COP 26 with other WILPF members on Sunday, November 21 at 10 am PST / 1 pm ET. More details to come.

WILPF Canada calls on the federal government to demilitarize to decarbonize

Check out WILPF Canada’s new Fact Sheet [PDF] Canada’s Carbon Bootprint: The Problem of Military Emissions and Expenditures
In Canada, among all federal departments and agencies, it is the military that has the biggest carbon bootprint. DND including the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) consumes the most fossil fuel and is the largest emitter of GHGs. Carbon emissions from the military account for over 61% of all emissions by the federal government. Annual military emissions are at least 1,600,000 tonnes of CO2-eq or 1.6 Mt. Find out more on our Campaigns page.

Sources:
Access to Information [PDF]
Greening Government: https://www.canada.ca/en/treasury-board-secretariat/services/innovation/greening-government.html
Tamara’s article “Burning and Bombing: Military Expenditures, Military Emissions and the Climate Emergency”: http://peacemagazine.org/archive/v36n2p08.htm

WILPF Canada sees NATO as a threat to people and the planet

Rapidly reducing carbon emissions is impossible with NATO’s rising militarism and military spending.
NATO is recklessly diverting our attention and resources to war and away from the grave threat of global warming.
NATO members spend over $1 trillion annually on their militaries, which is almost 60% of global military spending. At the NATO Summit in Wales in 2014, members made a commitment to spend 2% of their GDP on the military with 20% of that amount to be on equipment (primarily weapons systems).
Since the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015, NATO members have increased their military spending by $200 billion annually. Yet, they have failed to meet their United Nations climate financing pledge of $100 billion per year for developing countries to adapt to worsening climate change.
Check out our Fact Sheet NATO is a threat to people and the planet [PDF]. Find out more on our campaigns page.