We welcomed Jim Rine from Veterans from Peace to share about climate change and militarism.
You can watch the video of his presentation here
Some helpful links from our conversation:
Veterans for Peace Climate Project: https://www.veteransforpeace.org/take-action/climatecrisis
Veterans For Peace Chapter 106, North Texas — our local chapter: https://www.facebook.com/VeteransForPeaceChapter106NorthTexas
For the complete Veterans For Peace | Climate Crisis & Militarism Project statement on the Ukraine Crisis and recent IPCC report see https://www.veteransforpeace.org/pressroom/news/2022/03/08/ukraine-crisis-and-recent-ipcc-report
Veterans For Peace statement on results of COP26 – https://www.veteransforpeace.org/pressroom/news/2021/11/18/vfp-statement-results-cop26
Some citations: (1) The Pentagon, Climate Change, and War (Neta C. Crawford, 2022; https://mitpress.mit.edu/9780262047487/the-pentagon-climate-change-and-war/ )
(2) Pentagon Fuel Use, Climate Change, and the Costs of War (Crawford, 2019) https://watson.brown.edu/costsofwar/files/cow/imce/papers/2019/Pentagon%20Fuel%20Use,%20Climate%20Change%20and%20the%20Costs%20of%20War%20Final.pdf
(3) No Warming No War (National Priorities Project, 2020) – https://ips-dc.org/climate-militarism-primer/
(7) Conflict & Environment Observatory – Military and the environment https://ips-dc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/State-of-Insecurity-The-Cost-of-Militarization-Since-911.pdf
Action Possibilities: You can call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Ask for your legislator by name and they will put you through to their office. Feel free to expound, but a couple simple scripts might be: Climate change is the biggest threat to U.S. security and this should be reflected in government funding priorities. The biggest threat to US security is climate change. War fuels climate chaos!