As we’re watching the rumblings of the build up towards war in the Ukraine and the political posturing accompanying it, as well as the coups in Africa and the suffering it’s bringing to millions on the continent, please, please, please understand – we cannot afford war. Not now. Never more.
The environmental crisis is on the edge, times are getting desperate (read the climate section below) and seriously, it is time for all countries to do everything it takes to keep the peace and focus on cleaning up our world, so we have a future. It’s time for diplomacy. Unfortunately many of the moronic leaders running our countries are not the best people for this job! Vote wisely in your next election.
An area of the climate emergency that does not get enough attention is the military. Have you heard about emissions from the global military complex? Start with the three references below. Then do more research, there’s plenty on this topic, but it’s still not a complete view, because there’s no obligation to provide that information.
- US Military Pollution: The World’s Biggest Climate Change Enabler
- The U.S. Military Emits More Carbon Dioxide Into the Atmosphere Than Entire Countries Like Denmark or Portugal
- How the world’s militaries hide their huge carbon emissions
Some key points raised
We don’t have a full picture of emissions from the military around the world, because there are no requirements for reporting it.
If the US were a nation state, it would be the 47th largest emitter in the world.
The US Department of Defense is the largest institutional consumer of fossil fuels in the world – and the largest institutional emitter.
The Pentagon thoughtfully acknowledged that rising temperatures are “reshaping” the world with “more frequent, intense, and unpredictable extreme weather conditions caused by climate change”, but they failed to analyse the Defense Department’s own contributions to climate change.
“Yet its climate policy is fundamentally contradictory – confronting the effects of climate change while remaining the largest single institutional consumer of hydrocarbons in the world, a situation it is locked into for years to come because of its dependence on existing aircraft and warships for open-ended operations around the globe.“
In 1997, the Kyoto Protocol—the world’s first legally binding, international climate treaty—created a reporting loophole for militaries, exempting many of the greenhouse gases emitted during military operations from counting against a country’s emissions totals. While the 2015 Paris Accords did away with this exemption, they didn’t replace it with an obligation. Rather, the decision of whether to report military emissions—and how to calculate them—was left up to individual countries.
Some scientists estimate that, together, militaries and their supporting industries might account for up to 5% of global emissions: more than civilian aviation and shipping combined.
Military emissions reporting by the many countries that do not have to report annually to the UNFCCC is even worse. This includes countries with massive military budgets, such as China, India, Saudi Arabia and Israel.
Militaries are institutionally complex, and procurement cycles last decades, which can “lock in” emissions. Things will not change overnight, but what they do not count, we can’t see. And what we cannot see, they will not cut.
Of course, people will read this and say, tell her she’s dreaming, war will never end. I don’t disagree with that. It seems like an impossible idea that we will ever be strong enough as a species to live in a world without war. Yes, peace requires strength and we don’t seem to have it!
But more than that, do we have a choice anymore? Because the bigger conversation must focus on the two choices ahead of us. Transform every aspect of how we live on this planet, including a hard look at the war machine, OR we accelerate into an unbearable future of suffering for ourselves, our children and future generations. It’s as simple as that.
The change needed is a human one. It needs to happen within all of us. We have to grow. Our consciousness must rise. If it does not and we hang onto what we’ve built, afraid to embrace the change required for a better world for all life on earth, well…..
Maybe one day we’ll wish we tried harder. I hope we get the message before that day arrives.
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Content to read
And here’s the content I’ve been reading this last week. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read or watch them all. Knowledge is power, and global knowledge is even more powerful.
No McKinsey, it will not cost $9 trillion per year to solve climate change tks Sussana Hasenoehrl
Court Revokes Oil and Gas Leases, Citing Climate Change tks Joanne Flinn
10 Principles of Life Centered Design tks Sussana Hasenoehrl
Turning Article 6 into Reality (Sponsored content, by JapanGov)
Australia revisited – a country changed by Covid tks Steve Johnson
Hospital plan: ‘Try very hard to avoid getting Covid until March’ tks Phillipa Edwards
Untamed: not ready to make nice tks Phillipa Edwards
Business and technology
‘We won’t censor but we do have rules’: Spotify FINALLY responds to Joe Rogan controversy with plan to add content advisory to podcasts that discuss COVID – hours after $25m partners Meghan and Harry voiced their ‘concerns’ over misinformation
Social issues and humanity
Stuck in a collapsing idea tks Phillipa Edwards
Rising rents across regional NSW fuels homelessness and worker shortages tks Willie Wahlin
Whoopie Goldberg suspended from ‘The View’ – tks Jamie Camidge
Passion, humour, history
A Little Girl Gives A Coin To A Street Musician And Gets The Best Surprise In Return – it’s old but a reminder of the beauty in the world
Let me know what jumped out at you? Or share with me what you’re reading? I love that!
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