Rejecting Militarism

·         Militarism, through wars and military actions (overt and covert) around the world, has inflicted massive suffering and civilian casualties.

·         Militarism is likely the largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions on the planet, yet the IPCC does not indicate in a separate category the extent of military contributions to greenhouse gas emissions.

·         Access to more oil, the burning of which is a fundamental cause of climate change – is the primary underlying motive for current wars.

·         Both warfare and climate change are rendering large areas uninhabitable – displacing millions of people as refugees, and yet the rights of immigrants are increasingly limited, threatened and abused.

·         Climate change is likely to result in far more wars, being a “threat multiplier” and now recognized as the greatest looming threat to “security”.  Access to resources – including land, food, water – is already becoming increasingly challenging, and scarcities will likely trigger conflict and further displacement in the future.

·          Militarism is the largest source of toxic chemical and radioactive poisoning of peoples and environment around the globe, and plays a major role in promoting false solutions that only worsen the problems (biofuels, nuclear technologies, climate geoengineering etc.)

·         The global economy is in shambles, funding for a “fair and just transition” – to ensure that people are not negatively impacted by the necessary transitions, is not forthcoming. “Green” jobs remain scarce, millions lack access to basic healthcare.

·         Major greenhouse gas emitting developed states have lead the efforts to obstruct progress among nations, consistently refusing to pay their “ecological debt”, owed to peoples of non-industrialized countries… All while spending trillions on furthering wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and elsewhere.

·         Our global commons (air, water, forests) is being bought and sold in carbon markets under the guise that this is the ONLY feasible means of generating funds to take necessary actions to prevent and adapt to impacts of climate change. The result is further concentration of wealth and power, at the expense of the planet and humanity.

We will not accept the death spiral of militarism, war and climate change. Civil Society must  Demand:

1.      The renouncing of war.  Including the end to oil and resource wars.  Reinstatement of diplomacy and respect over use of force in all foreign relations.

2.      End all occupations.  Close all foreign military bases and convert national bases.

3.      Redirection of the vast majority of military funding to fund human services, ensure decent quality of life, payment of ecological and climate debt, and compensation to countries and peoples damaged by militarism.

4.      Dismantling of the military-industrial complex. Dismantling of the military-industrial complex, and military based organizations including NATO.

5.      IPCC to create an urgent special report on military emissions, both direct and indirect (e.g., ecosystem damage and desertification due to military activities). No reporting exemptions.  And that each state be compelled to release     information related to the greenhouse gas emissions from the production of all weapons systems, military operations and interventions, military bases inclusive of construction and construction, military exercises, weapons testing, military aviation, troop transfer, waste generation, and reconstruction after acts of interventions and occupations.

6.      Urgent implementation of “real” as opposed to “false” solutions, to end the production and use of fossil fuels, and restore and protect public and environmental health.

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[2] Miriam Pemberton with Jonathan Glyn, Military vs. Climate Security: The 2011 Budgets Compared. Institute for Policy Studies.

[3] Many resources can be found on the various market mechanisms and other false solutions, here:

[4] Anita Dancs, Mary Orisich, Suzanne Smith, The Military Costs of Securing Energy (National Priorities Project – October 2008)





[9] (and personal communication with the author)




[13] Will R. Turner, et al. (2010). Climate change: helping nature survive the human response. Conservation Letters,


[15] 2003 Pentagon report: About the report authors:


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