It’s no secret that our world is on a fast-moving, downwards slope towards climate catastrophe. But hidden from this discussion is one of the largest contributors to today’s crisis: a global order based on militarization, especially one coming directly from the U.S. military.
If the U.S. military were a nation-state, it would be Earth’s 47th largest carbon emitter. But the intersection goes beyond that. There are military and police forces across the globe shutting down climate protests. States stealing natural resources is becoming a more normal form of state violence as climate change dramatically reduces global resources. And people of color especially face the worst of any environmental crisis due to the white supremacy that has been ingrained within systems of power.
It is undeniable that, if we want to avert the worst of climate catastrophe, we cannot treat it as an issue of icebergs and plastic bags alone.
Join Chicago Area Peace Action and CODEPINK this April 2nd and 3rd for our Third Annual Peace Summit. We’ll not only be taking a deeper dive into the environmental degradation/military complex, but what we as a global community can do about it. Importantly, our shared predicament offers us the opportunity to unite across our cultural, ideological, and national differences to address the climate crisis as one, de-escalating militarism and dismantling global norms of violent communication, corporate greed, and imperialism.
But we can’t do it without you!
Climate justice will not come without racial justice, decolonization, and an end to a world order based on violence and militarization. As Naomi Klein said, “We can save ourselves, but only if we learn to let go of the myth of dominance and mastery and learn to work with nature.” Let’s make it happen.