By: Olivia DiNucci
Before sunrise, a townhouse was deployed into the Tidal Basin with the Washington Monument and the Thomas Jefferson memorial as a backdrop. Extinction Rebellion, known for their creative and bold tactics urging people to wake up to the climate crisis, organized the action and after months of planning, the “house” sank for all to see.
We were there to say, “War Sinks the Planet!” How so?
- “The military itself is a huge polluter — and is often deployed to sustain the very extractive industries that destabilize our climate. This climate chaos, in turn, leads to massive displacement, militarized borders, and the prospect of further conflict.”
- The fossil fuel industry relies on militarization to uphold its operations around the globe.
- Oil is the leading cause of war: An estimated one-quarter to one-half of all interstate wars since 1973 have been linked to oil.
- Climate change will lead to an increasingly militarized society
- Estimates project that around 200 million people will be displaced by the middle of century due to climate change.
- Leaders have already publicly stated that in the future, we won’t be fighting wars for oil, but will fight wars over the water supply.
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