Face the Facts: Climate Change Is Driven by Military Pollution

November 8th, 2022 - by Wendela de Vries / Stop Wapenhandel

Report from COP 27:  #NoWarNoWarming

Wendela de Vries / Stop Wapenhandel

(November 6, 2022) — Please use the hashtag #NoWarNoWarming in your communicatiuons about COP27 and militarism/military emissions.

Just to update that four events are now concretized. I hope you can help us in promoting them to a wide audience (graphics attached). Apologies to those that have already received the information, but hoping that together we can reach a wide audience. Details below:

Session 1: What to Expect from COP27:
How is Militarism (not) Addressed?

Monday, 7 November 12.00 CET

Registration: www.bit.ly/COP27LIVE

Join the International Peace Bureau and CODEPINK as Nancy Mancias gives us the first impressions on the ground in Sharm El-Sheikh at the start of COP27. The discussion will include what is expected to take place in the first week, the atmosphere of a COP in the context of a militarized police state, and the overlap of peace and climate.

Session 2: COP27 Finance Day:
Cut Military Spending for Climate Finance

Wednesday, 9 November 2022 @16.00 CET/10.00 EST

Registration: https://bit.ly/COP27LIVE3

Join IPB and WILPF for a conversation led by Tamara Lorincz, who will provide us insights into what activists are doing in Sharm El-Sheikh to push for reductions in military spending as a tool to support the climate transition and to provide funding for loss and damage resulting from climate change. We will discuss the open letters to the UNFCC and Green Climate Fund, the controversial F-35 carbon impact, and how these ideas are being brought forward at COP27.

Week 1 Wrap-Up:
What Have We Learned?

Saturday, 12 November 17.00 CET/11.00 EST

Registration: www.bit.ly/COP27LIVE2

Join the International Peace Bureau and CODEPINK as Nancy Mancias shares her experiences from the first week of COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, including the range of civil society activities in the Green Zone, established connections between peace and climate, and what to expect for the second week.

Session 4:
Emissions and Spending – Report from the Blue Zone

Tuesday, 15 November 2022 @13.00 CET

Registration: https://www.bit.ly/COP27LIVE4

Join IPB and Tipping Point North South for a conversation led by Deborah Burton, who will share the results of her organization’s official COP side event, which includes the launching of a methodology around counting of military emissions. We will also discuss a newly-released briefing on military spending and explore the COP’s Blue Zone.

As a reminder, it’s not too late to contribute to one of these sessions or a new one:
Currently the plan is to stream on Facebook — if you would like to cross-stream, please ask your social media person/team to send a link to enable cross-streaming.

PS : PS : In a BBC podcast, Sherry Rehman, the Climate Minister for Pakistan specifically mentioned the money used to fund the war “next door” in Afghanistan for the past 20 years.

Online quote:  “I don’t think it is an impossible ask,” the Pakistani climate minister, Sherry Rehman, told the BBC this week. “Just look how much money the world finds to fund wars,” she said.