ACTION ALERT: End Military Greenhouse Gas Emissions

September 26th, 2023 - by War Is Not Green / CodePink

End Military Greenhouse Gas Emissions
War Is Not Green / CodePink

The rise of militarism and the climate crisis are intertwined. The US military is the world’s largest oil consumer, causing more greenhouse gas emissions than 140 nations. In addition, over 64% of our government’s discretionary spending is siphoned off to the Pentagon every year. Meanwhile, the private weapons companies contracted by the Pentagon continue to place their short-term profit above the future of our planet. Join us in demanding we stop funding endless war — one of the leading causes of climate change.

Major climate agreements exclude military emissions, all while the US military is the largest institutional polluter in the world. CODEPINK will be at the NYC Climate March September 17 to deliver this petition to tell the UN that War is Not Green!

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Dear Members of the United Nations,

As a result of final-hour demands made by the US government during negotiation of the 1997 Kyoto treaty, military greenhouse gas emissions were exempted from climate negotiations. That tradition has continued.

The 2015 Paris Agreement left cutting military greenhouse gas emissions to the discretion of individual nations.

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change obliges signatories to publish annual greenhouse gas emissions, but military emissions reporting is voluntary and often not included.

NATO has acknowledged the problem but not created any specific requirements to address it.

There is no reasonable basis for this gaping loophole. War and war preparations are major greenhouse gas emitters. In fact, world militaries are such egregious polluters that it will be impossible to meet any crucial benchmarks for climate change solutions without drastically cutting military carbon output in the immediate future.

All greenhouse gas emissions need to be included in mandatory greenhouse gas emission reduction standards. There must be no more exceptions for military pollution — our planet and its people depend on it.

We ask members of the UN to set strict greenhouse gas emissions limits that make no exception for militarism, include transparent reporting requirements and independent verification, and do not rely on schemes to “offset” emissions.

Greenhouse gas emissions from a country’s overseas military bases must be fully reported and charged to that country, not the country where the base is located. The UN has the power to engender a peaceful and sustainable future on this planet — but only if these measures are enacted.
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Cut Pentagon Spending


Twenty years of war in Afghanistan have exposed the horrific costs of war and made it crystal clear that war on Afghanistan and Iraq was the wrong response to 9/11. Now that the public has seen the senselessness of spending over $21 trillion on the “war on terror,” we must seize this moment and do what the peacemakers have been calling for:
Cut the Pentagon for the People, Peace, and Planet.

It is time to build a big tent and get in the streets to expose the costs of war and demand that our tax dollars be spent to support the needs of people and the planet, not for destruction and murder.