Earth day – mind the gap

In January we were pleased to support the collaborative webinar on what else needs to be addressed after COP26 – making links to the consequences of militarism and highlighting the fact that these are not included in UN climate talks or plans.

The year has seen an horrific increase in military action in Europe in particular, with the war in Ukraine inevitably leaving a terrible legacy on people and planet. The IPCC report published earlier this month gives a stark warning (UN climate report: It’s ‘now or never’ to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees ) – making it very clear that one day in the year is not enough.

In the UK the Global Campaign on Military Spending (GCOMS) points to the financial costs of military spending and to the costs of militarism to the planet. Follow this link for resources from GCOMS on these issues.

There is also now a website carrying additional data and analysis on the Military Emmissions Gap, with clear proposals ahead of this year’s COP27: “To begin to plug the military emissions gap, states should put military emissions on the table at COP27. They must also commit to improving the standard, scope, frequency and transparency of their reporting. This commitment must be backed by pledges for meaningful, credible and verifiable cuts to their emissions.”

Whilst addressing climate breakdown as a security concern has pros and cons, it is a reality that does affect the security and wellbeing of all on the planet. We can and must continue to push for urgent and effective action. This year, coordinators of Earth Day say “This is the moment to change it all — the business climate, the political climate, and how we take action on climate. Now is the time for the unstoppable courage to preserve and protect our health, our families, our livelihoods… together, we must Invest In Our Planet.”

See also our page on Peace and Climate Change

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