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The Interlocking Crises of Militarism and Climate Change
Tue August 25, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
In “The Interlocking Crises of Militarism and Climate Change” we will discuss the connections between climate change, endless wars, and our militaristic culture.
We will be discussing the enormous effects war and militarism are having on our climate crisis. Many realize that wars are largely fought to support fossil fuel companies and their infrastructure and the ramifications are far reaching. These wars and the bloated “defense” budget cause the Pentagon to be the biggest single polluter on earth and a significant hurdle to get over on our way to a green new deal.
The causes and effects happen in both directions. As climate change causes more resource depletion, it will heighten tensions among nations over these resources and has the ability to lead to more conflict and war. This will be exacerbated further as ocean levels continue to rise and fresh water supplies come under increasing strain. We need action now.
We will talk about these connections and the pressing need for the Environmental and Peace movements to work more closely together. Messaging coming from the Peace movement does not include enough about the environmental catastrophe our military is responsible for. With all the good work coming out of the Environmental movement, more needs to be said about the Pentagon’s propping up of oil companies and what better use our obscenely large war budget could be put to.
Among the topics will be fostering greater collaboration and developing more unified messaging.
We are very excited to be joined by our panelists Phyllis Bennis and Ted Glick. More info on them here:
Phyllis Bennis is a Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, and of the Amsterdam-based Transnational Institute. She writes and speaks widely across the U.S. and internationally on Middle East issues including Palestine-Israel, US wars and US foreign policy — appearing in the media, lecturing at universities and teach-ins, briefing parliamentarians and government officials. She is a co-founder of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights and currently serves on the national board of Jewish Voice for Peace and the board of the Afro-Middle East Center in Johannesburg. Her books include Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer, and Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror. She has served as an informal adviser to several top UN officials on Palestine issues, and was short-listed twice to become the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Territory.
Ted Glick has devoted 51 years of his life to the progressive social change movement. Over the years, Ted’s commitment to social justice has led him to partake in 20 extended fasts, six of which were for more than a month, including the Climate Emergency Fast in the fall of 2007 and two fasts in 2009. During the Climate Emergency Fast he ate no solid food for 107 days as part of an effort to get Congress to pass strong climate legislation. Ted is the author of the just published book, “Burglar for Peace: Lessons Learned in the Catholic Left’s Resistance to the Vietnam War”.