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U.S. Military and Climate Crisis

Published: March 13, 2020

Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) reports:

In May 2019, General Mark Milley, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, commissioned a report titled “Implications of Climate Change for the U.S. Army.” While the report acknowledged that the Department of Defense must establish “a culture of environmental stewardship across the force,” the recommendations for doing so were deeply troubling. They included new foreign interventions and a massive permanent military infrastructure on U.S. soil to prevent the power grid from collapsing.

The Pentagon cannot be the sole place where climate "solutions" are housed. A militaristic lens to climate solutions is not the answer. If the U.S. wants to sincerely address the climate crisis, solutions must be based in humanitarianism and diplomacy, not a larger military footprint.

Read the complete FCNL report here.

from Emily Wirzba and Alicia Cannon, FCNL (12/ 6/2019)