OMNI CLIMATE MEMO MONDAYS, #104, December 5, 2022
Jeremy Kuzmarov. “… Vast
Military Spending… Greatly Accelerates Climate Crisis.”
(Tom Dispatch) Michael Klare. “What If the U.S. and China Really Cooperated on Climate Change?
Jeremy Kuzmarov. “New Report
Details How Vast Military Spending By the Richest Countries Greatly Accelerates
Climate Crisis.” CovertAction Magazine (Dec 05, 2022).
So why do climate justice groups like 350.org support the war in Ukraine?
While the world’s climate negotiators gathered for the COP27 summit in Egypt, a new report published by the Transnational Institute, a Dutch think tank, emphasizes how rising global military spending is a great threat to efforts to combat climate change.
According to the report’s authors, “every dollar spent on the military not only increases greenhouse gas emissions, but also diverts financial resources, skills and attention away from tackling one of the greatest threats humanity has ever experienced.”
The trajectory of military spending has been rising since the late 1990s, reaching a record of $2 trillion in 2021. Between 2013 and 2021, the richest countries spent a combined $9.45 trillion on the military. By far the biggest military spender was the U.S. which, between 2001 and 2018, emitted an estimated 1.267 trillion tons of greenhouse gases, about 40% of which were attributed to the War on Terror and military interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq….