David Swanson: We Can’t Save the Climate Without Ending War

David Swanson: We Can't Save the Climate Without Ending War

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
World Beyond War
May 22, 2019

“War and preparations for war are not just the pit into which trillions of dollars that could be used to prevent environmental damage are dumped, but also a major direct cause of that environmental damage.

As the environmental crisis worsens, thinking of war as a tool with which to address it threatens us with the ultimate vicious cycle. Declaring that climate change causes war misses the reality that human beings cause war, and that unless we learn to address crises nonviolently we will only make them worse.

A major motivation behind some wars is the desire to control resources that poison the earth, especially oil and gas. In fact, the launching of wars by wealthy nations in poor ones does not correlate with human rights violations or lack of democracy or threats of terrorism, but does strongly correlate with the presence of oil.

War does most of its environmental damage where it happens, but also devastates the natural environment of military bases in foreign and home nations. The U.S. military is the third-largest polluter of U.S. waterways. […]” — War Threatens Our Environment

WorldBeyondWar.org on May 7, 2019

Learn more: https://worldbeyondwar.org/environment


David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson’s books include Curing Exceptionalism: What’s wrong with how we think about the United States? What can we do about it? (2018) and War Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015, 2016, 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. Swanson was awarded the 2018 Peace Prize by the U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation. Support David’s work.

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16 thoughts on “David Swanson: We Can’t Save the Climate Without Ending War

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  12. Yes, David. You are correct. But stopping war will require use of the domestic violence clause in the U.S. Constitution. Although I’ve been writing about it for some time, new ideas face a steep climb to reach general awareness.

    I would be delighted to talk with you about it at your earliest convenience. With environmental apocalypse so near, it’s time to get the word around–quickly.

  13. Yes, this is so very important! War is accelerating the environmental damage! Perhaps to the point of no return? Maybe, certainly years will be needed for clean up etc and we don’t have years.

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