The Environment Crisis: Don’t cut Defense Budgets!

It is one of the terrible ironies of this moment that at the same time that we are seeing reports that carbon dioxide emissions jumped 6% between 2009 and 2010 (with the United States and China leading the pack as linked economies), military budgets for traditional warfare are skyrocketing. People seemed to be still deluded into thinking we will fight the next war with missiles and aircraft. The climate war is here, but we are unprepared.

The solution is not to ask ministries of defense to cut their budgets and dedicate that money to planting trees. We all know that as good as the intention may be, such an approach will never work. The only solution is to redefine the concept of “security” and increase the amount of spending within defense ministries on environmental issues. Innovative countries like Korea are capable of making the transition. The only question is whether they can do it quickly enough.

Some individuals may disdain the idea of working closely with the military or “militarizing” the issue of the environment. I would argue that we really do not have any choice at this point.


2 responses to “The Environment Crisis: Don’t cut Defense Budgets!

  1. Emanuel Pastreich November 10, 2011 at 1:56 am

    From: Noam Chomsky chomsky@mit.edu
    Sent: Tuesday, November 08, 2011 10:52 AM

    Worth a try

    From: Emanuel Yi Pastreich (by way of Noam Chomsky ) [mailto:epastreich@gmail.com]
    Sent: Tuesday, November 08, 2011 10:52 AM
    To: Noam Chomsky

    Dear Professor Chomsky,

    Do you think this idea would work?

  2. vince November 15, 2011 at 1:32 am

    When you’re a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. We need the right tool for the job and it’s not clear weapons are appropriate. The military tool belt would need to be modified as appropriate.

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