Militarism and War Cause Climate Destruction
XR Peace is a movement within Extinction Rebellion that especially highlights the military causes and impacts of climate chaos. We take action for Peace, Disarmament, Human Rights, Real Security and Climate Justice.
Climate Justice and war have the same root causes as structural inequality, racism and violence against women. They are the consequences of military-industrial systems of unsustainable growth, profit, aggression and exploitation.
Armed conflict and weapons contribute to poverty and cause great misery and death. Refugees flee their homes. Climate chaos makes everything worse. When things go wrong, the most vulnerable are at greatest risk. Women and children inevitably pay the highest price.
In March 2020, as Covid-19 spread around the world, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for a global ceasefire saying: “It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives.”
That means working together locally and globally to tackle the climate emergency and build up everyone’s health, care and education services. We have to reduce all weapons and military budgets, and develop effective, nonviolent ways to share resources and resolve our conflicts together. Care work and sustainable jobs are Green jobs.
There is No Planet B – Protect the Home We Share
Climate Chaos and Nuclear Weapons Pose Huge Dangers to our Environment and Security Every Day
Around $100 billion per year is spent on 13,400 nuclear weapons held by 9 nuclear states.
Detonating just a few of these nuclear WMD would add catastrophically to climate destruction and cause billions of initial survivors to die. Not only of radiation sickness, but of starvation all over the world.
The Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of UK weapons production and military spending in 2018 was 11 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent, as calculated by Scientists for Global Responsibility. BAE Systems produced 30% of these annual UN military-related emissions.
Make Urgent Changes Now to Create Real Security, Before it’s too late
- Rebel for Life, Peace and Climate Justice
- End Militarism and develop effective peace-building ways and means to resolve conflict among people and nations.
- Reduce our Carbon footprints, eg through local and national Green New Deal policies, practices and economic steps to create sustainable jobs and to limit and share the resources we need.
- Boycott and divest from all companies that enable, develop, make or sell weapons. Instead support ban treaties like the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.