Stop excluding military pollution from climate agreements

The 26th United Nations conference on Climate Change “COP26” is scheduled to be held later this year in Glasgow, Scotland.

We’ve helped form a giant coalition to press COP26 to end the practice of excluding military pollution from climate agreements. The open secret, of course, is that if we win on this, then nations will have to scale back their militaries1, which will free up almost unfathomable sums of money that could be directed into slowing the destruction of the Earth’s climate.2 The other open secret is that less military spending generates fewer wars.3

We encourage groups and individuals to organize events to advance this message on or about the International Day of Peace, September 21, 2021, which happens to fall during the annual UN Climate Week in September. Resources and ideas for events are available.4

Click here to tell conference participants to stop excluding military pollution from climate agreements.

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Here’s the text of our petition: 

As a result of final-hour demands made by the U.S. government during negotiation of the 1997 Kyoto treaty, military greenhouse gas emissions were exempted from climate negotiations. That tradition has continued.

The 2015 Paris Agreement left cutting military greenhouse gas emissions to the discretion of individual nations.

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change obliges signatories to publish annual greenhouse gas emissions, but military emissions reporting is voluntary and often not included.

NATO has acknowledged the problem but not created any specific requirements to address it.

There is no reasonable basis for this gaping loophole. War and war preparations are major greenhouse gas emitters. All greenhouse gas emissions need to be included in mandatory greenhouse gas emission reduction standards. There must be no more exception for military pollution.

We ask COP26 to set strict greenhouse gas emissions limits that make no exception for militarism, include transparent reporting requirements and independent verification, and do not rely on schemes to “offset” emissions.

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— The Team

1. World BEYOND War: “War Threatens Our Environment”
2. World BEYOND War: “We Need $2 Trillion/Year for Other Things”
3. World BEYOND War: “War Endangers Us”
4. World BEYOND War: “War Threatens Our Environment”

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