Militaries are among the largest sources of emissions in the world. Combined, the armed forces of all nations could be generating about six percent of all greenhouse gas emissions.
In August of 2021, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report that the Earth’s climate was breaking 125,000-year records for heating, with the global temperature swelling by roughly 1.98°F compared to the average from 1850 to 1900.
With heightened tensions amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict, it’s tempting to accept a triage-like attitude to global crises, letting some slip into blind spots while society deals with what seems most pressing.
But the U.S. military — a necessity for sovereign protection in the event of open war with other nations — already harms our planet’s habitability, and this will only be exacerbated by the ravages of war on the global environment.
Credit: Brad Bergan, 06/16/22