I know. It’s a terrible picture. Devastation we can avoid. But, will we?
We will be hearing the word “balance” a great deal with the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick documentary series on VietNam coming up this fall. Question the notion. When a mega power invades a small country and then tells the story, there is no balance. The telling of the dominating perspective is another war (this time for our minds) even when coated with misdirects, niceties and seductions. If you want to arm yourself before listening to the Burns-Novick work read John Marciano’s The American War in Vietnam: Crime or Commemoration or go to the Vets for Peace Full Disclosure site.
Here’s another poster protesting the U.S. military’s role in polluting the earth. The Department of “Defense” produces more hazardous waste than the five largest U.S. oil companies combined! At the same time, the Pentagon is exempt from all international climate agreements!!! How can this be? For another article on this issue, check out Project Censored’s US Department of Defense is the Worst Polluter on the Planet.
When we think about environmental destruction, we must think about war because modern warfare (most particularly coming from our own military) is the number one enemy of the earth. Ecocide – the destruction of the natural environment, especially when deliberate – is both a strategy (i.e., Agent orange) and a consequence of our military practices (i.e., oil use) of U.S. wars. So, we fool ourselves if we think we can address climate change and the environment without being anti-war. If you would like to check an article on this topic, read Karl Mathieson’s What is the Impact of Modern Warfare in the 11/06/2014 issue of The Guardian.
We need our forests to breathe. According to American Forests, two mature trees provide enough oxygen for one person to breathe over the course of a year. Put that in your pipe and smoke it. Oh, wait. Forests also improve our health by removing dust, ash, pollen, and smoke. Check out other forest facts and spread the word. As we work to protect our forests, we also need to pay attention to the safety conditions of our forest workers who suffer nine times the fatalities of the general US work population. For more information on forest worker safety check out http://lohp.org/forestry-workers/