No War, No Warming – Yes to Rising Up
by Ted Glick
October 20-22, 2007
Join a global movement rising up against war and global warming by participating in a massive intervention in Washington DC or your own community. We need to:
•STOP the war in Iraq and future resource wars by ending our addiction to fossil fuels.
•SHIFT government funding to rebuild New Orleans and all communities suffering from racism and corporate greed.
• GO green and promote environmental justice with new jobs in a clean energy economy.
For more info: www.nowarnowarming.org
For months a movement has been developing that consciously links the war in Iraq and the heating up of the Earth that is disrupting the world’s climate. On Monday, October 22, on Capitol Hill and elsewhere around the country, that movement will become visible as large numbers of people engage in nonviolent direct action to disrupt business as usual. We will call for an end to this criminal war and for strong action to slow, stop and reverse global warming
These issues are connected by oil. The US government invaded and is occupying Iraq both for its oil and to try to turn it into a US-friendly military base from which it can better control the entire region.
Why? It’s not just because Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Wolfowitz and the neo-cons are motivated by their we’re-the-rulers-of-the-world ideology. There is actually a perverse logic to what they’re doing, particularly given their personal connections to the oil industry.
The world is in a deepening energy crisis. Easily accessible oil and natural gas are getting hard to find, even as the demand for and competition over energy accelerates. Those who study this issue agree that we are either right at or very near to “peak oil,” a point where as much oil will have been found and used as there is oil still remaining in the ground. The big problem is that those remaining reserves are getting harder and more expensive to bring out of the ground.
There is a common sense solution to this dilemma. Instead of war in Iraq escalating into war with Iran and more, the US could use its technological know-how and resources to advance a worldwide clean energy revolution.
We could rapidly undercut the appeal of Al-Qaeda by withdrawing our military from the Middle East and promoting huge solar energy farms in this sun-drenched region. We could help the formerly colonized countries of the Global South, who currently use greenhouse gas emitting coal or nuclear power to develop their economies, shift to renewable energy technology, including solar panels, wind turbines, the tides or the earth (geo-thermal).
What kind of world do we face if we don’t stand up, if we don’t rise up to demand a serious course correction?
The CNA Corporation, a national security think tank, published a report this spring called National Security and the Threat of Climate Change (securityandclimate.cna.org) by six retired admirals and five retired generals, including the former Army chief of staff and George W. Bush’s former chief Middle East peace negotiator. According to an April 16 Associated Press story, the report “called upon the US government to make major cuts in emissions of gases that cause global warming.”
The AP report continued: “The report warned that in the next 30 to 40 years there will be wars over water, increased hunger, instability from worsening disease and rising sea levels and global warming-induced refugees. ‘The chaos that results can be an incubator of civil strife, genocide and the growth of terrorism,’ the 35-page report predicted. … In a veiled reference to Bush’s refusal to join an international treaty to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the report said the US government ‘must become a more constructive partner’ with other nations to fight global warming and cope with its consequences.”
The options before us are clear. Down one road, the one we’re now on, lies a cascading series of oil and water wars, climate disasters and ecological devastation. Down the other lies a turn toward peaceful resolution of conflicts; energy conservation, efficiency and a clean energy revolution; and social and economic justice.
In the words of the recent US Social Forum, another world is possible, but for it to come about, another US is necessary. It’s a world worth fighting for, a world worth sacrificing for. Our children and their children are counting on us to do the right thing, and to do it now. The clock is ticking, and we need to act as if the future of human society depends upon what we do, because it really does.