GLOBAL MILITARY EXPENDITURES:
CARBON DIOXIDE RELEASED INTO THE ATMOSPHERE:
U.S. IS TOP ARMS EXPORTER & MILITARY SPENDER :
U.S. CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSION IN 5 YEARS TO FUEL IRAQ WAR:
from $839 billion to $1.7 trillion
100 million metric tonnes
Over the past 10 years...
INTENSE HEAT WAVES, DROUGHTS, HURRICANES, FLOODINGS:
warmest decade on record yet
Why is spending for the military prioritized over climate spending?
ENVIRONMENT VS MILITARY SPENDING - 2013
Environmental Protection Agency & Dept of Energy
Ministry of Energy & Climate Change & Dept of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Conservation and environmental protection
Sustainability, Environment, and Water Portfolio
PEACE & DISARMAMENT PATHWAYS
1. Disarm and demilitarize for climate justice and sustainable development.
2. Reduce and re-direct military spending to climate finance and research, development, demonstration and deployment (RDD&D).
3. Mitigate and adapt to prevent the drastic impacts of climate change in the Arctic, stop its industrialisation and militarization.
4. Convert defence industries into civilian, green industries to create a low-carbon economy.
5. Abolish nuclear weapons and nuclear energy.
6. Integrate cooperation, peace-building and nonviolence for climate-resilient communities.
Demilitarization for Deep Decarbonization:
Reducing Militarism and Military Expenditures to Invest in the UN Green Climate Fund and to Create Low-Carbon Economies and Resilient Communities
In 2013, the world’s governments spent over USD 1700 billion on the military sector (SIPRI). This is money that could instead be spent on creating jobs for young people, feeding the hungry, protecting us all from the effects of climate change, tackling ebola…and much more.
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GCOMS builds on over a decade of work done by IPB and others around the theme of ‘Disarmament for Sustainable Development’. It incorporates the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) – now in its 5th year), whose goals it shares and which is coordinated by the IPB.