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In this Our Changing Climate environmental video essay, I look at the environmental and social cost of the military and militarism. I narrow in on the United States military-industrial complex because it is by far the biggest military machine in the world. I look at how the military and the military-industrial complex is a massive polluter in terms of both emissions and chemical waste. In addition, the video looks at whether or not these environmental and monetary burdens caused by the military-industrial complex are justified. Have the multitude of wars the United States has wage been just, or are they manifestations of imperialism. Ultimately, the video connects environmental destruction with military imperialism and concludes that demilitarization is the only truly effective answer to the carbon footprint of the military.

Resources:

  1. US Budgetary Cost of Wars through 2016 (Watson Institute): https://watson.brown.edu/costsofwar/f...
  2. The Treadmill of Destruction in Comparative Perspective: A Panel Study of Military Spending and Carbon Emissions, 1960-2014 (Bradford & Stoner): http://jwsr.pitt.edu/ojs/index.php/jw...
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  4. The US Department of Defense Is One of the World's Biggest Polluters (Newsweek): https://www.newsweek.com/2014/07/25/u...
  5. DOD Releases Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Proposal (Department of Defense): https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Rele...
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  15. Dan Rather Reports, "A Few Good Men, A Lot of Bad Water" (Dan Rather Reports via YouTube): https://youtu.be/cEwqPNl8ydY
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  18. U.S. Military Report Warns Climate Change Threatens Key Bases (InsideClimate News): https://tinyurl.com/ycy4egwz
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  23. Base Nation (David Vine): https://www.basenation.us/ #MilitaryFootprint #MilitaryIndustrialComplex #Demilitarization

 

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