The world has been making great changes toward sustainable practice. But the focus has been only on the civilian economy. The missing puzzle pieces of the climate change picture—war: overt and covert—are now being added.
Growing awareness of the global dominance of the military economy and its vast climate impacts brings hope as we see new avenues for easing our crisis.
The tremendous outpouring of emotion around the globe, especially by the young, calls for a focus for action. With local troubles we approach our legal system and governments. The United Nations world government includes these options. As we use the UN it gains credibility and power to effect some degree of justice. In Planet Earth: The Latest Weapon of War, Dr. Rosalie Bertell describes UN agencies to address; she gives examples of successful actions taken in cooperation with civil society coalitions.
United action by a global coalition would, all at once: illuminate the military causes of climate change, the diplomacy alternatives to war, and initiate world-wide action to outlaw war.
Although it takes a year or more to actually address the General Assembly, the announcement alone, of such a global coalition appealing to the UN, would make global news and get the word out quickly. With a great many organizations participating, and given the crisis, the UN General Assembly may speed the process. Many groups already have networks spanning the globe, so a rapid response is possible.
A Modest Proposal
A Global Coalition
of Indigenous Peoples (who suffer conventional war and extreme weather disproportionately), young people, peace and civil society organizations, medical and scientific bodies, can petition several United Nations agencies.
UN General Assembly:
1: Request that the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change count global military emissions and include them in their analyses and Reports;
2: Reassert and update the Convention on the Prohibition of Military or Any Hostile Use of Environmental Modification Techniques, 10 December 1976;
“An international treaty protecting natural ecosystems, the United Nations Convention on Environmental Modification was signed in 1977 after the Vietnam War. In this conflict, the military had deliberately targeted the environment as a strategy of war: more than two million acres of forest were levelled and denuded; another five million acres of land were left contaminated and unproductive because of toxic chemicals such as ‘Agent Orange’” (Bertell, p45).
3: Request a Conference under this ENMOD convention to review electromagnetic weapons.
4: Request all nations suspend geoengineering and chemtrails subject to transparent public information and oversight;
5. Request all nations use environmental modification techniques only to mitigate extreme weather events, under close UN supervision and public oversight.
- ENMOD conference: The ENMOD Convention requires periodic conferences to ensure the provisions of the agreement are met. These are convened under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross at the request of States Parties; when considering beneficial ENMOD effects, international organizations can be included.
United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)
Dr. Rosalie Bertell describes this appeal to the UN that involved a civil society coalition:
“The first conflict investigated by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the UN Committee on Human Settlements was NATO’s ‘humanitarian bombing’ of Kosovo on 24 March 1999 despite international protest. Seventy-nine days of carpet bombing: relentless horror, indiscriminate of civilians and military targets, contrary to International Humanitarian Law. UNEP found rivers and soils contaminated with depleted uranium (DU), radioactive for 1000s of years; with oil and chemicals from 80 bombed industrial areas and from demolished infrastructure. “On their return they called a conference including both governmental and non-governmental organizations, and the Balkan Task Force of Environment and Human Settlements (BTF) was formed. Greenpeace, the World Wide Fund for Nature, The Green Cross and the Danube River Commission joined the BTF” (Bertell, p23).
- UNEP: The unprecedented BC wildfires of the summer of 2018 call for an investigation of this unnatural fire season: to evaluate origins; to test vegetation, animals, and people for (chemtrail) toxins and toxic metals; to interview residents about health effects; and the impact on agriculture and indigenous traditional food resources.
- UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Working Group on Early Warning and Urgent Action heard Chief Arthur Manuel and Bertha Williams on the loss of Aboriginal rights with the ‘modern treaties’ (February 2009).
- International Court of Justice: administers International Humanitarian Law, based on the Geneva conventions of 1949, that “governs the choice of weapons and prohibits or restricts the use of certain weapons”. Conferences convened by the International Committee of the Red Cross review new weapons for adherence to IHL principles: protection of civilians during military conflict. https://www.icj-cij.org/en/court; https://www.icrc.org/en/war–and–law.
Even if the procedures and politics at the United Nations prevent rapid emergency action after such a united appeal, world-wide discussion moves toward resolution. The process would also shed light on the global military’s best-kept secrets, and bring these crimes against humanity and our planet to public consciousness: the only path to change.
“We do have power, that’s the real top secret.” Daniel Ellsberg
“Breakdown / breakthrough.” Hazel Henderson
“Our most precious resource is the human spirit.”
Sister Rosalie Bertell