Dr. Rosalie Bertell advises working cooperatively, in coalitions, with the United Nations, to develop public oversight of the military as a start to phasing it out . She details the Earth Charter, the Earth Council, and many other coalitions and success stories of grassroots activists engaging our world government.
Applying this advice, a see a practical next step: global coalition to petition the UN to:
- include military climate impacts in UN IPCC Reports;
- reassert the 1976 ENMOD treaty against weather modification for military purposes;
- evaluate geomagnetic weapons.
To grow such a coalition would take a co-operative effort. If you find the potential of this work compelling, do contact me (Hilda) at email@example.com.
If you prefer to work on your own, sending this information to your family, friends, and network contacts is good. To raise the issues with decision-makers you may want to consider:
* Every Member of Parliament needs to hear from her or his constituents. The climate impact—and the moral impact—of Canada’s criminal wars is our collective responsibility. Snail-mail to any MP (bypass email logjam) is postage-free.
* UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, whose September climate summit raised global awareness, can be contacted through: https://www.facebook.com/sgantonioun/; Twitter: @antonioguterres.
*** Next climate summit:December 2-13, 2019, planned for Santiago, Chile, has been cancelled. Look for the new venue for this critical conference. The countries who signed on to the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) will meet to further the goals of the Kyoto Accord and the Paris Agreement. https://unfccc.int/about-us/about-the-secretariat. They need to hear from us!
* UN IPCC scientists look for public input; they invite us to engage with them: https://www.ipcc.ch/about/. BC co-authors of the IPCC Reports include Dr. Kirsten Zickfeld, SFU Department of Geography, and Dr. Andrew Weaver, BC Green Party leader.
If you take independent action, I’d be encouraged to hear about it, and share it with others on my website. We could work together on specific campaigns, share information, consider possible actions. [Such as: direct outreach to the brilliant women Heads of State who spoke at the September 23 summit, and the women administering related UN agencies: https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/09/1046712. Rosalie points out that we need a feminist perspective.]
As young activists and adult take to the streets, the military causes of climate change can be a focus for direct action: collective petition to our world government to outlaw war.