Here are two pieces that we recommend you read today, one of which we’ve written and the other an op-ed in the Star Tribune calling on us to honor veterans by examining the environmental damage inflicted by the military. Michael McDonald, president of Twin Cities Veterans for Peace and Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, emeritus professor of justice […]Continue Reading 163 words
While humans generally get most of the recognition today, animals have helped play an important part in military operations throughout our history.
Why This Matters: We should remember to honor animal veterans today in addition to the human ones. The bravery of animals helps save countless human lives and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude.Continue Reading 412 words
A new Defense Department report on the security impacts of climate change provides startling evidence of the impacts of climate change on military readiness and the welfare of servicemembers — Health impacts from heat have already cost the military as much as nearly $1 billion from 2008 to 2018 in lost work, retraining and medical care, according to a new report by NBC News and Inside Climate News.Continue Reading 503 words
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A recent report published by a political scientist at Boston University, found that the Department of Defense is the worlds “single largest producer of greenhouse gases”. America’s military alone emits around 153 million metric tons of carbon pollution annually. In terms of emissions, this would make the U.S. military equal to the Netherlands, and larger […]Continue Reading 462 words
By Madison Pravecek Despite Trump’s refusal to address climate change in his SOTU address, he spent quite a bit of time discussing how the United States should prioritize strength and security. However, rather than being diametrically opposed, national security and climate change are tightly bound. The Arctic is experiencing increased geopolitical attention due to the […]Continue Reading 447 words
The government last Friday made public another report warning of the dangers that climate change poses to our nation — this one details the risks to our national security as a result of more than two-thirds of our military installations being at increased risk in the next 20 years of flooding, drought and fire damage related to climate.Continue Reading 452 words
Unlike the other branches, there is one military service whose members are about to miss a paycheck. The U.S. Coast Guard is the only military service that is “deployed” all over the nation every day 24/7. And the brave Coasties who are working without pay are risking their lives to protect us. According to a Coast Guard spokeswoman, they are continuing to provide essential operations “for national security or that protect life and property during partial government shutdowns,” such as search-and-rescue, securing the nation’s ports and coastlines, other law enforcement duties and environmental response. And for that, you are our heroes — this week and every week.Continue Reading 361 words