‘Stop war and save the planet’

The Bloomington Alternative is a “mission-driven publication whose goal is to promote and celebrate progressive social change and independent media in Bloomington” and they recently published an article about a talk by author and activist Barry Sanders.

The talk was about two questions which came to his mind and how, as an ordinary citizen, he set about trying to find the answers to the questions:

  • How much pollution does the military produce?
  • How much pollution does the U.S. military produce in a year, month or day?

Unsurprisingly, Barry Sanders discovered that “citizens cannot find answers to the most basic information about the military” and “the best one can get is a rough outline, an approximation”.

Barry Sanders did, however, find some eye-opening statistics, including:

  • All the world’s militaries together emit two-thirds of the ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons released.
  • The US manufactures about 25% percent of the world’s goods and consumes 25% of the world’s fossil fuels.
  • In one year the US military uses enough oil to power all the country’s mass transit for 22 years.
  • The Pentagon uses 25 percent of the world’s supply of jet fuel.
  • In the first three weeks of “Shock and Awe” in Iraq, the US military used 40 million gallons of fuel.
  • At the height of the Iraq war, the Pentagon was using 1 million gallons of fuel per day.

Barry Sanders advocates no war because he is “dedicated to life on this planet” and believes that war is largely responsible for global warming, therefore, we cannot separate the peace movement from “the crisis we call global warming.”


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