Our Mission: Veterans For Peace Climate Crisis and Militarism Project is part of the world-wide movement to end the climate crisis and promote climate, environmental, racial, and economic justice. Our emphasis focuses on how US militarism, the single largest institutional source of greenhouse gasses on the planet, fuels the climate crisis.
This requires the US military to step back from its doctrine of Full Spectrum Dominance. Specific actions we advocate include: reducing the unsustainable annual military budget; closing military bases around the world; de-militarizing US foreign policy; and redirecting funds towards mitigating the climate crisis. We conduct programs of public education, engage in coalition-building efforts, and advocate for legislation and policies that address the climate emergency and reduce militarism. All this is in support of Veterans For Peace's foundational goal: to abolish war as an instrument of national policy.
Our areas of focus include:
- We promote full reporting of and reduction of US military emissions
- We support peace, oppose US militarism, and work to reduce and redirect the US military budget for human needs
- We stand for climate justice and against racism
- We educate and mobilize fellow veterans, journalists, politicians, workers, environmental activists and the general public about the role of the military in aggravating the climate crisis.
Veterans For Peace has long spoken out against and acted on environmental devastation by the U.S. military, such as Agent Orange in Viet Nam and the devastation of the water system in Iraq. Our work continues this essential focus on the costs of war and militarism to the Earth and to people (active-duty troops, veterans, and civilians worldwide). As Reverend Yearwood, VFP Advisory Board member and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus, says, “It is critical that we act now to protect our environment and that means ending America’s forever wars.”
Steering Committee: Barry Riesch: Promotional Merchandise; Cindy Piester: Outreach, Presentations (40-60 min); Gary Butterfield: Presentations; Janet Weil: Messaging; Jim Rine: Federal Legislation; Vince Dijanich: Education/Public Speaking, Steve Morse/Just Transition
Ways to Take Action:
US military expenditures consume over half of the total discretionary federal budget and have risen to over $768 Billion per year, more than the next 11 national militaries combined.
Check out the 2021 VFP Convention Workshop: "Militarism Fuels Climate Crisis", our COP26 workshop webinar, and other educational videos.
Read why members of Veterans For Peace have joined the national project connecting US militarism to the climate crisis - their motivations and hopes.
We are tracking the federal government’s climate efforts (or lack of same), including the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, and the Biden Administration, especially Climate Envoy and Viet Nam War veteran John Kerry.
Watch our Webinar Recording!
Originally aired on Earth Day - April 22, 2022
Watch the recording of Veterans For Peace Climate Crisis & Militarism Project’s (CCMP) Earth Day Webinar - Averting Climate Catastrophe: No New Arms Race!
- Dr. David Vine, Professor, Department of Anthropology, American University. Dr. Vine is a widely sought-after speaker, authoritative source on militarism and Empire, and the author of The United States of War and Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World.
- Col. Ann Wright, retired U. S. Army Colonel, and former high ranking U.S. State Department official, who resigned her position in protest of the U.S. illegal invasion of Iraq and has continued to be a powerful voice for peace and the environment. She is the co-author of Dissent: Voices of Conscience.
- Erik Edstrom, A West Point graduate and infantry platoon leader in Afghanistan and Presidential Escort Platoon Leader during the Obama administration. He studied climate change at Oxford University earning a Master of Science degree. Author of UN-AMERICAN: A Soldier’s Reckoning of Our Longest War.
The panel discussion was preceded by a brief presentation by CCMP members describing the links between the Ukraine war, militarism, and the worsening climate crisis.