Flotilla for Environment & Peace

Sep 16, 2017
Event Sector: 
Food, Water & Environment
Event 2nd Sector: 
Peacebuilding & Relations
Event 3rd Sector: 
None Selected
Event Time: 
Event Cost: 
Requesting $20
Event Location: 
The Pentagon Lagoon
George Washington Memorial Pkwy
Arlington, VA 22202
United States

Flotilla for Environment & Peace

One week before the #NoWar2017: War and the Environment conference, World Beyond War will work with the Backbone Campaign and other allies to organize a flotilla for the environment and peace, bringing kayaktivism to Washington, D.C.

Pentagon war making is a leading cause of world-wide environmental degradation.

Did you know that the U.S. military is the top consumer of petroleum around and would rank high by that measure in a list of countries, were it a country? Did you know that 69% of EPA Superfund environmental disaster sites were created by the military, or that the military is the third worst polluter of U.S. waterways, or that the United States could convert to entirely sustainable energy for a fraction of the U.S. military budget (and earn it all back in healthcare savings)?

While militarism is a top cause of climate change, control of fossil fuels is a top motivation for wars. Wars are not “caused by” climate change in the absence of any human decisions to go to war, but people who choose war often do so in response to the sorts of crises that environmental destruction is creating. This is an exciting time! Join our flotilla!