War Threatens Our Environment (resources)


Pat Elder at No Bases Conference, November 2018.

David Swanson at People’s Climate March 2017.


The Flame Tree Project: PDF


Flyer: PDF

Infographic cards from WILPF


Host a screening of Scarred Lands & Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War. World BEYOND War has purchased a digital license for the film, so email us at greta@worldbeyondwar.org to organize a free screening in your community. Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives is a compelling documentary exploring the under-reported environmental impacts of war and preparations for war. The film confronts the immensely broad ecological and human ramifications of everything from technological development and natural resource exhaustion to weapons testing and modern warfare itself. See also: Scarred Lands Film Clips and Scarred Lands Companion Shorts.
NoWar2017: War and the Environment

Conference on U.S. Foreign Military Bases, Environmental Impact Panel, Part 1 & Part 2.


Curing the Twin Crises of War and Climate Change


A Powerpoint on Uniting Peace and Climate (PPT).
Climate and Environmental Impacts of U.S. & Canadian Militaries by Tamara Lorincz (PDF).
War on the Earth: Atomic Appalachia and the Militarized Southeast


A Single Nuke Could Cause Devastating Climate Change

War and Warming: Can We Save the Planet Without Taking on the Pentagon

War and the Tragedy of the Commons

Environmental Effects of Warfare

Peace Dividend Would Be an Enormous Carbon Footprint Dividend

Demilitarization for Deep DeCarbonization: A paper from the International Peace Bureau: PDF.

The Failure of War by Wendell Berry

What do the World’s Two Biggest Dangers Have in Common?

Environmental Collapse: Excerpt from “War Is A Lie” by David Swanson

Vieques Vive La Lucha Continua 10 years after the bombing stopped

Sardinia: Militarization, Contamination and Cancer in Paradise

A Nonviolent Insurgency for Climate Protection? By Jeremy Brecher

War Destroys Environment by Costs of War

Just Transition: From Military Addiction to Economic Sustainability by Michael Eisenscher

A Pentagon Report released in March, 2018 details widespread chemical poisoning of water supplies on military bases and in surrounding communities worldwide. The report,  Addressing Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) –  Maureen Sullivan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Environment, Safety & Occupational Health) March 2018,  identifies the presence of PFOS and PFOA in drinking water at levels known to be harmful to human health. At least 401 bases are known to have contaminated water. The chemicals are used in fire retardants during routine fire-training exercises on American military bases. The lethal substances find their way into the groundwater and are linked to severe problems associated with women’s’ reproductive health. They include severe pregnancy complications and long-term fertility issues. Even more alarming, these chemicals contaminate human breast milk. PFOS and PFOA cause liver damage, high cholesterol, decreased response to vaccines, and an increased risk of thyroid disease, and asthma diagnosis. Cleanup will take years to address and the full scope of the problem is unknown to the public, especially in US bases overseas where the information is normally kept secret. The DOD has a long list of environmental cleanup responsibilities at each of its more than 2,900 facilities around the world. More.


The Big Heat: Earth on the Brink by Jeffrey St. Clair and Joshua Frank.

The End of Ice by Dahr Jamail.

Peace Ecology by Randall Amster

The Militarization of Indian Country by Winona LaDuke

The Tyranny of Oil: The World’s Most Powerful Industry — and What We Must Do to Stop It by Antonia Juhasz

War Is A Lie by David Swanson

War No More: The Case for Abolition by David Swanson

Global Warming, Militarism and Nonviolence: The Art of Active Resistance by Marty Branagan



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  1. Hello!
    I signed up for the flotilla kyactivism on September 16th and will be flying in from Portland Oregon to do so. However, I was wondering if it will be illegal in some way? I cannot get arrested.

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