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War is NOT Green: on the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, Divest from the War Machine

April 22, 2020, was the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

Addressing the climate crisis is one of the most important challenges of our time.

The U.S. military is the world’s largest consumer of oil and causes more greenhouse gas pollution than 140 nations combined. Yet 64% of our discretionary spending is siphoned off to the Pentagon every year and the private weapons companies that the Pentagon contracts with continue to place their short-term profit above the future of our planet.

This Earth Day, UFPJ Member group CODEPINK asked supporters to help spread the message that #WarIsNotGreen.

Find valuable resources, including CODEPINK’S Global Days of Action on Military Spending Toolkit.

Share talking points on social media about #WarisNOTGreen: 

  • Did you know the Pentagon is the single largest institutional consumer of fossil fuels in the world? #WarisNOTGreen! we need to cut the Pentagon budget and invest in a Green New Deal NOW!www.codepink.org/wing
  • Did you know If the Pentagon were a country, its fuel use alone would make it the 47th largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world? If we’re going to address the climate crisis, we need to #DivestFromWar NOW! #WarIsNotGreen www.codepink.org/wing 
  • Instead of spending $740 billion on the Pentagon budget every year, we should invest in a Green New Deal and cultivate our local peace economies #WarIsNotGreen www.codepink.org/wing
  • US military emissions come mainly from fueling weapons and equipment. That means that asset managers like @blackrock are contributing greatly to climate change when they invest billions in weapons manufacturers like Raytheon and Lockheed Martin. #WarIsNotGreen www.codepink.org/blackrock

3. Take Action for a #PeacefulGreenFuture by….

Telling the Fed Chair that BlackRock, the world’s largest investor in weapons manufacturers and fossil fuels, must use our taxpayer money  to bail out the people and not the weapon and oil companies.

Telling the 2020 Presidential Candidates to Divest from the Pentagon and Invest in a Green New Deal!

Asking AOC to include a New Peace Deal in the Green New Deal!

Learning more about why War is Not Green and sharing with your communities


Read more about Earth Day and Tax Day here: Global Days of Action on Military Spending 2020: Toolkit – Divest from the War Machine

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