Dr. Barry Sanders on the Ecological Impact of Militarism
Barry Sanders, Ph.D., author of the Green Zone: The Environmental Costs of Militarism (Oakland, AK Press, 2009) will speak in Indianapolis on Monday, October 18, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. at the Earth House, 237 N. East St. The title of his talk is the “Ecological Costs of Militarism.”
In The Green Zone: the Environmental Costs of Militarism Dr. Sanders analyzes “the largest single source of pollution in this country and in the world: the United States military—in particular the military in its most ferocious and stepped-up mode—namely, the military at war.” He says, “When we declare war on a foreign nation, we now also declare war on the Earth, on the soil and plants and animals, the water and wind and people in the most far-reaching and deeply infecting ways.”
The Pentagon “uses enough oil in one year to run all of the transit systems in the United States for fourteen to twenty-two years,” according to Dr. Sanders.
“War is so deeply embedded in the democratic system…that we may need to grab it where it lives, and dies, and that’s at the level of money,” Dr. Sanders writes. Therefore, he argues, eliminating its funding is the way to halt the military’s omnicide, funded by our tax dollars.
Sanders has a solution to the environmental devastation the military causes: ending war. “We must begin to see war as an outmoded method of solving political problems,” he says....The anti-war movement must become a No-War movement working alongside those who believe that, if we act now and with determination and without equivocation, it may still be possible to live on this planet for decades and even centuries from today.”
Dr. Sanders is a Fulbright Fellow, writer in residence at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and retired professor of English and the history of ideas at Pitzer College of The Claremont colleges. He is the author of 12 books.
The talk is free and open to the public. A book signing and reception will follow the talk.
Dr. Sanders’ talk is sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee.
For more info, contact Erin Polley at firstname.lastname@example.org.