Description:  “The contribution of military activities to the unprecedented series of environmental crises facing the world today has been largely overlooked and, to an extent, wilfully ignored. This, despite the reality that 163 of the 192 current sovereign countries maintain regular armed forces (Westing 2000). Although the use of weapons of mass destruction has been a prominent feature in the media in recent months, there is a disturbing lack of detailed analysis on the consequences of their use, particularly with regard to the environment. Often vehemently defended for their role in insuring national security, peacetime military operations, in fact, pose a constant and major health threat to the citizens of militarized countries. Yet, governments still refuse to conduct serious assessments comparing the highly actualized national security threat posed by their own armed forces versus those posed by perceived external threats.” (45 page pdf)


Resource Type(s):  Article/Post

Location:  (Universal)

Accessibility:  Online-Free

Wellness Domains:  Earth, Earthlings, Human Society, Personal


Harmful Practices Critiqued:  Military/Weapon Industry, Nuclear Weapons