Intro by Jon Davy
This featured article can be found here.
It provides a neat summary of the devastating impact on the environment of war and war machines.
As there is no such thing as a solar powered bomber, wind-powered tanks and so forth, we are faced the fact that the war “industry” is the worst polluter known to Man.
Add to the impact of gas guzzling tanks, ships, trucks and planes – that all, moreover have to be built in factories of minerals dug from the Earth – the destruction of buildings, bridges, roads and so forth that then have to be rebuilt at further cost to the environment.
The orgy of “smash-it-all-to-bits-very-messily-then-rebuild-it” yields no increased wealth in exchange for the environmental damage: you can’t eat a missile, turn a bunker into a nice bungalow or ride to work in a tank. In fact the “yield” is usually a decrease in wealth (lowered standard of living) to one degree or another.
You want to engineer a drop in the human community’s wealth, wellbeing and survival potential, including a damaged environment? Start a war.
And so we are treated to the risible spectacle of governments pretending to give a crap about the environment maintaining and often using ruddy great filthy war machines that cause the environment, not to mention, people, untold damage.
The day governments become honest and worthy of trust, there will be peace on Earth and sane husbandry of our planet.
As the saying goes, “husbandry is senior to pillage”.
This is true on many levels.
The degenerate loons who have usurped the governance of many nations cannot of course apply this principle because it is too sane.
The environmental impact of a war
The environmental impact of a war
War is a state of armed conflict between societies. It is generally characterized by extreme collective aggression, destruction, and usually high mortality. The set of techniques and actions used to conduct war is known as warfare. There exist many types of wars, for example, civil war, guerrillas war, religiuos war, world war, etc. The application of weapons, the destruction of structures and oil fields, fires, military transport movements and chemical spraying are all examples of the destroying impact war may have on the environment. Air, water and soil are polluted, man and animal are killed, and numerous health affects occur among those still living.
Many women were raped as a tool of intimidation, resulting in a rapid spread of sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV-AIDS. The war has a devastating effect on the environment. National parks housing endangered species are often affected for exploitation of minerals and other resources. Refugees hunt wildlife for bush meat, either to consume or sell it. Elephant populations in Africa have seriously declined as a result of ivory poaching. Farmers burn parts of the forest to apply as farmland, and corporate logging contributes to the access of poachers to bush meat.
Damage to sanitation structures by frequent bombing, and damage to sewage treatment systems by power blackouts cause pollution on the water. Two hundred blue plastic containers containing uranium were stolen from a nuclear power plant located south of Baghdad. The radioactive content of the barrels was dumped in rivers and the barrels were rinsed out. Poor people applied the containers as storage facility for water, oil and tomatoes, or sold them to others. Milk was transported to other regions in the barrels, making it almost impossible to relocate them.
During the war, many dams and sewage water treatment plants were targeted and destroyed.
Oil trenches are burning, as was the case in the Gulf War of 1991, resulting in air pollution. In Northern Iraq, a sulphur plant burned for one month, contributing to air pollution. As fires continue burning, groundwater applied as a drinking water source may be polluted.
In vivo inhalation studies and epidemiological studies pointed out the impact of the dust cloud. Health effects from inhaling dust included bronchial hyper reactivity, because of the high alkalinity of dust particles. Other possible health effects include coughs, an increased risk of asthma and a two-fold increase in the number of small-for-gestational-age baby’s among pregnant women present in or nearby the Twin Towers at the time of the attack.
Military movements and weapon application result in land degradation. The destruction of military and industrial machinery releases heavy metals and other harmful substances.
Bombs threaten much of the country’s wildlife. One the world’s important migratory thoroughfare leads through Afghanistan. The number of birds now flying this route has dropped by 85%. In the mountains many large animals such as leopards found refuge, but much of the habitat is applied as refuge for military forces now. Additionally, refugees capture leopards and other large animals are and trade them for safe passage across the border.
Pollution from application of explosives entered air, soil and water. One example is cyclonite, a toxic substance that may cause cancer. Rocket propellants deposited perchlorates, which damage the thyroid gland. Numerous landmines left behind in Afghan soils still cause the deaths of men, women and children today.
The first impact of the atomic bombings was a blinding light, accompanied by a giant wave of heat. Dry flammable materials caught fire, and all men and animals within half a mile from the explosion sites died instantly.
“When you besiege a city a long time, to make war against it in order to capture it, you shall not destroy its trees by swinging an axe against them; for you may eat from them, and you shall not cut them down. For is the tree of the field a man, that it should be besieged by you?” Deuteronomio 20:19
Give free conferences to teach everyone especially children because they have innocent minds and we can teach them between what is good and wrong.
We also want to create a video that shows the damage that war makes in the environment and put a hashtag to make it viral.
Hand out brochures. And organize fairs in public places where we can show people the consequences of wars in environment.
Taking little steps will show people to value life will make a difference in the world.
War is something that would result in devastating human and environmental consequences, and set a dangerous precedent. So much innocent people are getting harmed with things they are not asking for, little kids should not be born in a world like this. Nowadays toddlers know how to use guns and they do not know what toys are, most of them will not know many animals, plants or spaces of nature, thanks to the war and the destruction that this brings. We hope in the future this could change, and we can leaves all in peace and protecting our environment.
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