Wars, Military, Climate

04 December 2015 - Event

This series of conferences held to coincide with the UN climate talks in Paris will explore the relationship between climate/ecological crises, conflicts and military activities.

Date
04 December 2015 to 06 December 2015
Location
Climate Forum, Montreuil
Organizer(s)
  • Transnational Institute

A summary in Storify of the conference can be found here

Provisional programme as of 13 November 2015. Speakers still to be finalised.

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International conferences (Paris, December 4-5-6, 2015)

Themes

Relationship between climate/ecological crises, conflicts/conflictuality, and military activities: 

  • Military activities, their immediate or potential impact on environment, on-going strategies and strategic projections, future weapons policies.
  • Impact of security/military responses toenvironmental crises: the "crisis amplifier" effects on vulnerable groups, the relationship with conflicts, the winners and losers.

The working languages ​​are French and English. 

The meeting will be held:

  • First conference, Friday, December 4 at CICP, 21 ter rue Voltaire, 75011 Paris
  • Second conference, Saturday 5, as part of the Climate Forum within the People’s Climate Summit, held in Montreuil. Sunday, 6th workshop will be organized on the common actions and perspectives).

Organizers (provisional list) 

Assemblée européenne des citoyens (Helsinki Citizens' Assembly HCA-France), together with its partners of IPAM network (Initiatives for Another World), Catholic Committee  CCFD  Terre Solidaire,  the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN-France), the French Association of Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (AMFPGN), the House of vigilance, the Observatoire des armements and CRDPC, the Group for Research and Information on Peace and Security (GRIP Brussels), Transnational Institute (TNI Amsterdam), Statewatch, Friends of the Earth, ATTAC, Focus on the Global South, Scientists for Global Responsibility 

Draft program

Friday, December 4, CICP, 21 ter rue Voltaire 75011 Paris

Military activities, environmental impact.

2.00-3.00 pm:  Introduction, Military activities, strategy, climate.
The carbon footprint and pollution impact of arms and military policies. Why are greenhouse gas emissions resulting from military activities not included in the climate negotiations? A strategic transition needed for "sustainable security".

3.00-5.00pm: The ENMOD Convention and the questions about geoengineering
Is the ENMOD UN Convention (Convention on the Prohibition of Military or Any Other Hostile Use of Environmental Modification Techniques), a "sleeping beauty"? Addressing global imbalances and the risks of geoengineering. Extension and updating of the ENMOD Convention. Why has this convention not been signed by France? (Among other states)

5.30 -7.30 pm: Nuclear threat and Climate
What is the impact of a brutal cooling related to the intentional or accidental use of nuclear weapons on climate, agriculture and health. Nuclear energy a false solution to reduce CO2 emissions.
 


Saturday, December 5, Climate Forum, Montreuil

The environmental dimension of conflicts

Recurrent droughts, water stress, sea level rise, extreme weather events will increase with climate change, but their impacts will depend on political and economic decisions made by powerful actors.  What will be their effects in regions of tension, dislocation and war? How do we prevent conflict and defend human rights?

10.00-12.00 am: (in cooperation with CCFD): Wars and climate crises, Case study: Middle East
In a region ravaged by war, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, civil war in Syria, Iraq, Yemen regional and global geopolitical tensions, what is the impact of environmental issues, water, repeated droughts, etc. With particular attention to the situation in Palestine, Syria and Iraq and across the Euphrates and Tigris basin.

Climate Threat, Human Security

2.00-4.00 pm: Colonising the future - the Military-Industrial complex and Climate change
Military strategists consider "climate threats" and generally ecological crises, as central issues of security. What are their proposals and projections? Is it a new opportunity for military-industrial lobbies? Are there alternatives?

4.30-6.30: Challenging securitisation of our Climate-changed World 
Current and future threats to our food, water, energy are all being framed today in terms of security. What is the impact of securitising everything? How do we resist and how can we forge true human security?


Sunday, 6th, Climate forum Montreuil

10.00-12.00 am: Self organized workshop: Resistance and Alternative, struggles for Peace and Environment, common plans for action