Why Surround the White House?

Why am I going to Washington, DC next Saturday? Why do I want to join with others in the People’s Climate March  to surround the White House? Why do I want to tell Trump to pay attention to the fires in Florida, the floods in California, and — far from our shores — the drought across the Middle […]

Trump’s Military Budget Won’t Pass – But It Might Not Have To

President Donald Trump plans to request a massive shift in funding from the civilian sector to the military in his first budget proposal to the United States Congress. “President Trump’s budget would pay for a 54 billion dollar increase to defense — relative to legally-mandated budget caps for for fiscal year 18 — by decreasing funding for […]

Trump’s Insecurity Budget

Trump’s Insecurity Budget

Throwing money at the Pentagon while gutting other programs that protect Americans shouldn’t make anyone feel safer.

Commitment urged to global efforts against climate change

Countries have spent the last week trying to agree the rules for implementing the new agreement on climate action. How important do think global warming is? If Trump actually does manage to keep his notoriously short attention span focused on the four-year process for pulling out of the Paris Agreement, that pact will be damaged […]

Funding To Stop Climate Change Still Dwarfed By Military Spending

The United Nations climate change negotiations have been rolling in Marrakech for one week with the goal of solidifying the Paris Agreement — an international climate accord to limit global warming — and mapping a way forward for low-carbon and climate-resilient development. High-level leaders are now arriving for the second and final week of negotiations. […]

A Trump Budget?

It’s hard to understate the brutality of this election, and the uncertainty and fear about where we will go next. For many of us, our greatest hopes for peace, shared prosperity and economic security seem threatened at their core. While the reasons for our national divisions are complex, I’m convinced that one key is in […]

A Connection Bewteen Climate-Caused Conflict & Our National Budget

The latest US National Security Strategy cites climate change as “an urgent and growing threat to our national security, contributing to increased natural disasters, refugee flows and conflicts over basic resources like food and water.” But a new report from the Institute for Policy Studies,Combat vs. Climate describes how our national budget seriously and dangerously […]

What We Talk About When We Don’t Talk About Climate Change

August 2016 was the hottest month in recorded history. Nothing new there. As a recent report from the Institute for Policy Studies, “Combat vs. Climate,” explains, 15 of the 16 hottest years ever recorded have been in the 21st century. Official Pentagon planning documents recognize climate change as “an urgent and growing threat to our […]

We have money to fight climate change. It’s just that we’re spending it on defense

One year ago this week, I was sitting in a cramped hotel room with 15 other staffers in Las Vegas for Bernie Sanders’ first debate for the presidential nomination. The question came from CNN: “What is the greatest national security threat?” Pundits criticized and mocked him for weeks after he answered “climate change”. But he […]

World needs $90tn infrastructure overhaul to avoid climate disaster, study finds

A gigantic overhaul of the world’s buildings, public transport and energy infrastructure costing trillions of dollars is required if dangerous climate change is to be avoided, according to a major new report. The study by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, which is co-chaired by prominent climate economist Lord Nicholas Stern, found that […]