Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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I'll be taking an 'unpaid leave of absence' from my job at the Global Network from December 15-March 15, 2020 in order to help my friend Lisa Savage on her campaign for the US Senate in Maine. She's running as a Maine Green Independent Party member and needs to gather 2,000 petition signatures of registered Greens during that period. I'll be back to GN after March 15.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Time for Natural Guard

With the worsening reality of climate change the world is seeing a flurry of extreme weather incidents. (Here in Maine the TV weather forecasters are 'marveling' every night at the unseasonably warm temperatures. It's like they don't have a clue as to what is really going on!)

Raging fires in California due to severe drought conditions, floods unlike any before in other places, and rising sea levels due to melting Arctic ice all indicate that our future on this spinning satellite Earth will be a difficult one.

Rather than waste colossal amounts of taxpayers monies around the globe on ramped up militarism and endless wars might it be a better idea to turn our little green men in uniform into the Natural Guard?  The job of the Natural Guard could be to go into climate challenged and devastated communities and offer immediate relief assistance.  Rescue, humanitarian aid, and relocation assistance workers will all be more necessary than ever in the coming years.

If we think the current Syrian refugee crisis is a challenge just wait a bit longer for the climate induced storms to get even worse.  Where will Pacific islanders go when their homes sink under the rising tides?  Where will hungry people move to when their regions become so drought plagued that growing food is no longer possible?  The list could easily go on.

All of us should start planting the seeds for the idea of transforming the world's military forces into the Natural Guard.  To continue on this path of growing militarism does nothing to bring real security in our greatest time of need.


Blogger a said...

Wouldn't that be nice? Community members taking care of each others communities!

9/16/15, 10:12 AM  

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