The other day, someone posed a fascinating question to me. The question, paraphrased for wider consumption, basically came down to why is the West not trying to put an end to wars if it’s so concerned about emissions?
Indeed, wars are massively polluting enterprises and even peacetime military activity takes a toll on our ever so tortured climate, which is now anthropomorphic, apparently, so we should all lament its condition. But why isn’t anyone doing anything?
Well, someone is. Actually, many are. There is, for example, a whole website specially dedicated to reporting on the military emissions of countries in the belief that transparency is key for tackling said emissions. There is only one problem. Countries don’t report their military emissions.
As the website’s creators explain, countries are obliged to report their total greenhouse gas emissions, under the Paris Agreement. What they are not obliged to report are their military emissions specifically. The U.S. made sure of that when it voted against such an obligation in 2015. For reasons of national security.