Why We’re Kayaking to the Pentagon, and Why You Should Join Us

One week before the #NoWar2017: War and the Environment conference, to be held September 22-24 at American Univeristy, World Beyond War will work with the Backbone Campaign and other allies to organize a flotilla for the environment and peace, bringing kayaktivism to Washington, D.C., on September 16th.

Why? What’s the relevance? Who’s drilling for oil on the Potomac?

Actually the Potomac is central headquarters for oil consumption, as the top way in which we consume oil is through preparing for and waging wars — wars that are often in large part motivated by the desire to control more oil.

Behind the Pentagon is a 9/11 memorial, but there’s no memorial to the future Pentagon disaster that will come in the form of flooding.

The U.S. military is the top consumer of petroleum around and would rank high by that measure in a list of countries, were it a country. The military is the third worst polluter of U.S. waterways. The United States could convert to entirely sustainable energy for a fraction of the U.S. military budget (and earn it all back in healthcare savings).

Most countries on earth have the U.S. military in them. Most countries on earth (the entire countries!) burn less fossil fuel than does the U.S. military. And that’s without even calculating how much worse for the climate jet fuel is than other fossil fuels. And it’s without even considering the fossil fuel consumption of the world’s leading weapons makers, or the pollution caused by the use of those weapons all over the world. The U.S. is the top weapons dealer to the world, and has weapons on multiple sides of most wars.

The U.S. military created 69% of EPA Superfund environmental disaster sites. Protecting the environment cannot be done without demilitarization.

When the British first developed an obsession with the Middle East, passed along to the United States, the desire was to fuel the British Navy. What came first? The wars or the oil? It was the wars. Wars and the preparations for more wars consume a huge amount of oil. But the wars are indeed fought for control of oil. So-called foreign intervention in civil wars is, according to comprehensive studies, 100 times more likely — not where there is suffering, not where there is cruelty, not where there is a threat to the world, but where the country at war has large reserves of oil or the intervener has a high demand for oil.

We need to learn to say “No More Wars for Oil” and “No More Oil for Wars.”

You know who agrees with that? Pre-presidential campaign Donald Trump. On December 6, 2009, on page 8 of the New York Times a letter to President Obama printed as an advertisement and signed by Trump called climate change an immediate challenge. “Please don’t postpone the earth,” it said. “If we fail to act now, it is scientifically irrefutable that there will be catastrophic and irreversible consequences for humanity and our planet.”

In fact, Trump is now acting to speed up those consequences, an action prosecutable as a crime against humanity by the International Criminal Court — at least if Trump were African. It’s also a crime impeachable by the United States Congress — at least if there’s some way to involve sex in it. Holding this government accountable is up to us.

While militarism is a top cause of climate change, control of fossil fuels is a top motivation for wars. Wars are not “caused by” climate change in the absence of any human decisions to go to war, but people who choose war often do so in response to the sorts of crises that environmental destruction is creating. Learn more here or at our conference. Pro-environment and pro-peace activists are learning to work together. This is an exciting time!

WHEN: 9 a.m. ET Saturday, September 16, 2017

WHERE: The Pentagon Lagoon right in front of the Pentagon.

Click here to sign up to join the flotilla.

Boating access to the Pentagon Lagoon is located at the boat launch area at the Columbia Island Marina. The Marina may be accessed by car from the southbound lanes of the George Washington Memorial Parkway.

The Lagoon has relatively still water, sheltered from the forces of the wind and the current in the Potomac River. We will paddle our kayaks, canoes, row boats, sail boats, and inflatable rafts a very short distance to the perfect spot for photographs. This is about the easiest boating experience imaginable outside of a swimming pool or bathtub. But we want safety to be the top priority. Everyone must have a life jacket. And we are offering two free optional kayak training sessions, on August 12 in St. Mary’s City, MD, and August 26, at the Columbia Island Marina (sign up for one or both when you click here to join the flotilla).

Please consider bringing signs and/or wearing appropriate shirts, such as these or these.

Some sign ideas:

Flotilla for Environment and Peace!

War or Planet: Choose!

Pentagon = Top CO2 Producer

War Harms Our Planet

Pentagon = Rising Seas

This Water Is Rising Because of That Building

Washington Will Sink Under Pentagon Spending

No More Wars For Oil

No More Oil for Wars

(make up your own!)

In memory of Jay Marx!

Jay Marx was a legendary DC-based peace and justice activist who died in a terrible accident two years ago. Jay would have loved this action. Jay Marx Presente!

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  • July 02, 2017 Permanent War Against Humans and the Planet

    Despite a general knowledge of the evils of war and acceptance of peace and the rule of law, war has become a permanent feature of the 21st century -destructive, cruel, dehumanizing and vindictive.

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/permanent-war-against-humans-and-the-planet/5597155

  • Zartan

    This will do no good. Nobody will listen to you, until you take it to wall street, and then, you need to build the numbers to have effect. Washington is not a good place to protest. This is where they want you to go, so Wall Street, ( Those who control Your government) stays open and can keep corrupting!

    Only when you close the exchanges will Washington Listen to and Obey the People.

    No matter what your Cause, Wall Street Controls all Governments, and until people figure it out there will be no change, Ever! He Who Controls Wall Street Controls the World. Simple Matter.

  • Pete

    I like it that you are opposing war with our brothers and sisters in other lands, but man-made global warming is not a good foundation to base yourselves on. Michael Mann & his famous Hockey Stick data made famous by Al Gore are about to be found fraudulent: http://principia-scientific.org/breaking-fatal-courtroom-act-ruins-michael-hockey-stick-mann/

  • any plans for this year’s 9/11 protest?
    or are you willing to tolerate the official lie for another year?

    https://unitedresistance911.wordpress.com/now-in-3-d/

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  • JULY 10, 2017 “Ain’t No Such Thing as a Just War” – Ben Salmon, WWI Resister

    Lately, we’ve been learning about the extraordinary determination shown by Ben Salmon, a conscientious objector during World War I who went to prison rather than enlist in the U.S. military. Salmon is buried in an unmarked grave in Mount Carmel Cemetery, on the outskirts of Chicago.

    http://warisacrime.org/2017/07/10/aint-no-such-thing-as-a-just-war-ben-salmon-wwi-resister/

  • Jed Grover

    The continued fleesing of America by both parties. Treasury Sec Mnuchin any wealth tax increases is not on the table and is nothing more than a Gatekeeper for Wall Street! John Kennedy was the last president to challenge Wall Street. In Don Gibson’s “Battling Wall Street: The Kennedy Presidency,” he said that Kennedy opposed “free trade,” believed industry should serve the nation, and that America should sustain its independence by developing cheap energy. That “pitted him against the oil/banking cartel,” intent on “raising oil prices to prohibitive levels in order to” entrap the world in a “web of debt.”
    Evidence also suggests that “Kennedy crossed the bankers by seeking to revive a silver-backed currency,” independent of the Fed. In fact, on June 4, 1963, he issued Executive Order (EO) 11110 giving the president authority to issue currency. He then ordered the Treasury to print over $4 billion of “United States Notes” in place of Federal Reserve Notes. Some believe that he intended to replace them all when enough of the new currency was in circulation – to return money-creation power to the government where it belongs.

    China changed from a centrally-planned economy to its own market-based model under government-owned banks able to issue credit for domestic development. Until the global economic crisis emerged, it grew impressively at double-digit rates. Key is its banking system, its government-issued currency, and a system of state-owned banks. China is debt free and thus unemcumbered by IMF mandates and predatory banking cartel interests. It also protected its currency by refusing to let it float (beyond a minor adjustment) and be vulnerable to speculative predators. The proof is in the results. China’s independent monetary policy works, much like colonial America, government under Lincoln. They printed their own money, debt free, and prospered – impossible under today’s American model of indebtedness to predatory bankers.

    Even worse are New World Order and WTO rules for a global government run by powerful international bankers and corporations – “oppressing the public through military means and restricting individual freedoms.” Financial terrorism as well by shifting wealth hugely to the top at the expense of beneficial social change to be abandoned. So ask yourself why we have we overthrown so many governments? Connect the dots to our shock therapy strategy that involves world bank, IMF and Wall Street?

    The Web of Debt by Ellen Hodgson Brown exposes important information regarding out nation’s debt and the dwindling spiral of our economy. There is no way the US government is ever going to pay back a $20 trillion federal debt. The taxpayers will just continue to pay interest on it, year after year. Most of the nation’s problems are tied back to this 103+ year pyramid scheme which is protected by both “locked in step” parties! Solve it and dramatic change will occur and we’ll witness fewer wars. True history reveals the direct correlation between private banking and the world’s wars.
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