Militaries around the world emit a lot of carbon, but they aren’t required to report these emissions directly…plus they aren’t exactly known for prioritizing climate change in their projections. Still, if we want to lower emissions and limit global warming, we’re going to need their help. So how exactly do you get an institution whose focus is national protection, to care about climate protection? This week we spoke with retired general Richard Nugee about when he first realized the dangers of climate change, his efforts to put it on the UK military’s agenda, and what it’s like to try and change an organization from the inside out.
Guest: Richard Nugee
- Go through Richard’s report and learn more about how the UK Ministry of Defense is approaching climate change and sustainability.
- Look at the US Department of Defense’s Climate Adaptation Plan, and the US Army’s plan to be carbon neutral by 2050.
Calls to action
- Check out militaryemissions.org, it’s a website dedicated to putting an end to the discrepancies in today’s military emissions reports.
- If you are in the US military and looking for ways to make a difference, check out the US Army Environmental Command, whose goal is to provide environmental solutions for the Army and the nation as a whole. You can read more about what they do, internship opportunities, and upcoming events.
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This episode of How to Save a Planet was produced by our intern Nicole Welch. The rest of our reporting and producing team includes Kendra Pierre-Louis, Rachel Waldholz, Anna Ladd, Daniel Ackerman, and Hannah Chinn. Our supervising producer is Katelyn Bogucki. Our editor is Caitlin Kenney. Sound design and mixing by Peter Leonard with original music from Peter Leonard and Emma Munger. Our fact checker for this episode was James Gaines. Special thanks to Dr. Neta Crawford.