Greening the military

In the 1980s and 1990s there was much debate about the implications of the environment and security linkage. Some argued that security had no place in the environmental debate as the military was the most destructive of social institutions, whilst others argued that the military could be greened (see contributions in Deudney (1999) and Kakonen (1994). Today it seems the effects of securitising the environment are increasingly evident. For instance, a recent story in Scientific America indicates how the US military is investing in and testing carbon and water neutral equipments. Whilst this may speed up the development of low-carbon and alternative fuel technologies it also highlights the pertinence of moral arguments made by scholars theorising the implications of environmental security twenty years ago. It seems that now is the time to follow and document what environmental security has come to mean in practice…

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About Hannah Hughes

I am a lecturer in the School of Law and Politics. My research interests stem from my concern with environmental degradation and include: Climate change; knowledge and power; global environmental politics; environmental security
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4 Responses to Greening the military

  1. davidfischer87 says:

    This is interesting. I did a presentation on the greening of the military last semester. If you like I can share it with you guys? Also, there is a book about the greening of the military: Durant, F. Greening of the U.S. Military (Washington, Georgetown University Press, 2007).

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