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A Community Forum in Newbury Park on Saturday, Feb. 1, will examine how U.S. militarism contributes to climate change through carbon emissions and ravaging of fragile ecosystems around the world.
Cindy Piester, a climate activist and longtime associate member of Veterans for Peace, will direct attention to the seldom-discussed connection between military operations and global warming at the 7 p.m. forum at Chalice Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 3327 Old Conejo Road. The forum is co-sponsored by Veterans for Peace, Ventura County, part of an international organization made up of military veterans, their family members and allies.
Piester says the U.S. military is the world’s largest institutional consumer of crude oil and correspondingly, the world’s leading institutional producer of greenhouse gas emissions. She will share her insights into the nexus of U.S. militarism and climate disruption. Her presentation will examine the massive defense budget, the true costs of war and how military operations devastate ecosystems and leave a toxic legacy on bases around the world.
Piester is a board member of Unitarian Universalists for Just Economic Communities. She has submitted a proposal to present “Ending Imperialism and Oil Wars: Restoring Earth’s Balance” at the next Unitarian Universalist General Assembly in Providence, Rhode Island.
The Community Forum is open to the public and free; donations are welcome. For information, visit chaliceuu.org/justice/community-forum or contact Randall Edwards through the church office at (805) 498-9548.