As your local kindergarten teacher, I sometimes peek outside the classroom at larger issues that may affect my students in their future lives. I take their safety and happiness seriously enough to extend my concern beyond June.
Current kindergarten are members of the high school class of 2020. The connection between the Pentagon and kindergarten will become clear as you read a report that the Pentagon has written concerning the year 2020.
I came across this story on the internet this morning. It's a report on the website of the Guardian News (a British paper).
With fair warning that this is strong—and not very happy—material, here are some quotes:
"Climate change over the next 20 years could result in a global catastrophe costing millions of lives in war and natural disasters.
A secret report, suppressed by the US defense chiefs and obtained by the Observer, warns that major European cities will be sunk beneath rising seas as Britain is plunged into a 'Siberian' climate by 2020. Nuclear conflict, mega droughts, famine and widespread rioting will erupt across the world.
The document predicts that abrupt climate change could bring the planet to the edge of anarchy as countries develop a nuclear threat to defend and secure dwindling food, water and energy supplies. The threat to global stability vastly eclipses that of terrorism, say the few experts privy to it contents.
'Disruption and conflict will be endemic features of life,' concludes the Pentagon analysis."
Bob Watson and Rob Gueterbock are quoted near the end of the article.
"Bob Watson, chief scientist for the World Bank and former chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, added that the Pentagon's dire warnings could no longer be ignored.
'Can Bush ignore the Pentagon? It's going to be hard to blow off this sort of document. It's hugely embarrassing. After all, Bush's single highest priority is national defense. The Pentagon is no wacko, liberal group; generally speaking it is conservative. If climate change is a threat to national security and the economy, then he has to act....' said Watson.
'You've got a President who says global warming is a hoax, and across the Potomac river you've got a Pentagon preparing for climate wars,' said Geuterbock."
This sort of material has surfaced before, but not in the mainstream broadcast media. (A close reading of the article suggests that it's been held in secrecy for almost 4 years: it mentions John Kerry as the Democratic front runner in the presidential campaign.) Many years ago the Atlantic Monthly magazine ran an article about global warming that mentioned the Pentagon's planning for an Arctic Ocean so free of ice that it will be navigable by ordinary warships. It's the sort of work they do.
If you have a stomach for this sort of stuff, you can read the Guardian article in its entirety on the web:
Link to Article
Meanwhile, find a light you can turn off.
Grab an umbrella a walk or ride a bike to the nearest video store and rent An Inconvenient Truth if you haven't already seen it.
Read a book to your kid.
Stay close to home this weekend.
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