Earlier today, the organization Green Change posted an online petition which they hope will garner the attention of President-Elect Barack Obama with the following text,
U.S. military spending in 2008 totaled over $710 billion1 – more than double the spending of the next five militaries in the world combined.2 More than half of it paid for policies that Americans don’t support, programs the military doesn’t need, and occupations that arenâ€™t making the world safer.3
More military spending will not bring more security. Most military spending is unnecessary, or even counterproductive, for America’s defense. Real security cannot be measured merely by the size and force of our military. True security comes from living peacefully, within the limits of the earthâ€™s capacity. It requires that all people have their basic needs met, including food, shelter and health care.
[The next part is what is addressed to Obama]
We strongly urge you to cut U.S. military spending by at least 70% and invest the savings in public education, health care, prevention of home foreclosures, and development of clean, renewable energy.
You can sign and view the petition, along with signatures, here.
Green Change is an organization dedicated to expanding the Green Party and promoting “green values.”Â They were involved in organizing online support for the disappointing campaign of Malik Rahim, but have much hope for the future.Â The group describes itself as,
Green Change provides tools for sharing and expressing Green knowledge and inspiration. We help Green writers, musicians and artists spread the word about their work. We help people come together to take Green political action. We provide information and articles for people who want to learn more about what it is to be Green, live Green and act Green. Soon, we will make it easier to meet others like you, so that together you can build new Green communities, and help one another.