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Institute for Sustainable Conflict

Socially responsible warfare
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Current armed conflicts are not notably eco-freindly. They involve consuming large quantities of hydrocarbon fuels, require significant amounts of energy, metals and minerals, and leave a fair bit of mess behind.

The Institute for Sustainable Conflict would attempt to inform and educate nations to go to war in a more eco-friendly way. Fighting vehicles powered by rechargeable batteries, hydrogen, fuel cells or solar power would be promoted. Uniforms and footwear would be produced using natural fibres from sustainable sources. Ration packs would have vegetarian and vegan options. Recycling would be a key element of designs. Biological weapons would be favoured over chemical ones, but any toxic compounds would be organically derived, biodegradeable, and responsibly sourced.

Medical and battlefield trauma services would be expanded to include Crystal therapy, Reiki, Acupuncture, Reflexology and Chiropractic.

Lots and lots and lots of people would still die of course, probably much more slowly and in a great deal more pain than at present (apart from the ones getting the Coca Leaf and Poppy Juice herbal tea) but at least they will do so in an eco-friendly and socially responsible way.

8th of 7, Nov 25 2014

I'll pit my bureau against your institute any day... http://en.wikipedia.../Bureau_of_Sabotage
[normzone, Nov 26 2014]

leaner, greener.. http://www.mnn.com/...doing/more-power-on
[not_morrison_rm, Nov 26 2014]

lacking in euphemism http://en.wikipedia...wiki/Bollock_dagger
[not_morrison_rm, Nov 26 2014]

soylent green https://en.wikipedi.../wiki/Soylent_Green
recycle your people! [whatrock, Jan 21 2016]


       Or... we just stop conflict.   

       All we are saying, is give pea shooters a chance ?
popbottle, Nov 26 2014

       //Or... we just stop conflict//   

       Historically impossible. However, research by the European Union suggests* that a war in europe might take longer to declare than the average lifespan of anyone declaring anything. War in Europe remains theoretically possible, but requires more paperwork than the current amount of planetary carbon can provide.   

       * or may suggest, depending upon review in the light of the French truck drivers union's leadership ballot.
bs0u0155, Nov 26 2014

       //All we are saying, is give pea shooters a chance ? — popbottle, Nov 25 2014 //   

       ... I thought it was give PIZZA chance? Much more likely to gain widespread acceptance.
Custardguts, Nov 26 2014

       To be honest, the US military is trying to go green...see link.
not_morrison_rm, Nov 26 2014

       Sustainable conflict reminds me of that original trek episode where attacks were simulated, and people tagged as having been killed reported to disintegration chambers. Kirk bolluxed that all up, for the betterment of all & especially the luminous-eyed alien babe.   

       Bolluxed. Is that used correctly? Between this site and now Stampy and Squid I have these cravings to use UK slang. Both because it is fine, and because I suspect its use by the likes of me causes crampy pain to its proper owners.
bungston, Nov 26 2014

       I think it's "bollix", and ditto regarding fresh slang.
FlyingToaster, Nov 26 2014

       Bollox is the preferred spelling, but ad-hoc variants and extensions are welcome. So with my best Oxbridge accent I say "bolluxed" is just luvverley.
pocmloc, Nov 26 2014

       If I might be so indelicate, saw a pic of a "bollock dagger" about 34 years ago...:   

       "The dagger was popular in Scandinavia, Flanders, England, Wales and Scotland between the 13th and 18th centuries" and so on. See linky
not_morrison_rm, Nov 26 2014

       "Popular" is a term that (rather like the dagger) cuts both ways. While it may have been popular with those wielding one, they were no doubt deeply unpopular with those unfortunate enough to be wounded by one.   

       [bungs], you're thinking of "A Taste Of Armageddon". And Kirk was acting from his usual high moral principles, not just for the totty … heh heh …
8th of 7, Nov 26 2014

       I think this idea has been repeated throughout the ages. Undoubtedly in the 18th century England a similar notion was repeated by Malthus, whereupon his closing remarks would resemble yours, "therefore, war is the most sustainable endeavor of all". Of course you're looking at the issue well on the other side of industrialization, where sustainability actually means sustaining industrial capitalism with a new type of fashionable consumerism. So of course it would be in your bastard interests that war would not continue to create an argument against a system you might feel an affectation for as if it was of your own devising. Indeed, this idea is actually a cunning strategy to protect your cultural imperialism at the same time as weaponizing the loathsome cultural iconography that is part of the sustainability marketing scheme.
rcarty, Nov 26 2014

       The production of boots is on the rise.
RayfordSteele, Nov 27 2014

       [rcarty] - I'm sensing some vitriol.
Custardguts, Nov 27 2014

       How can someone resist rebellion in an Upper place in Canada?
rcarty, Nov 27 2014

       // Indeed, this idea is actually a cunning strategy to protect your cultural imperialism at the same time as weaponizing the loathsome cultural iconography that is part of the sustainability marketing scheme //   

       Damn, is it so obvious ?
8th of 7, Nov 27 2014

       Sadly, no, haven't you seen the menagerie?
rcarty, Nov 27 2014

       Its called American football.
pashute, Jan 20 2016

       You lost me at vegetarian options. The idea that a vegetarian is better for the environment is truthy but just plain wrong. The human body needs protein and there's no better way with today's technology to turn untended grass fields into protein than a meat animal.   

       Sure a person can eat beans instead. But beans don't grow on untended grassland. Now if the objection is to growing large amounts of corn to feed it to cattle, or growing cattle without harvesting the methane, or chopping down rainforest to grow cattle I'm completely with you. But these things are unrelated to whether a vegetarian diet is environmentally friendly. Just as breaking into my neighbor's house to steal his soap is fairly unrelated to how efficient a shower is compared to a bath.
Voice, Jan 21 2016

       Incredibly brilliant, until the government takes this seriously and announces a trillion dollar plan to enact it.
doctorremulac3, Jan 21 2016

       In our efforts to devise clean little wars using green technologies where everything recycles might we soon stagger (race?) down the path of Soylent Green [link]? No sense in burying the //lots and lots and lots of people// that would still die as that breaks the sustainable-green-eco loop.
whatrock, Jan 21 2016

       Never been keen on military conflict, 8th. But I find myself wavering toward the side of continual & continuous violence in the face of that tempting Coca Leaf & Poppy Juice tea. Mmmm!
DrBob, Jan 21 2016

       From the lunch menu, would Sir care to try the Magic Mushroom omelette, served with ergot rye-bread toast ?
8th of 7, Jan 21 2016

       Perhaps the conflict could be fought much more slowly, so that one volley between sides takes about a billion years. Peace and war simultaneously.
RayfordSteele, Jan 21 2016


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