National militaries typically have very large carbon footprints, and in the fight against climate change they are not naturally thought of as being in the forefront of efforts to go green. The British armed forces are however becoming recognised as a leader in the thinking on how to reduce carbon emissions without compromising national security. It is a subject which can only grow in importance and profile, and I am thus very pleased to publish a guest article by my brother Lt Gen Richard Nugee, until recently in charge of the Armed Forces’ Sustainability strategy, in which he discusses why climate change is after all a security issue and what role the military and the Ministry of Defence can play.
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