Policies of peace making and peace building offer an alternative series of
activities that may foster a flourishing ecosphere, the key necessity for
any notion of long-term environmental security. National security understood
in traditional terms of firepower is anathema to flourishing societies in
the long run, but rethinking security now requires confronting these
implicit assumptions quite directly. Taking ecology at various scales
seriously requires nothing less than rethinking assumptions of force
controlling territory as the basis of security.
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