According to Google Translate, the phrase on the card means For Peace and Friendship. The postcard seller wrote a variation of the translation on the back of the card, but did so with the card upside-down. I'm posting the Russian rightside-up for those of you who read the language.
Warfare can affect many aspects of the environment. Land use, water supply, air quality, biological resources, and the functioning of ecosystem services are often disrupted by war. Military impact on natural capital is global, ongoing, and persistent. It can result from the actual physical destruction of landscape, the release of pollution during (or in preparation for) combat, or from the social disruption that leads to refugee populations, resource depletion and subsistence living.~excerpt from article titled War's Forgotten Victim. Read full article at the Academy of Natural Sciences website.
Yet, though it is self-evident that war causes environmental damage, it is surprising how seldom the issue is raised by environmental advocates. The impact of a particular weapons testing ground may be debated, or we may condemn the senseless loss of species to combat, but it is rare to perceive war itself as being, fundamentally, an attack on the environment.
From the defoliation of the forests in Vietnam, to the oil fires of Kuwait, all major wars of the 20th century, and . . . conflicts like Kosovo, have had a hidden casualty: the environment.~ excerpt from description of video titled The Environmental Impact of War, produced by America's Defense Monitor website, where the film may be purchased.
Unexploded weapons, polluted rivers, contaminated soil, and damaged landscapes have all harmed human health, local economies, and ecosytems. The long-term effects of such environmental damage have not yet been fully determined.
Based on the unprecedented environmental damage caused by the 1990-1991 Gulf War and available data on the environmental effects of recent conflicts in Yugoslavia and Afghanistan, BirdLife International has identified seven risks to the environment and biodiversity - and as a consequence also to local people - posed by war:~excerpt from article titled Threats to the Environment Posed by War in Iraq. Read full article at Environmentalists Against War website.
"Until recently the impact of war on nature has often been ignored or obscured by the conflict itself. As the 1990-1991 Gulf War showed, such conflicts have devastating effects on the environment, biodiversity and the quality of life of local people long after the cessation of hostilities", said Dr Michael Rands, Director and Chief Executive of BirdLife International.
- Physical destruction and disturbance of natural habitats of international importance and wildlife resulting from weapons use
- Toxic pollution of natural habitats and wildlife resulting from oil spills or oilwell fires caused by fighting or deliberate damage
- Radiological, chemical or bio-toxic contamination of natural habitats and wildlife resulting from the use of weapons of mass destruction and conventional bombing of military or industrial facilities
- Physical destruction of natural habitats and wildlife resulting from increased human pressure caused by mass movements of refugees (ie, water pollution, use of wood as fuel, hunting of wildlife)
- Burning of wetland and forest vegetation as a result of fighting or deliberate damage
- Desertification exacerbated by military vehicles and weapons use
- Extinction of endemic species or subspecies
The iconic poster (that I do not have permission to print here) of a sunflower combined with the above phrase is available from the Another Mother for Peace (AMP) website. The poster was created by Lorraine Schneider for AMP in the 1960s.
The Santa Monica Mirror published an inspiring article providing background about Ms. Schneider and her poster art.