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This jointly-sponsored one-hour webcast assembles six experts to reflect on Canada’s climate record and future performance in the context of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. In brief segments of 5-10 minutes, our experts answer these key questions:

· What is COP?

· How adequate is the Liberal government’s climate strategy?

· What is the history of Canada’s broken climate promises?

· What are the challenges, in light of the IPCC’s projections on emissions?

· What is being achieved in Glasgow?

· What can we do to promote a livable future?

All this in 60 minutes. Do join us at 4:30 on Sunday, November 7th. Register now. It’s free.

PANELISTS

What is COP26 and what are major issues? –Gail Greer, SCAN!
Critique of the Liberal Government’s climate plan – David Robertson, SCAN!
Canada’s broken promises – Ali Hashemi, biotech entrepreneur
Challenges to meeting climate goals by 2050 – Danny Harvey, climate scientists, U of T
What is happening now in Glasgow? –Tamara Lorincz, NGO delegate from VOW for Peace/ Mitchel Beer, EnergyMix
What can you do to help? –Lyn Adamson, ClimateFast

Moderated by Richard Sandbrook, President of Science for Peace

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The forum will be a student-led initiative, guided by an advisory panel of experts and activists working on nuclear issues. 

In late October, a steering committee meeting of interested student participants will convene virtually to help plan the forum and its agenda. Final forum details will be released in the fall of 2021, with the forum tentatively scheduled for the third week of January 2022. The forum will be held in English and French, with available simultaneous translation. In conjunction with the 2022 student forum, Science for Peace is also running the Science for Peace 2021 Blumenfeld Peace Essay Contest. The contest invites Canadian undergraduate students to write a short essay on some dimension of the challenges of eliminating the risks and dangers of nuclear weapons. Submissions will be judged by a panel of experts from Science for Peace. The winning submission will be awarded $500.00. Details of the essay prize will be soon announced on the Science for Peace website and elsewhere. The tentative deadline for essay submissions is Dec. 20, 2021. Students submitting essays for the 2021 Blumenfeld Peace are strongly encouraged to participate in the 2022 student forum. The Blumenfeld Peace winner will be announced at the 2022 Student Forum. Please spread the word about the 2022 student forum and the Blumenfeld Essay Prize.

Please encourage interested students, student groups, faculty members, and academic departments to contact Science for Peace to get involved in the 2022 student forum. You can contact us at sfp@physics.utoronto.ca  For further information, feel free to contact Tom Deligiannis, tdeligiannis@wlu.ca. 

 

Forum étudiant sur la réduction des dangers des armes nucléaires

Fin octobre, réunira des étudiants universitaires de partout au Canada. Le forum déterminera comment nous pouvons réduire et éliminer les dangers des armes nucléaires, ainsi que susciter l’activisme des jeunes au Canada pour travailler à l’élimination des arsenaux nucléaires. Le forum sera une initiative étudiante, guidée par un groupe consultatif d’experts et d’activistes travaillant sur les questions nucléaires.Le 26 septembre 2021 (Journée internationale pour l’élimination des armes nucléaires), une réunion du comité directeur des étudiants participants intéressés se réunira virtuellement pour aider à planifier le forum et son ordre du jour. Les détails définitifs du forum seront publiés à l’automne 2021, le forum étant provisoirement prévu pour la troisième semaine de janvier 2022. Le forum se tiendra en anglais et en français, avec une traduction simultanée disponible.
En conjonction avec le forum étudiant 2022, Science for Peace organise également le concours de rédaction du paix Blumenfeld de Science for Peace 2021. Le concours invite les étudiants canadiens de premier cycle à rédiger un court essai sur certaines dimensions des défis liés à l’élimination des risques et des dangers des armes nucléaires. Les soumissions seront jugées par un panel d’experts de Science for Peace. La soumission gagnante recevra 500,00 $. Les détails du prix d’essai seront bientôt annoncés sur le site Web de Science for Peace et ailleurs. La date limite provisoire pour les soumissions d’essais est le 20 décembre 2021. Les étudiants soumettant des essais pour le paix Blumenfeld 2021 sont fortement encouragés à participer au forum étudiant 2022. Le lauréat du paix Blumenthal sera annoncé lors du Forum étudiant 2022.
Merci de faire connaître le forum étudiant 2022 et le paix de rédaction Blumenfeld. Veuillez encourager les étudiants, les groupes d’étudiants, les membres du corps professoral et les départements universitaires intéressés à contacter Science for Peace pour s’impliquer dans le forum étudiant 2022. Vous pouvez nous contacter à sfp@physics.utoronto.ca Pour plus d’informations, n’hésitez pas à contacter Tom Deligiannis tdeligiannis@wlu.ca

 

2021 Blumenfeld Peace Essay Contest on Reducing the Dangers of Nuclear Weapons

How can humanity reduce the dangers and risks of nuclear weapons?   As the world grapples with the Covid pandemic and an increasingly serious global climate crisis, thousands of nuclear weapons remain in arsenals around the world. Many of these weapons are ready to be launched within minutes, threatening humanity with nuclear catastrophe. Progress in reducing nuclear-weapons stockpiles and enacting new arms control agreements has stalled or reversed in recent years. Many nuclear weapons states are committing billions of dollars to upgrading their nuclear arsenals and developing new generations of nuclear weapons. How can  we rid ourselves of these dangerous weapons?   Click here to learn more.

Concours de rédaction du paix Blumenfeld 2021 sur la  réduction des dangers des armes nucléaires 

 Comment l’humanité peut-elle réduire les dangers et les risques des armes nucléaires ? 

Alors que le monde est aux prises avec la pandémie de Covid et une crise climatique mondiale de plus en plus grave, des milliers d’armes nucléaires restent dans les arsenaux du monde entier. Continuez..

 

Deconstructing Electric Vehicles on the Eve of Glasgow COP26

 

A lead  human-interest story in the weekend Wheels section of a major Canadian newspaper is about a 2-car family’s transitioning from a hybrid to an EV as they “try to be more sustainable”.   They upgrade their daily car every few years to seek “improvements in fuel efficiency, reliability and technology”. Continue reading..

 

Science for Peace in the Decisive Decade

 

Today we face at least three overlapping, existential crises: militarism, the climate crisis and the collapse of biodiversity. While interrelated in many complex ways, these are separate threats, in that solving one will not eliminate the others. Climate change is certainly exacerbating the decline of species in countless ways. Continue reading..

 

 

 

Climate preservation with lithium-ion and sodium-ion batteries

 

Emissions of greenhouse gases by automobile internal combustion engines and thermal electric power plants could be largely eliminated by moving over to wind and solar power sources, with storage provided by lithium-ion and sodium-ion batteries. Continue reading..

 

Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future: A Review

September 13, by Michel Duguay

In Elon Musk, Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, science writer Ashlee Vance has described a prodigy who has revolutionized three industries at once – space-capable rockets, electric cars and solar energy. Elon Musk is now one of the wealthiest men on the planet.  Continue reading..

 

 

September 1, 2021

 

Dear Toronto-St.Paul’s Community (and others),

 

As you may know, a federal election has been called and we will be heading to the polls to cast our votes from September 10th-20th, 2021. With the election just weeks away, we are working with GreenPAC to host a virtual debate on the environment with our four federal candidates for Toronto-St. Paul’s: Continue reading..

 

 

Science for Peace in the Decisive Decade

 

July 29, 2021 Science for Peace

Humanity must make fundamental choices in the next decade to avoid the devastating consequences of nuclear war and climate crisis.

This decade will be decisive in laying the foundations of a conversion economy free from both carbon emissions and the production of nuclear arms. Continue reading..

 

10 Essential Facts about Nuclear Weapons

 

July 29, 2021 Science for Peace

1. WARNING: The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has moved the hands of the doomsday clock to 100 seconds to midnight (human extinction) because of the risks of nuclear war and climate disruption.

2. ORIGINS: Nuclear weapons were developed by the US, UK, and Canada in the Manhattan Project in World War II. The US dropped a 15 kiloton atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, on 6 August 1945, and a 21 ktn bomb on Nagasaki on 9 August, causing an estimated 214,000 deaths, and excruciating injuries by radiation. Continue reading..

 

 

Science for Peace Tributes and AGM

June 29, 7 PM ET

To access the full recording, please click below.

Tributes

AGM: Business

 

L’interrelation des enjeux climatiques et sécuritaires

 

July 18, par Maryne Heuzé

Le changement climatique et ses effets sur notre environnement et nos sociétés sont désormais indéniables. Afin de réfléchir à la manière dont les politiques doivent réagir face à l’urgence climatique, il est tout d’abord important de qualifier le changement climatique de menace à la sécurité…Continuez

 

 

Climate Emergency: Getting Out Alive

 

July 6, by Richard Sandbrook

Jim Morrison observed that you don’t get outta here alive. Though Morrison had a point, Kim Stanley Robinson sketches an optimistic scenario in which we – or many of us – do get out of the climate emergency alive. Robinson, in  a book of 530 dense pages entitled The Ministry for the Future, continue reading..

 

US Nuclear Strategy: A Critique of Guy Roberts’s Defence of Deterrence

 

July 6, 2021 by Michel Duguay

Guy Roberts was invited to give a keynote talk at the 2021 Congress of the Canadian Peace Research Association. [1 ] Roberts had played a role in composing the Pentagon’s Nuclear Posture Review 2018 (NPR 2018) under the Trump administration. Continue reading..

 

 

Nuclear Madness: Pretending Not to See Brazen Lies

 

June 28, 2021 by Judy Deutsch

The latest brazen lie is the “rule of law” upheld by Biden at G7 and NATO summits, especially lies about  lawlessness surrounding nuclear weapons. During Trump time,  the power of one person to launch nuclear war was on full display. Continue reading..

 

Canada must condemn the violence in Gaza and the West Bank and cease all arms exports to Israel

 

It is with deep sadness and growing concern that we at Science for Peace are watching the rising violence in the Levant and call on all parties to immediately cease hostilities and return to negotiations leading to a peaceful settlement of the conflict.  Continue reading..

 

 

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Do you want to know what Science for Peace is all about? The President of Science for Peace Canada and the SfP Campus Group explain, in separate podcasts, what each organization seeks to achieve.

Click here to listen to the podcast!

 

 

 

Futureproof? Artificial Intelligence and the Human Prospect

 

May 23, 2021 by Richard Sandbrook

 

 

The New York Times  technology reporter Kevin Roose begins his new book with some good news.

Futureproof: Nine Rules for Humans in the Age of Automation, (2021) adopts an upbeat tone in proposing how we might live well in this age of automation. “Artificial intelligence could be unbelievably good for humankind, if we do it right. Continue reading..

 

 

 

 

Fears of war, Canada – China

 

1. Does China deserve our hostility?

July will mark the 100th anniversary of the Communist Chinese Party founding by Mao Zedong. President Xi Jinping now has as much, if not more power, than Mao at the time. Continue reading..

 

 

New Nanos Poll Finds Strong Nuclear Weapons Concerns

For Immediate Release:

April 6, 2021 (Toronto)  The threat posed by nuclear weapons is of major concern to Canadians according to a new poll released today by Nanos Research. The poll results show that Canadians are very positive about key solutions the disarmament movement has been advocating and that Canadians are action oriented in responding to the nuclear threat. Continue reading..

 

 

 

The Climate Crisis Series

1. What Needs To Be Done: January 26, 2021

Climate scientist Danny Harvey provides the answer. A dynamic U of T Professor of Geography, he has written 
two textbooks on climate science, three books on solutions, over a hundred scientific papers relating to the 
climate problem and has co-authored reports for the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. 

Allie Rougeot is from the Toronto chapter of Fridays for Future, an organization of students that mobilizes 
hundreds of thousands of people worldwide in global protests of climate inaction. Sara Beiruti created a vibrant 
student Science for Peace campus group.

What are the main causes of global warming, how fast is it occurring, and what can be done?

To view the full recording, please visit:https://youtu.be/JJ82ZopwuKg





2. Join Forces: To Overcome the Climate Crisis : February 23, 2021


Ian Haney Lopéz, Berkeley Law Professor, is an expert on building political movements across racial and class lines;

 Susan Ruddick, a Geography professor at U of T, studies social movements.

Avi Lewis, a co-founder of The Leap in Canada, reflects on 7 strategies to build strong social movements.

Both market and state have failed to deal with the climate crisis. What is the prospect of a powerful grassroots 
movement emerging to push forward a just transition to a sustainable future?

To view the full recording, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WByT3hF0_rE&feature=youtu.be 






3. Militarism & Climate Change: Disaster in Progress: April 29, 2021


Both anti-war and climate movements are fighting for justice and life for all people on a livable planet. 
It's increasingly clear that we can't have one without the other. No climate justice, no peace, no planet.

Clayton Thomas Muller - Member of the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation
El Jones - Poet, educator, journalist, community activist 
Jaggi Singh- Independent journalist and community organizer
Kasha Sequoia Slavner - Documentary filmmaker

To view the full recording, please visit: https://youtu.be/Wa0o437_eg4

Destined for War, Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?: A Review

March 15, 2021 by Michel Duguay

 

This 2017 book by Harvard Professor Graham Allison has launched a debate on the topic its title announces. Professor Allison is a renowned political scientist and author, who has contributed to the U.S. government as an analyst in matters of national security and defense policy, with a specialty in nuclear weapons and terrorism. Continue reading..https://scienceforpeace.ca/destined-for-war-can-america-and-china-escape-thucydidess-trap-a-review/

 

 

Open Letter to the Prime Minister on Military Expenditures

Image by Hilmi Isilak, May 3, 2020

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister of Canada

Dear Mr Trudeau:

Re: Military Expenditures

Your government signed a contract with Lockheed Martin, prior to covid-19, to purchase 15 naval warships, tabbed as Type 26, at an estimated cost of about $60 billion dollars. These ships are not meant to simply patrol our northern waters; they are extremely robust and well equipped for fighting wars. Continue reading..

 

 

 

 

 

Latest statements

100 Seconds to Midnight

On Thursday January 23rd, 2020 the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved the hands of the symbolic Doomsday Clock 20 seconds closer to midnight, the closest they have ever been. In their statement Closer than ever: It is 100 seconds to midnight we read,”Humanity continues to face two simultaneous existential dangers—nuclear war and climate change—that are compounded by a threat multiplier, cyber-enabled information warfare, that undercuts society’s ability to respond. Continue reading…

 

NATO Defender Europe

Though not well-publicized here in Canada, Canada will participate in the NATO Defender Europe 2020 war manoeuvres held in Europe between January 12 through July 10. Science for Peace, which counts as its members the late Ursula Franklin and John Polanyi, unreservedly opposes this provocative and regressive recapitulation of the brutal 20th century. In addition to NATO’s acceptance of a nuclear weapons first strike strategy, a crime against peace under international law, a military strategy permitting the use of nuclear weapons is based on the post Cold War belief that a nuclear war is winnable and is an atrocious gamble with human survival. Continue reading…

 

Iran Letter

Science for Peace sees great danger in the attack on 3 January by American forces on a senior Iranian official, Qassem Soleimani. The strike was decided by the President abruptly, without consulting allies, or his own government. The drone killing of Gen. Soleimani on Iraqi soil was more than simple murder, it was armed aggression against both Iran and Iraq. Continue reading…

 

The Kurdish Situation in Northern Syria: What Must be Done to Stop Violence

As an anti-war organization, Science for Peace opposes military intervention, both as an ethic and as a researched conclusion about the catastrophic practices and outcomes of war. Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria, leading Kurdish civilians to flee en masse from the Turkish military intent on ethnic cleansing, has led to calls from across the political spectrum for a short-term U.S. military presence. Trump leaves a small military force in Syria to protect oil fields but not the Kurdish people who had been U.S. allies. Continue reading…

 

Open Letter on Climate Change to the Government of Canada

To the Honourable Prime Minister and the Ministers of the Canadian Government:

To the leaders of the Opposition Parties:

The undersigned university faculty members call on the Prime Minister and the Ministers of the Canadian Government and on the leaders of the Opposition Parties to respond to the planetary emergency of climate change. As we will argue, greenhouse gas emissions must be drastically reduced, and soon. The time frame is critical, and it is dictated by the physical environment, not by political or economic considerations. To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, you can’t fool the environment any of the time.Continue reading…

 

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In pursuit of goals of peace, justice and sustainability, Science for Peace advocates nonviolent action at home and around the world. Nonviolence is not only politically effective, but also congruent with our goals. Means and ends are inextricably linked.

The Bulletin, rebooted

Download PDF of the January 2020 issue here (6.3Mb, 18 pages)

The Bulletin is a regular publication of Science for Peace, and has resumed as an online magazine after a three-year hiatus.

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