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
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L’interrelation des enjeux climatiques et sécuritaires
July 18, par Maryne Heuz
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.
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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
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..