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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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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.

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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

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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