Science for Peace (SfP) works to achieve a world free of deadly and structural violence, a world in which citizens strive to attain the civil, political, economic, and social rights recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through non-violent political action.
Although we believe that scientific knowledge is essential to the creation of a peaceful and sustainable world, it is not sufficient. Only we collectively hold the key to saving the planet and enriching human existence. It is our common responsibility to define the world we want and build the organizations and nonviolent actions to achieve it.
Science for Peace, with its access to scientific expertise, views itself as part of a broad coalition of citizen organizations dedicated to this task.
Science for Peace was established in 1981, as the final decade of the Cold War began. Its members used knowledge to inform and change public policy. Science for Peace members worked to eliminate nuclear weapons, prevent nuclear war and the weaponization of space, and to convert the military economy. Throughout our history, members have researched, taught, spoken up, and consulted to the government and to the UN. We hold many public meetings and collaborate with and support the work of other groups.
Our past meetings and publications give a picture of the breadth and foresight of our work. From the 1980s, Science for Peace members spoke out on Canada’s weapons trade and its incompatibility with improving global social welfare, on the militarization and environmental degradation of the Arctic and the need to consult with Inuit peoples.
In the 1990s, Science for Peace members focused on disarmament and on the wars and humanitarian situation in the Middle East, the Balkans, Latin America, Indonesia and Africa. Early in our history Science for Peace recognized the economic underpinnings of both climate change and of militarism.