STRATEGIC VISION FOR THE DECISIVE DECADE AND BEYOND
November 25, 2021 by Science for Peace
VISION: A PEACE/ECOLOGICAL MANIFESTO
The goal of a peaceful world ultimately depends on building global cooperation and achieving human security for all, within the regenerative limits of our finite planet.
But humanity currently faces two existential threats to its existence: nuclear annihilation and ecological collapse, the latter arising mainly from global warming and species extinction.
Science for Peace Stands with the We’suwet’en Land Defenders
November 25, 2021 by Science for Peace
Science for Peace is shocked by last week’s RCMP raid on Wet’suwet’en
territory, lands that have never been ceded to Canada and that support an Indigenous nation and culture with a governance structure thousands of years old. Continue reading..
President of Science for Peace reflects on today’s challenges and the role of Science for Peace. – YouTube
The president of Science for Peace, talks about the future of the organization as it grapples with the twin dangers of climate change and the new nuclear arms race.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Pour plus d’informations, n’hésitez pas à contacter Tom Deligiannis email@example.com
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..
Canada’s Climate Record: Broken Promises, Bright Future?
COP26 Dangerous Omissions: Amplifying Feedbacks, Human Fatalities
Thirty-three years ago climate scientist James Hansen and other climate scientists testified to a U.S. Congressional Committee and to a Senate Panel. They presented conclusive evidence of anthropogenic climate change and warned that “planning must begin now for a sharp reduction in the burning of coal, oil and other fossil fuels that release carbon dioxide.” Continue reading..
Deconstructing Boats on the Eve of Glasgow COP26
What first comes to my mind about “boat people” are families in rickety boats fleeing from Vietnam in the last days of that war, and now the climate and war refugees in capsizing boats, drowning in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and other oceans and seas. Continue reading..
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
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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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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..