Science for Peace 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.
Statements and Letters
Science for Peace publishes public statements from time to time; we also send letters to government ministers and members of parliament. Some recent statements can be seen below:
- Let Venezuelans Solve Venezuela’s Problems, Feb. 15, 2019
- Why Canada Should Withdraw from NATO, Feb. 12, 2019
- Resolution on Canada and the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, Nov. 11 2018
- Resolution on the Don’t Bank on the Bomb Campaign, Nov. 5, 2018
Science for Peace also has a presence on campus at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto. Students and others who work at either university are welcome to join. More details, and an application form, are available at the campus group page on this site.
Meet like-minded and concerned people from a range of academic backgrounds and professions.
Members receive our newsletter, The Bulletin, and can participate in coalition work, research, study groups, conferences, and follow-up activities.
Your annual membership fee supports research and education, allows us to hire researchers, produce materials, and mount forums, workshops and lectures in communities across Canada. SfP is a charity: memberships and donations are tax deductible. The Join Science for Peace page has more info on how to join and pay your dues online.
Sustaining Members: $100
Regular Members: $60
Unwaged / Student Members: $20