SfP was formed in response to an uncertainty of a future for the world.
As 1988 came to a close Science for Peace Members looked to the new year keeping in mind the decade about to come, followed shortly by a new century and a new millennium. The events of 1988 made the probability of celebrating 2001 less uncertain. For this issue of the Bulletin, Tony Arrott asked those on BITNET and those at the December Board Meeting in Toronto to reflect on the role of SfP in the changing international relations:
“For the New Year’s issue of the Science for Peace Bulletin, it might be useful if each member of the board and the executives and various chapter representatives were to write something of a New Year’s wish for what they would like to see us accomplish in the coming year This could be anything from a few words to a page. George Spiegelman suggested this at an executive meeting and it was well received.
We might reconsider the purposes of Science for Peace: to what extent are they actions as a coherent group and to what extent do they provided support for individuals who wish to carryout initiatives with the approval of a recognized body. In the early eighties, the threat of nuclear war struck the hearts and minds of us all. is this still the main thrust? Or is it now more the misuse of resources, such as scientific talent and national wealth?
It would nice to encourage each of you to think about this and respond over the holidays.”
The responses received are given here. Perhaps the bulletin can serve as a forum for further discussions. As it was George Spiegelman’s suggestion, it is suitable to start with his response