Science for Peace in the Decisive Decade
Humanity must make fundamental choices in the next decade to avoid the potentially devastating consequences of our interrelated sustainability crises, especially 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. Science for Peace is working to achieve this shift. Weapons manufacturers will convert to production for the green economy, while employees in hydro-carbon-based industries find alternative well-paid conversion-economy jobs. Artificial intelligence, which owes its existence to public funding, will be harnessed for the common good. We can redirect the time freed by automation into caring and regenerating activities, utilizing the extra resources automation generates to fund the needed conversions, remunerate all caring activities and establish a universal job guarantee together with free, universally available social services.
Civil society is the key to bringing about the secure and fulfilling world we want. We need to challenge both militarism – the idea that we enhance our security through expensive new weapons systems – and the perpetuation of the carbon-based economy and unending growth. However, governments throughout the world are failing to meet these challenges. And market forces alone will obstruct, not facilitate. a conversion economy. Citizens groups must therefore provide the pressure on governments and corporations to demilitarize and decarbonize.
Yet in Canada and other liberal democracies, campaigns for demilitarization and decarbonization are only now gathering momentum. In many other countries, citizen action, transparency and open media reporting are weak to non-existent. Science for Peace, as part of the conversion-economy mission, is committed to the formation of strong civil societies globally, including in countries considered “enemies.” Only global action can diminish the threats of nuclear war and climate catastrophe, and global action can be attained non-violently only through citizens acting locally and nationally in the common interest of human security.
We aim for practical, not Utopian, solutions to our problems. We have the technological means to build a green and peaceful world; we lack the political will to make the leap. Science for Peace is developing, with others, an action plan to achieve our goals, with annual milestones to measure progress.
Please join us and support our efforts.