Stop Nuclear Contamination

Contact

Contact: Dr. Richard Denton, rdenton@nosm.ca
33 Ursa Court, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada P3E 6B8 . Phone: 249-360-5324
Co-Chair North America International Physicians For Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) (Nobel Peace Prize 1985) and associated with Int’l Campaign Against Nuclear weapons (ICAN winner of 2017 Nobel Peace Prize)

Past President, Physicians for Global Survival, now IPPNW Canada

Because of our concern for global health, we are committed to the abolition of nuclear weapons, the prevention of war, the promotion of nonviolent means of conflict resolution and social justice in a sustainable world. Many people, animals, and plants all over the world have been exposed to harmful radiation. As for numbers, accurate statistics have not been compiled. However, all victims and concerned members of the public may benefit from comparing experiences, and this is the place for such communication. If you have information that should be shared widely about the health and environmental consequences of exposure to radioactive contamination, you are welcome to post it here. And please check this page occasionally to keep up to date with ongoing events. Radioactivity is not a thing of the past. It will never be.

See these organizations:

http://nuclearhotseat.com/
https://nuclear-news.net/
 http://stop-u238.blogspot.com.au/
  http://www.wiseinternational.org/node/36 
http://www.sortirdunucleaire.org/reacteur-Astrid 
http://nf2045.blogspot.jp/2014/05/long-night-of-living-dead-superphenix.html
http://www.worldnuclearreport.org/-2013-.html
http://www.worldnuclearreport.org/-2013-.html

#Rotarians4Ban

@Rotarians4NuclearBan

RAGfPNukeFreePlanet

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World BEYOND War

Contact:

Greta Zarro greta@worldbeyondwar.org

Allied Groups or Campaigns:

Mission:

Founded in 2014, World BEYOND War is a global grassroots network of volunteers, activists, and allied organizations advocating for the abolition of war. We work to advance the idea of not just preventing any particular war but abolishing the entire institution. Instead, we call for an alternative global security system based on peace, nonviolence, and demilitarization.

While public opinion has moved against war, we intend to seize this moment to crystallize that opinion into a movement that spreads awareness that war can be ended, that its ending is hugely popular, that war should be ended as it endangers rather than protects, and that there are steps we can and must take to move toward war’s reduction and abolition.

Our work debunks the myths that war is inevitable, just, necessary, or beneficial. Our peace education program lays out the strategies needed to demilitarize security, manage conflict nonviolently, and cultivate a culture of peace. World BEYOND War’s grassroots-led activist campaigns are centered around weapons divestment and closing military bases around the world. Our offerings include books, online courses, webinars, podcasts, mapping militarism charts, the peace almanac, Study War No More study & action guide, fact sheets, conferences, trainings, and much more.

People in 175 countries have signed World BEYOND War’s Declaration of Peace. Add your name. Find a local chapter near you, or start your own. Follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Our success is driven by a people-powered movement. Sign up as a monthly sustainer to support our work for a culture of peace.

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Global Campaign on Military Spending (GCOMS)

Contact information:

Website: gcoms.org (also demilitarize.org one is redirected to the other)
Contact person(s): Jordi Calvo and Quique Sánchez at coordination.gcoms@ipb.org
Social media: Facebook   Twitter   Instagram
Other websites of reference:

Mission:

The Global Campaign on Military Spending (GCOMS) is a year-round international campaign founded in December 2014 and promoted by the International Peace Bureau after the success of the Global Days of Action (GDAMS), that have been an annual occurrence since 2011.

The main goal of the campaign is to raise awareness and change the discourse regarding military spending as a means to achieve major reductions of military expenditures all around the world.

Most people would agree that warmongering and arms racing make of the world an increasingly dangerous place, but this has yet to become a major item of political discourse and agenda. Militarization is accelerating at an alarming rate at a time when it should be drastically reduced in order to tackle the grave challenges humanity is facing. Most countries in the world are diverting huge amounts of resources to the military sector, leaving basic needs such as food, health, education or employment, or environmental emergencies like global warming, dramatically under-funded. Global military spending amounted to $1,82 trillion in 2018, a figure that does not respond to human needs nor security and that could instead be used to implement comprehensive programmes such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Furthermore, grave challenges as though climate change, migrations and inequality are not only being neglected, but they’re receiving an increasingly militarised response. Pressure to spend more and more taxpayers money on weapons systems and warfare is therefore growing.

GCOMS is confronting all this through the cooperative efforts of peace groups around the globe, fostering synergies among them both regionally and internationally, in order to gradually strengthen the global movement challenging war and militarism.

There are different ways people can get involved with GCOMS, and both groups and individuals working for peace are more than welcome to join the campaign.

Although actions and events take place all year round, the most active period is the GDAMS, when more than a hundred actions are carried out in over 30 countries of all 5 continents. Each peace group contributes with their own strategy and approach, depending on their means, vision and context, all this resulting in a wide range of actions, which include street protests/demonstrations, seminars, press conferences, joint statements, interviews, workshops, stalls, leafleting, petitions, letters, peace vigils, penny polls, school rallies or online campaigning.

You can find out more about our partners here, and on how to get involved here.

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A “Trillion Tree Campaign: The Plant-for-the-Planet App”

Contact:

Verena Weber verena.weber@plant-for-the-planet.org
Support: support@trilliontreecampaign.org

https://www.trilliontreecampaign.org/
https://www.facebook.com/plantfortheplanet/
https://www.instagram.com/plantfortheplanet_official/
https://twitter.com/PftP_int
https://www.youtube.com/PlantForThePlanet

 

Related Groups and Projects:

https://www.1t.org/

https://www.arborday.org

http://www.greenbeltmovement.org

https://trees.org

https://www.trilliontrees.org/

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk

https://www.wwf.org.uk/what-we-do/projects/trillion-trees

Mission:

The current goal of the children and youth initiative is to plant a trillion trees worldwide. Trees are the cheapest and most effective means of binding CO2, allowing us more time to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero and mitigate the climate crisis.

In 2011, the UN Environment handed over the Billion Tree Campaign, along with the official world tree counter, to the youth-led Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation. As the children’s aim is now to plant a trillion trees, they transformed the Billion Tree Campaign into the Trillion Tree Campaign and developed an interactive online tool that motivates others to get involved in planting: https://weplant.app

For the first time ever, some of the best community-led tree planting projects from 20+ countries have come together to deliver a massive boost to the world’s reforestation efforts. Now, with the Plant-for-the-Planet App, everyone can plant trees worldwide with just a few clicks. 100 per cent of the money raised goes directly to the tree planters.

Greta Thunberg said: “It is simple. We need to protect, re-store and fund nature.” The new Plant for the Planet App allows you to do just that. For just €3, you can plant a tree in Brazil. For just €100, you can plant 1,000 trees and help restore the landscape of Indonesia.

You don’t have a sapling at hand? Or want to avoid getting dirt under your fingernails? The Plant-for-the-Planet App is your way to help nature recover by selecting from 50 hand-selected reforestation projects from developing countries. The benefits of tree planting are not just for nature, they are also a vital source of income for poor communities. Many more projects are coming.

Just select your favourite project. Donate. The trees are planted for you. No excuses. Each tree adds to the World Tree Counter.

The app was built over two years by seven young people from Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation under the leadership of Sagar Aryal (24), who has been planting trees with Plant-for-the-Planet for over 10 years, as one of 81,000 children and youth from 73 countries.

The Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation aimed to plant 100 million trees by 2030 through their project in the Yucatan-Peninsula. But they realised that 10,000 projects of that size are necessary to restore a trillion trees, and therefore decided to focus on sharing their tools with a multitude of other projects to help them scale up their work – that’s what this app is about. There are no fees or costs for donors, tree-planting NGOs or anyone else. This app helps to implement the excellent goals of the Bonn Challenge – a global effort to bring 150 million hectares of the world’s deforested and degraded land into restoration by 2020, and 350 million hectares by 2030 – by creating a positive chain reaction. More than 10,000 people signed up to the app in the development phase.

This project could not have happened without the advice, guidance and support of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

About Plant-for-the-Planet

The Plant-for-the-Planet children and youth initiative was launched in January 2007 after Wangari Maathai and the UNEP had called to action via the Billion Tree Campaign. At the end of his school presentation about the current climate crisis, nine-year-old Felix Finkbeiner announced his vision to his classmates: “Let’s plant one million trees in every country on earth!”

So far, more than 13 billion trees in 193 countries have been planted. The children of Plant-for-the-Planet teach and empower others to become Climate Justice Ambassadors. More than 81,000 children from 73 countries are already participating.

On the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, Plant-for-the-Planet plants a tree every 15 seconds. This project demonstrates just how easy it is to make planting trees so effective on a large scale. The initiative uses its own products (i.e. The Change Chocolate) and campaigns (such as “Stop talking. Start planting.”) in order to plant trees and motivate others to get involved in planting.

Why a trillion trees? https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/04/planting-billions-trees-best-tackle-climate-crisis-scientists-canopy-emissions

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Climate Strike Canada


Website:

https://climatestrikecanada.org/en/home

Contact:

Genevieve Langille (Student Activist in London, Ontario)   genvlangille@gmail.com

Related Groups:

Mission:

Climate Strike Canada is a national network of Canadian students that organizes protests to demand climate action. This is the link to their website: Climate Strike Canada where you can find their demands.

The students in Canada are inspired by the numerous First Nations, Métis, and Inuit climate activists who have been voicing their concerns for much longer. The Climate Strike Canada movement is based around the Fridays For Future movement started by Greta Thunberg, the sixteen year old from Sweden, who was nominated for a Nobel prize for her work protesting international inaction on the current climate crisis. Other chapters of climate protest networks exist in almost every country in the world and they can be found through 350.org.

Students and citizens are mobilizing across the world to demand systematic change that deals with the imminence of the climate crisis and to demand politicians ratify policies that effect real change. They believe this is their only hope for a future.

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Go 100% Renewable!


Contact person:

Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director, Ontario Clean Air Alliance
http://www.cleanairalliance.org/the-future-is-renewable/

Other allied projects or groups:

• Go Fossil Free (sponsored by 350.org) https://gofossilfree.org/register-an-existing-campaign-or-group/

• Global 100% Renewable Energy Campaign (International Solar Energy Society)      https://www.ises.org/content/global-100-renewable-energy-campaign

Mission:

We’re calling for Ontario to be powered by 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030. We were formed in 1997 to call for a 100 percent coal phase out for Ontario. After winning that battle, we turned our attention to phasing out Ontario’s nuclear fleet when it comes to the end of its life. That means shuttering Pickering no later than 2018 when its current licence expires, followed by immediate decommissioning, and closing the Darlington and Bruce units when their current licences expire rather than sinking tens of billions of dollars into rebuilding them, locking us into high-cost, high-risk nuclear for another four decades. We have lower cost, lower emission and less risky renewable options, including water-power from Quebec, conservation, wind, solar, biomass, and biogas.

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Promote One Health Initiatives!

One Health Initiative

http://www.onehealthinitiative.com
https://www.onehealthcommission.org/

Contact:

Laura Kahn | lkahn@Princeton.edu

Some Allied Projects and Groups:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
https://www.cdc.gov/onehealth/

World One Health Congress
https://www.onehealthplatform.com/

International Student One Health Alliance
https://www.onehealthplatform.com/

and Facebook: ISOHA One Health Community

On One Health Approaches:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/OneHealthApproachesForCorePublicHealthFunctions/

There are three global One Health groups leading the One Health Charge. The One Health Commission (Dr. Cheryl Stroud) the One Health Initiative pro bono group (Dr. Bruce Kaplan and Dr. Laura Kahn) and the One Health Platform.

These 3 groups joined forces in 2016 to launch a global One Health Day that is officially recognized on Nov 3. However, events educating about One Health and One Health issues can be held any time of the year. Event organizers are urged to ‘register‘ their events to get them on the map.

January 2020 is currently being celebrated as One Health Awareness Month. Advocates are urged to post daily One Health messages in the One Health Awareness Month Social Media Campaign.

Mission:

The One Health concept is a worldwide strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of health care for humans, animals and the environment. The synergism achieved will advance health care for the 21st century and beyond by accelerating biomedical research discoveries, enhancing public health efficacy, expeditiously expanding the scientific knowledge base, and improving medical education and clinical care. When properly implemented, it will help protect and save untold millions of lives in our present and future generations.

One Health is dedicated to improving the lives of all species—human and animal—through the integration of human medicine, veterinary medicine and environmental science.

One Health shall be achieved through:

  1. Joint educational efforts between human medical, veterinary medical schools, and schools of public health and the environment;
  2. Joint communication efforts in journals, at conferences, and via allied health networks;
  3. Joint efforts in clinical care through the assessment, treatment and prevention of cross-species disease transmission;
  4. Joint cross-species disease surveillance and control efforts in public health;
  5. Joint efforts in better understanding of cross-species disease transmission through comparative medicine and environmental research;
  6. Joint efforts in the development and evaluation of new diagnostic methods, medicines and vaccines for the prevention and control of diseases across species and;
  7. Joint efforts to inform and educate political leaders and the public sector through accurate media publications.

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Move the Nuclear Weapons Money

Contact:

Move the Nuclear Weapons Money
www.nuclearweaponsmoney.org
info@nuclearweaponsmoney.org

Other Related Projects and Groups:

Divest from the War Machine:
www.divestfromwarmachine.org

Divest/Invest
www.divestinvest.org

CalSTRS: Divest from General Dynamics
https://www.codepink.org/calstrs

Don’t Bank on the Bomb
https://www.dontbankonthebomb.com/take-action-for-divestment/public/

National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee
https://nwtrcc.org/programs-events/action-ideas/divest-war-invest-people/

Mission:

One trillion dollars is being spent to modernize the nuclear arsenals of nine countries over the next 10 years. This money could instead be used to help end poverty, protect the climate, build global peace and achieve the sustainable development goals.

Help us move the nuclear weapons money to better purposes! Move the Nuclear Weapons Money campaign is promoting cuts in nuclear weapons budgets, divestment from the nuclear weapons industry, and reallocation of these budgets and investments to support peace, climate and the sustainable development goals. Partner organizations hold similar campaigns on divestment from fossil fuels and conventional weapons industries.

The anti-nuclear weapons campaign has been boosted by the UN Global Compact adding nuclear weapons to its list of excluded investments, and the UN Human Rights Committee adopting General Comment 36, which affirms that the threat or use of nuclear weapons violates the Right to Life. Activists are also referring to the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (‘Ban Treaty’) and the International Court of Justice 1996 nuclear weapons case to convince their cities, universities, governments, pension funds and banks to end their investments in nuclear weapons.

Move the Nuclear Weapons Money is also organising public actions such as Count the Nuclear Weapons Money. While governments met at the United Nations for United Nations Disarmament Week and the UN General Assembly, Oct 24-30, 2019, we counted the money by hand— $100 million per minute in $1 million dollar notes, in front of the United Nations and at other publicly visible places in New York City. Counting took seven days and nights. Teams included people of all ages, nations, backgrounds; celebrities, activists, politicians, UN officials, diplomats, artists, religious leaders, sportspeople, refugees and others. Contact us for future activities.

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Episode 119: Garry Davis — World Citizen

Arthur Kanegis is a filmmaker with a brilliant idea: you promote peace best by showing the stories of people DOING peace work. So he and Melanie Bennett produced an inspiring film about Garry Davis, veteran of World War II who felt guilty about bombing Brandenburg, Germany, and tried to prevent future wars by prompting others to join him in becoming citizens of the world, not just one or another country. He was an actor, so his adventures caught the public’s attention. Arthur and Melanie worked with him, lucky folks!
 

Episode 118: The World in June 2020 (video link)

Protests against police brutality and racism have lately prompted many people to demand “Defund the Police.” Peace activists, outraged by the $1.9 trillion spent annually on the military, add this demand: “Defund the Military.” In this month’s global town hall, 30 activists join Metta in discussing this as a realistic possibility, and consider various alternative ways of handling the problems that troops are so frequently used (ineffectively) to solve.
 

Episode 117: Radioactive Mayak (video link)

Nadezhda Kutepova was born and raised in a secret Russian city where plutonium was created for the Soviet (and now Russian) nuclear weapons. The inhabitants were (and still are) exposed to radiation without their knowledge, and in each family, some members died of it. Only when she was grown did Nadezhda learn why her father and grandmother died. She organized an NGO to defend victims’ rights, but had to flee to France five years ago with her four children. Gordon Edwards and Robert Del Tredici discuss these risks with her, comparing them to the lies told about radioactivity in western countries.
 

Episode 116: Too Dumb for Democracy? (video link)

David Moscrop’s book is titled, “Too Dumb for Democracy?” raises a question that liberal political thinkers normally avoid. Our complaints are usually against “deficits” in democracy. But suppose the problem instead is that normal citizens cannot cognitively process the information that is necessary to make wise political judgments? In a friendly conversation, Metta suggests that Moscrop has raised a question that he does not pursue long, for soon he turns to a search for the institutional changes to which many liberals would turn as ways of reforming and saving democracy.
 

Episode 115: The World in May 2020 (video link)

In this month’s Global Town Hall, ten Canadians chat with experts in Croatia, Russia, India, and Wales about the pandemic and the demonstrations against policy brutality now sweeping the US. Should we pick one issue at a time (e.g. nuclear weapons) or work on six or seven as a package? Is the priority to find great leaders or to engage large numbers of citizens as activists? Can Trump be prevented from re-starting nuclear weapons tests?
 

Episode 114: Who Benefits from War? (video link)

The subtitle of Marc Pilisuk’s book was “Who Benefits from Global Violence and War?” and Peter Phillips’s book answsered it: “Giants: The Global Power Elite.” These are about 200 people who control over 40 trillion dollars— a large fraction of the world’s cash. So what are the alternatives and is it possible to persuade, say, ten percent of the population to demand that they be adopted. Metta takes a moroe pessimistic view than Pilisuk and Phillips.
 

Episode 113: Nonviolence International (video link)

Mubarak Awad was a Palestinian Christian psychotherapist who found that his clients did not need therapy; they needed freedom. So he founded a center for nonviolence, which the Israeli government did not appreciate — since it created an effective nonviolent intifada. But the work continues, and Metta speaks with Awad and three other leaders in nonviolent resistance: Michael Beer, Andre Kamenshikov (working now from Kiev), and Yeshua Moser Puangsuwan (working from both Thailand and Canada). At least three of the people are optimistic about being able to continue their work, even in the hard post-covid economy.
 

Episode 112: Revitalizing our Movements (video link)

Peace activists Saul Arbess, William Geimer, Magritte Gordaneer, and Tamara Lorincz have been working together to revitalize the Canadian peace movement. Metta Spencer finds that this initiative is one of several similar ongoing efforts (most of the others global instead of national) so the group discuss the prospects for creating a “social movement of social movements.”
 

Episode 111: Rethinking National Sovereignty (video link)

Peter Russell’s forthcoming book gives a history of sovereignty, but the panelists are thinking about what comes after it how to transition from a world of sovereign nation states to a global federation — or some other alternative means of governance. Fergus Watt promotes World Federalism; Robert Schaeffer is skeptical about the direction we’re heading; and John Feffer is already collecting a transnational community of leaders. Metta doesn’t choose among these approaches but supports them all.
 

Episode 110: Chinese Capitalism (video link)

Rebecca Fannin is an American business journalist who, since the early 1990s, has written about the new corporations in Asia; for financial magazines, plus two books about China and one largely about India. She now offers a webinar on venture capital. She and Metta discuss the connections between business interests and political and social values.
 

Episode 109: The World in April 2020 (video link)

Barbara Birkett, Saul Chernos, Evnur Taran, Jase Tanner, and Adam Wynne called into Project Save the World’s monthly Global Town Hall this time — mainly to discuss Covid-19 with Metta. In April, we’re all locked in our homes speculating about the future: When (if, indeed ever) can we safely open up again? Will the world globalize more or retreat further between closed borders?
 

Episode 108: Poland in Cyberspace (video link)

Adam and Margo Koniuszewski created the Bridge Foundation as an organization to bring together people (especially young scientists) from various countries — especially Canada, Poland, and Switzerland. Adam tells Metta about their current initiative: a competition between teams of young experts to manage a hypothetical cyberattack against Poland. This is, in effect, a “fire drill” for reality. But, because of Covid-19, they will have to carry out the event online.
 

Episode 107: How to Save the World (video link)

Metta Spencer, who launched Project Save the World two years ago, reviews the policy proposals that seem most likely, if enacted simultaneously, to reduce the threat of the six most serious global catastrophes facing humankind: militarism, global warming, famine, pandemics, nuclear contamination, and cyberattacks. They cannot be solved in a step-by-step sequence, for they are a system and most be resolved together.
 

Episode 106: The World in March 2020 (Video link)

Project Save the World invites activists around the world to an open videoconference on the last Sunday of each month. Here Metta Spencer hosts friends in the US, Canada, Croatia, and India in the month when the pandemic spread worldwide. Several of the callers are Rotarian activists and we mainly discuss the use of therapy to handle trauma.

Episode 105: Pleistocene Park (Video link)

Luke Griswold-Tergis and Michael Loranty frequently go to a research station called Pleistocene Park, which is run by a father and son, Sergey and Nikita Zimov. They tell Metta that the Park shows that herds of large herbivores reduce the soil temperature. This can keep permafrost from melting. More research is certainly needed.

Episode 104: The Uighurs (Video link)

Rukiye Turdush is a Canadian activist who works on behalf of her ethnic community, the Uighurs. These inhabitants of northwest China are experiencing what the former diplomat Charles Burton calls “cultural genocide.” Together Rukiye and Charles describe to Metta the “re-education camps” where Uighurs are confined if they display any of their traditional cultural preferences — especially an Islamic lifestyle.

Episode 103: Arctic Changes (Video link)

Ed Struzik is a writer who travels through the Arctic every summer, observing the changing landscape and the challenges that the Inuit people face in adapting to the fastest-warming area of the world. The trees and shrubs are moving into the tundra. Lightning is more frequent, causing wildfires that exacerbate global warming. Struzik cannot reassure Metta with any upbeat ideas for reversing this catastrophic trend.

Episode 102: The World in February 2020 (Video link)

In our monthly Global Town Hall meeting friends discussed such topics as the impact of mining on Guinea’s rainforest, the prospect of shifting to 100% renewable and non-nuclear energy with storage, a plan to ring bells in Hiroshima Day, a project training “barefoot therapists” to help their peers in conflict zones, the Great Lakes Peace work in Africa, and a plan to create a network of NGOs against nuclear contamination on April 28.

Episode 101: Psychotrauma (Video link)

Charles David Tauber and Sandra Maric practice psychotherapy without calling it that. In Croatia, the effects of war trauma are evident but usually denied. Therapy is stigmatized, so they call their work “psychological education,” and they train other local people (“barefoot therapists”) to do it too, using Carl Rogers’ approach in small group settings. They even do therapy online by videoconferencing, as they explain to Metta.

Episode 100: Arctic Fires (Video link)

Heather Alexander is an ecologist who spends her summers in Siberia studying the effect of forest fires on its remarkable carbon-rich permafrost. She explains to Metta that there are trade-offs involved. Nature has prepared many organisms to withstand small fires, but the current ones threaten to mess upset nature’s balance irreversibly.

Episode 099: World Federalism (Video link)

Fergus Watt is executive director of World Federalists in Canada and John Daniele chairs the Toronto branch. In 2020 the UN will celebrate its 75th anniversary and there is a process underway to review the current system of world governance and consider possible improvements. Peacekeeping is one big challenge, but one huge leap took place when the International Court of Justice was created. Fergus, John, and Metta all hope that a parliamentary assembly will be the next phase of democratization.

Episode 098: Landmines (Video link)

Erin Hunt works at Mines Action Canada, which works to promote compliance with the Landmines Treaty, which prohibits the use of bombs that indiscriminately explode by touch or proximity and which, therefore, can injure civilians or even cattle, often long after the war has ended. Erin tells Metta about the origins and effectiveness of that treaty and a related one banning cluster munitions.

Episode 097: The Rohingya and Myanmar (Video link)

Maung Zarni and Paul Copeland discuss with Metta the plight of the Rohingya people in Myanmar and the massacres of 2017 that forced most of them to flee to Bangladesh. Had we misperceived Aung San Suu Kyi? She defended the Myanmar government before the World Court, but it ruled that they may be perpetrating genocide.

Episode 096: The World in January 2020 (Video link)

In the first of our Global Town Halls, Andre Kamenshikov, Charlotte Sheasby-Coleman, Joanna Santa Barbara, Bruna Nota, and Adam Wynne discuss their current concerns with Metta Spencer. Russia’s changing constitution and the coronavirus are the first topics, with a broad agenda of ecological economics as a debating point. Ex-Soviet citizens tend to be wary of big ideas, and to worry that ideology may lead to extremism.

Episode 095: Nuclear Power (Video link)

Libbe HaLevy calls herself a “Survivor of Three Mile Island,” which sounds strange until you learn that not everyone did survive it. Now she runs a weekly podcast about the effects of radioactivity. Angela Bischoff, director of Ontario’s Clean Air Alliance, is a listener and, according to Libbe, a source of information. These two women discuss with Metta the risks of nuclear power, including a few new proposals.

Episode 094: Nuclear Weapons in 2020 (Video link)

Tariq Rauf is an expert on nuclear weapons and the unending struggle to restrain and abolish them all. He and Metta Spencer talk about politics of disarmament and their dismay about the modernizing of these weapons and the new hypersonic missiles. Rauf predicts that the upcoming Non-Proliferation Review Conference will fail, but that the NPT will not collapse.

Episode 093: Global Peace Work (Video link)

Alyn Ware heads the Basel Peace Office, where he oversees the opposition to nuclear weapons by the Parliamentary Network on Nonproliferation and Disarmament and his new campaign, Move the Nuclear Weapons money. He and Metta Spencer discuss the way that financial profitability of producing these weapons shapes the policies of nuclear weapon states. They consider the possibility of shifting to alternative systems of security, such as OSCE, and the need to change the United Nations.

Episode 092: Nepal (Video link)

Mukti Suvedi and Sharad Neupana are Nepalese peace and development workers. Metta called them in Kathmandu and learned about Mukti’s project: rebuilding a town that had been leveled by an earthquake. Sharad does peace work with youth. One technique is simply getting kids from different castes to play football together. Many youth go to work in the Middle East; now the challenge is to bring them home and give them productive jobs.

Episode 091: Beckwith After COP 25 (Video link)

Canadian climatologist Paul Beckwith attended the COP 25 meeting in Madrid that ended in a stalemate. He and Metta agree that there is too little progress by elected government officials, and they consider ways of speeding up responses to the emergency. Beckwith favors sprinkling iron in oceans to encourage plankton and feeding CO2 to limestone.

Episode 090: Iran Today (Video link)

Homa Hoodfar, a professor of anthropology at Concordia University, spent many months in prison in her home country, Iran, for promoting democracy and gender equality. She and Metta talk with Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi, another Iranian-Canadian professor (History, U of Toronto) about the brutal crackdown on the current resistance and their political suggestions for the future of the Middle East.

Episode 089: One World, One Health (Video Link)

Dr. Laura Kahn and Dr. Cheryl Stroud are leaders in the “One Health” movement, an approach that brings together medical knowledge and veterinary and environmental medicine to solve the problems that transcend the boundaries of these supposedly distinct disciplines and practices. They tell Metta about ongoing studies of microbial resistance, vector-borne diseases, and the challenge of feeding a growing human population despite the climate crisis.

 

Episode 088: Farming to Save the World (Video Link)

Tony McQuail is a prominent organic farmer in Ontario. He and Metta discuss how to feed the future human population of 11 billion by agricultural methods that include “cocktail crops,” farming without plowing, and the herding of livestock with electric fences. And yes, such practices also protect wildlife, reduce floods, and sequester large amounts of carbon in the soil. To reverse global warming, good farming is probably the quickest solution.

 

Episode 087: Hanford’s Legacy (Video Link)

Trisha Pritikin probably began being exposed to radiation while in utero. She began feeling sick as a teenager and is still partly incapacitated. But she’s a lawyer and when the government finally revealed the cause of her illness she became a plaintiff — along with thousands of other downwinders. Now she chairs an organization, Core Hanford, that fights for the victims’ rights.

 

Episode 086: Arctic Permafrost and Trees (Video Link)

David Price models ecological systems for the Canadian government–mostly forests. He and Robin Collins discuss with Metta where to plant a trillion new trees. They agree it’s best to pay to have them planted in tropical areas, not in the Arctic. But David doubts the value of woolly mammoths in Siberia.

 

Episode 085: Energy, Climate, and War (Video Link)

Michel Duguay, an engineering professor at Laval University, reassures Metta that there’s nothing to worry about when it comes to electric grids. He does worry about the use of coal energy and about the record of mass killings, but he hopes genomics will solve warfare.

 

Episode 084: Soap Operas for Social Change (Video Link)

William Ryerson heads the Population Media Center, which develops serial melodramas with messages: mainly stories that lead people to change their minds about various reproductive health issues. He and Metta agree that television shows are highly influential, informing (or misinforming) people in powerful ways. The best and cheapest way to reduce population growth is through story-telling.

 

Episode 083 : The Crime of Aggression (Video Link)

Noah Weisbord, a law professor at Queens University, worked on the committee that defined the crime of aggression (previously called (the crime against peace”) that is now an enforceable international law. A ruler who starts a war can be personally arrested, tried, and imprisoned. Noah and Metta discuss the effort to combine forgiveness with justice.

 

Episode 082 : Europe and Peace Today (Video Link)

Reiner Braun is co-president of the International Peace Bureau. He updates Metta on the exciting and dangerous current period, when a new world order is developing in which the US is declining and China, among others, is rising. Europe’s response to Trump is to go it alone, developing their own military. What will become of NATO?

 

Episode 081 : Beckwith’s Climate(Video Link)

Paul Beckwith is a Canadian climatologist who produces frequent videos about global warming. While Metta Spencer is especially concerned about where to cultivate an additional trillion trees, Beckwith is more interested in the potential for using the oceans to manage the excess carbon in the atmosphere.

 

Episode 080 : Miyawaki Forests(Video Link)

Shubhendu Sharma founded a company in India, Afforestt, to build tiny forests all around the world, using methods developed by the Japanese botanist Miyawaki. They are dense natural forests comprising trees that grew in the region hundreds or thousands of years ago. Metta Spencer asks Shubhendu to estimate the carbon sequestration of his forests but he declines to do so, and they argue a bit over philosophy.

 

Episode 079 : School Strike for Climate(Video Link)

Audrey Hayden, Genevieve Langille, Jasmine McRorie, and Freyja Moser are high school students in London, Ontario. On Friday September 27 they organized a protest march as part of the worldwide campaign to alert humankind to the existential crisis posed by global warming. Every Friday after school they also protest, and here they discuss with Metta Spencer the attitudes of the adults who react to their disruptive actions.

Episode 078 : Israeli Elections(Video Link)

Meir Amor is an Israeli-born Canadian professor in Montreal. Abraham Weizfeld is a political scientist/author who lives in Montreal and Nablus, Palestine. Weizfeld considers the recent elections a significant improvement in that it puts the Palestinian party into a more powerful position. Amor thinks that the changes will not amount to much.

 

Episode 077 : The Trouble with Reactors(Video Link)

Angela Bischoff is outreach director for the Ontario Clean Air Alliance and Gordon Edwards is president of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility. They share with Metta Spencer their concerns about the hazards and inordinate costs of nuclear power and suggest other options that are being ignored by the government of Ontario, which is continuing a policy of refurbishing old reactors.

 

Episode 076: Marching to Geneva(Video Link)

Reva Joshee is a Toronto professor and advisor to Jai Jagat, the group that will depart from Gandhi’s grave in Delhi on October 2 and march to Geneva Switzerland, passing through Iran, Georgia, Croatia, among other states, to encourage ending social exclusion, poverty, warfare, and global warming. Reva tells Metta Spencer about the plan to other marchers coming to Geneva from Europe and Africa for several days of action, promoted by the United Nations there.

 

Episode 075: Refugees in Canada(Video Link)

Macdonald Scott is an immigration consultant who helps (mainly disadvantaged) migrants acquire official status as immigrants to Canada. He explains to Metta Spencer that the system is not nearly as generous as most Canadians believe.

 

Episode 074: Modi’s India (Video Link)

Ashis Nandy is a political psychologist in Delhi who notes the harms resulting from India’s development programs. After explaining this to Subir Guin and Metta Spencer, he analyzes Modi’s reasons for depriving Kashmiris of their political autonomy.

 

Episode 073: Transnational Organizing (Video Link)

John Feffer edits “Foreign Policy in Focus,” a publication of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington D.C. He called to ask Metta about what he sees as a trend: an increasing difficulty for leftish and liberal democratic internationalists to cooperate across borders, whereas the burgeoning nationalistic movements are easily knitting their projects together on a global scale. Actually, Metta asked most of the questions and decided to make this into a public conversation for you and others who read Peace Magazine and follow our website, https:tosavetheworld.ca .

 

Episode 072: AIDS in Africa (Video Link)

Ann Swidler is a Berkeley sociologist who believes that Western altruists who want to help Africa should begin by learning about the culture where they go. Otherwise they will be shocked to find their assistance failing. She tells Metta that it is useless to try to change African sex norms, for example, because the historical problem there has been a shortage of people.

 

Episode 071: Peacekeeping Ladies (Video Link)

Alison Lucas is a Major in the Canadian Army and Amber Comisso is a Lt. Commander in Canada’s Navy. Both have served as peacekeepers abroad, but their jobs did not call upon their special quality — their gender — for dealing with women who would have avoided male Canadian soldiers. Still, they say peace operations are more successful when the military includes “ladies.”

Episode 070: Nonviolence in Québec (Video Link)

Normand Beaudet runs a nonviolence resource centre in Montreal that strategizes with various social movements. This summer his assistant is Jamie Latvaitis, a university student who will work in local communities to organize opposition to a proposed pipeline that will ship liquid natural gas across Québec.

Episode 069: Peace and Nationalism (Video Link)

Retired peace studies professors Nigel Young and Metta Spencer discuss their profession, Young’s two new books, and their shared concerns about the probable future of nationalism, the topic of Young’s forthcoming book, Postnational Memory: Peace, War; Making Pasts Beyond Borders.

Episode 068: Sustainable Transport (Video Link)

Ashrith Doman (Transportation Engineer, Hatch) explains to Metta what a fuel cell is and who might choose to use one for what purposes—as well as the pros and cons of electric vehicles, the cost of installing hydrogen service stations, and the reason why it may not be a good idea to convert carbon dioxide into alcohol.

Episode 067: Carbon Capture (Video Link)

Adele Buckley (Formerly V.P, Technology and Research, Ontario Centre for Environmental Technology) and Sandra Odendahl (President and CEO, CMC Research Institutes) are both engineers who are interested in the technology and business end of capturing carbon from smokestacks. (Think “clean coal.”) They say it’s ready to use and greatly needed now, since thousands of coal-powered plants are still be constructed and will be around for several decades, whatever else happens.

 

Episode 066: Improving Peacekeeping (Video Link)

David Last (Professor of Political Science, Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario) is a Canadian who served in Cyprus and the former Yugoslavia as a UN peacekeeper, then trained peacekeepers from several countries. He argues that a key to reducing violence in the world is to educate military professionals to address the political problems that lead to violence. As a professor he’s doing that now.

 

Episode 065: Hacking the Bomb (Video Link)

Could a hacker break into the nuclear weapons control of the US or Russia and launch a nuclear war? The answer is: Maybe. Andrew Futter (Associate Professor of International Politics, University of Leicester) addressed that question in his book (Hacking the Bomb) and discusses it with Hans-Christian Breede (Associate Chair of Public Administration, The Royal Military College of Canada) and Metta Spencer, who chairs Project Save the World.

 

Episode 064: Canadian Peace Work 2019 (Video Link)

Erika Simpson (Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Western Ontario) and Metta discuss their common concerns as academic Canadian peace researchers — the recent meeting of the Canadian Peace Research Association, the recent prepcom for the NPT review conference (which fails, portending another failure next year) and Erika’s research at NATO.

 

Episode 063: Update from Ukraine (Video Link)

Andre Kamenshikov (a Russian peace worker in Ukraine) and Metta discuss the attitudes of the people they know about such issues as climate change, the conflict in the Donbas region, the trees along Russia’s border with China, and why Andre envied his high school friend for living closer to the subway.

 

Episode 062: Beautiful Trouble (Video Link)

Nadine Bloch (puppet-maker, peace educator, and author of Beautiful Trouble and The Synergizing Nonviolent Action and Peacebuilding Guide) shows Metta Spencer that a successful campaign requires two different kinds of approach – conflict resolution and the ability to acquire people power by demanding social change.

 

Episode 061: Creating Real Security (Video Link)

True peacekeeping puts the protection of people first, but nowadays more civilians than soldiers are killed in wars. However, wars are not necessarily inevitable. It is cheaper and more effective to look for impending conflicts and intervene early to prevent them, and to codify the procedures for peace operations. Col. Paul Maillet (ret. Canadian Forces; President, Civilian Peace Service Canada) and Metta Spencer discuss the possibilities in this hour-long chat.

 

Episode 060: Peacebuilding (Video Link)

Kai Brand-Jacobsen (Director of Peace Operations, PATRIR) co-founded Peace Action, Training Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR), a peace institute in Romania that not only does research and teaching but carries out operations around the world in preventing and managing conflicts. Kai tells Metta about some of their innovations, such as bringing experts out of their “silos” to work together on all of the issues that are the background circumstances that lead to war.

Episode 059: Social Media Risks (Video Link)

Lisa Schirch (North American Research Director for the Today Institute) has a new book about the trade-offs that are involved in maintaining freedom of speech on social media and preventing hate speech, fake news, and even the misuse of personal information. Unfortunately, journalists know that “if it bleeds, it leads.”

 

Episode 058: Famine in Africa (Video Link)

Daniel Maxwell (Henry J. Leir Professor in Food Security, Friedman School of Nutrition, Tufts University) is in Nairobi on a field trip hunting for factors producing famine in Africa—especially South Sudan. He looks for underlying vulnerabilities, not just the “triggering events.” And yes, he tells Metta that hunger can start wars — or at least the political unrest that often leads to war. The Arab Spring was one such case.

Episode 057: Gandhi: Justice, Technology (Video Link)

We talk with Carl Kline (Satyagraha Institute) and Anand Mazgaonkar (National Alliance for Peoples Movement, Ahmedabad, India) first about working with the poor, and then about Gandhi’s view of technology. Yeshua Moser-Puangsuwan (Nonviolence International) discusses the effects of social media in Myanmar.

 

Episode 056: Sustainable Buildings (Video Link)

Paul Dowsett (Principal architect, Sustainable) and the president of a carpenter’s union, Michael Yorke (resident District Council of Ontario) discuss with Metta Spencer their preferred building materials (mainly wood, nowadays) to reduce carbon emissions and keep heat inside or outside the house, depending on the time of year. If you live in a high-rise they are looking to replace your balcony.

 

Episode 055: A.I. and You (Video Link)

The Killer Robots are Coming!  (Unless we stop them now.) Cesar Jaramillo and Branka Marijan of Project Ploughshares are working internationally to create binding regulations that will require a human being to be in charge of any weapon that may target another human being. They explain to Metta Spencer what we’re up against.

 

Episode 054: Venezuela (Video Link)

On April 6, 2019 the streets of all major cities in Venezuela were filled with protesters supporting Juan Guaidó’s presidency of the country and demanding that Maduro step down. Four Venezuelans living in Canada discuss the prospects of this change with Nestor Garrido (Venezuelan journalist) who had been in Caracas streets all that day.

Our four guests are Yuriria Lanza (Venezuelan IT professional), Isaac Nahon-Serfaty (professor of Communication, U of Ottawa), Angel Alvarez (political science professor), and Francisco Wulff (economist). They are convinced that the opposition remains strong and committed to nonviolence, so they still are optimistic.

 

Episode 053: Afforestation and our Climate (Video Link)

To prevent runaway climate change, we must sequester vast amounts of carbon. There are only two methods that can be scaled up sufficiently to do so: regenerative agriculture and forestry. Gaurav Gurjar (Forester) works with Afforest, a company in India that creates Miyawaki forests, which grow extraordinarily fast and sequester far more carbon than ordinary forests. He explains their method to Metta Spencer.

 

Episode 052: The Right to Assist Nonviolence? (Video Link)

This is an era of nonviolent struggle and Dr. Maciej Bartkowski (Senior director of education and research, International Center on Nonviolent Conflict) is a scholar who studies how to make such struggles succeed. He does not much use vague words like “democracy” or “peace” or “justice” but insists that organizers establish specific goals of a kind that everyone can know when they have been achieved. And when it comes to helping movements in other countries, his organization, the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, argues that there is indeed a right to assist campaigns abroad that are working to liberate themselves.

 

Episode 051: Biodiversity and food (Video Link)

Harriet Friedmann (Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Toronto) is a specialist on the world’s food system. She and Metta Spencer talk about the importance of diversity for the future of humankind. We depend on an enormous range of species, but many of them are dying out because of industrial agriculture, using monoculture. Harriet has ideas about how to reverse this trend.

Episode 050: Killing for Fun (Video Link)

Lt. Col. Dave Grossman (author, Assassination Generation) reminds Metta Spencer that in previous wars, few soldiers actually fired their weapons. The military learned how to train them to overcome their reluctance by using video games — the same thing that is training juveniles to kill schoolmates today, with astounding frequency. He advises: turn off the TV too.

Episode 049: Can Drones plant a trillion trees?(Video Link)

We have 12 years to save the world from the worst of global warming. Carbon sinks are essential—suck carbon out of the air and sequester it. The British company Carbon Bioengineering is planting trees all around the world with their drones. They expect to plant one billion per year soon. But we’ll need a trillion trees. Can it be done? A discussion with Prof. Sandy Smith (Professor of Forestry, University of Toronto) and Eric Davies (Graduate student in Forestry, University of Toronto) in Toronto and Elena Fernandez-Miranda (BioCarbon Engineering) and Eman Hamdan (BioCarbon Engineering) in Oxford, England.

Episode 048: The UN and Peacekeeping (Video Link)

Walter Dorn (Professor of Defence Studies, Canadian Forces College) is a professor at the Canadian Forces College, where he teaches military officers. He also does a lot of work for the United Nations overseas, mainly developing technologies for peacekeepers’ use in the field. He and Metta Spencer discuss his work and the prospects for various ways of improving the United Nations.

 

Episode 047: After the INF Treaty?(Video Link)

Theodore Postol (Professor Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Douglas Roche (retired Canadian Senator) and Sergey Rogov (Academic Director, USA/Canada Institute) are all deeply worried because the US and Russia have both declared their intention of ending the INF Treaty, which banned ground launched, medium-ranged missiles. It appears that we will have another nuclear arms race, with risks comparable to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

 

Episode 046: Antibiotics and Politics (Video Link)

Dr. Laura Kahn (physician and research professor, Princeton University) and Dr. Ronald St. John (Director, Public Health Ontario) are both experts on public health emergencies such as pandemics. Dr. Kahn has studied the increasing resistance to antibiotics. They discuss these global threats with the host, Professor Metta Spencer.

 

Episode 045: Gandhian Sustainable Development Goals (Video Link)

Jill Carr-Harris (co-leader of Ekta Parishad) is a Canadian who is, with her husband, Rajagopal, a leader in today’s Gandhian movement in India. She and Metta talk first about her recent trip to the Caucasus, where a Gandhi Centre is playing a key role in resolving conflict. Then they describe their upcoming march from New Delhi to Geneva in support of the sustainable development goals. If you’re interesting in joining, see their web page, jaijagat2020.org.

 

Episode 044: Electric Vehicles (Video Link)

Jose Etcheverry (Associate professor of Environmental Studies, York University) does love his car! He sits behind the wheel talking about it to Metta and pointing out the sustainability aides in the parking lot around him. They even talk about the coming of electric self-driving taxis and how it may make it easier for mobility-challenged people to move around the city or go to conferences two hours away.

 

Episode 043: Nuclear Divestment (Video Link)

Some companies — and there are lists showing which ones — make a lot of money by helping build and maintain nuclear weapons. When Metta spoke with Alyn Ware (Parliamentarian Network for Nuclear Disarmament), he was hosting a meeting in Basel, Switzerland for organizations that intend to get investors to take their money out of these companies and force them to quit that horrible business. That’s a promising way of promoting the new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

 

Episode 042: Nuclear Disarmament (Video Link)

Aaron Tovish (Zona Libre, Mexico City) used to manage “Mayors for Peace,” an organization to which 7,000 cities now belong. Refusing to allow their cities to be targets of a nuclear war, those mayors demand that the weapons be abolished. And today Aaron occupies the Swedish embassy in Mexico City, still campaigning against nuclear weapons.

 

Episode 041: Radioactivity Risk (Video Link)

This week, we have Angela Bischoff (Ontario Clean Air Alliance), Richard Denton (Co-chair, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War), and Gordon Edwards (Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility) on the podcast. These three Canadians happen to know what certain types of rays do to the human body and don’t want it to happen to them. You won’t want it either after you hear what they say.

 

Episode 040: COP24 (Video Link)

Every year there’s a meeting of all the states that are committed to reducing greenhouse gas. In 2018, they met in Katowice, Poland, only months after the world’s leading climate experts had warned that there are only twelve years left before the problem becomes irreversible. What can be done? Adam Koniuszewski (Co-founder, The Bridge Foundation, Geneva) attended the COP24 meeting and is fighting the $5 trillion annual subsidies given to the fossil fuel industries. Good for him!

 

Episode 039: Russia Today (Video Link)

Russians hate politics nowadays. Even Putin does, according to Ignat Kalinin (Senior editor, RT television, Moscow). Ignat is a journalist who himself stopped covering military affairs for newspapers and now is editor in a special department of RT that tries to help ordinary people solve their daily problems.

 

Episode 038: World Beyond War (Video Link)

Some wars never happen. People prevent them from happening. Of course, that takes planning and effort but David and Greta are organizing people all over the world to prevent wars, and their movement, World Beyond War, is growing fast. Our guests this week are David Swanson (David Swanson (co-founder, World Beyond War) and Greta Zarro (staff member, World Beyond War).

 

Episode 037: The War in Yemen (Video Link)


Aden, in southern Yemen, was the hometown of Dr. Qais Ghanem (retired professor of medicine, Ottawa University). So Metta asked him and his friend Paul Maillet (retired Colonel, Canadian Forces; now peace-building worker) to explain what made that country into the battlefield of 2018. Blame the Saudis, but it’s not only their fault.

 

Episode 036: Climate Change and Non-State Actors (Video Link)

What happens when Donald Trump or some other climate change denier gets elected to run a state? Bad things, frankly. But the president can’t keep cities, provinces, and corporations from making big changes that reduce global warming. Our guest this week is Matthew Hoffmann (Director of Environmental Governance Lab, U of Toronto).

 

Episode 035: Active Nonviolence (Video Link)

Gene Sharp needed an assistant to oversee the translation of his books about civil resistance, so he hired a 20-year old refugee from Afghanistan who believed that war was sometimes necessary. She soon changed her mind and works now to promote alternative ways of fighting. Our guest this week is Jamila Raqib (Director of Albert Einstein Institution)

 

Episode 034: Popular Resistance (Video Link)

Kevin Zeese (Baltimore lawyer and movement organizer) runs movements in the US to prevent wars and legalize marijuana. He learned quite a bit from organizing the Occupy movement and now he gives courses on how to do it and hosts a weekly talk show.

 

Episode 033: Arctic Security (Video Link)

The ice is melting there, but the people and even the nations in the Arctic get along together surprisingly well. Metta speaks with Adele Buckley (former VP for Technology Research, OCETA) and Ernie Regehr (Senior Fellow, the Simons Foundation)

 

Episode 032: The Cyber Impact (Video Link)

It is possible, some experts think, for certain hackers to get control of a ballistic missile and launch a nuclear war. Of get control of an electric grid of a whole country and shut it down for months. But some of people think there ought to be a law – an international law that all countries will adopt and obey. Metta speaks with Branka Marijan (program officer, Project Ploughshares) and John Daniele (VP, Cybersecurity GTA).

 

Episode 031: The Corporation as Criminal (Video Link)

Harry Glasbeek (Professor Emeritus, York) tells Metta about the woman who held a wedding ceremony, marrying a corporation. And why not? After all, a corporation is legally a person.

 

Episode 029: Chemical Weapons (Video Link)

There is a treaty prohibiting any country from making or keeping chemical weapons of war. But that’s not quite the end of the matter. Metta speaks with Jeremy Littlewood (Chemical and Biological Weapons researcher) on the topic.

 

Episode 028: Lethal Autonomous Weapons (Video Link)

The killer robots are coming – unless we stop them! They will be programmed to pick their victims and exterminate them. Now is the time to protest, before any of them are on the loose. Metta discusses with Erin Hunt (Mines Action Canada) and Yeshua Moser-Puangsuwan (Mines Action Canada).

 

Episode 027: Assessing the Risk of Global Threats (Video Link)

Project Save the World aims to reduce the risk of six global threats: war and weapons; global warming, famine, pandemics, major radiation exposure, and cyber attacks. But are they all equally risky? How can we know which problems are really serious? Fortunately, Mark Sedra (Adjunct Professor, Balsillie School) has been thinking about that.

 

Episode 026: The Paris Agreement (Video Link)

Now that all the countries have agreed what to do to stop climate change, everything is going to be all right, isn’t it? Huh? Isn’t it? Metta discusses with Catherine Abreu (Director, Climate Action Network).

 

Episode 025: Pipelines and Politics (Video Link)

Remind me again why we went to war in Afghanistan. Oh, yeah. Same reason as usual. Metta discusses with John Foster (Energy Economist) and Millie Morton (Economic Development Sociologist).

 

Episode 024: Faith Communities (Video Link)

After Karen Hamilton (Organizer, Parliament of the World Religions) finished coordinating the Canadian Council of Churches, she began organizing a “parliament of world religions” for about 10,000 people.

 

Episode 023: Globalization and Separatism (Video Link)

Are people in different parts of the world coming closer together or dividing into more distinct countries? Metta discusses with Robert Schaeffer (Prof. at Cal Poly U.) and Thomas Ponniah, Prof. at George Brown College).

 

Episode 022: Famine (Video Link)

Can you have a famine when there’s plenty of food? Yes, if people can’t get it. Indeed, the only cause of famine nowadays is that someone is deliberately keeping an enemy from being able to get food – as an act of war. Alex deWaal (Executive Director, World Peace Foundation) wants that to become recognized as a war crime.

 

Episode 021: Israel, Palestine, and Nuclear Weapons (Video Link)

 

Abraham Weizfeld lives half time in Montreal and half time in Nablus, Palestine. He is, year-round, a Jewish activist who, with his Palestinian friend Joseph Maleh, defends the rights of Palestinians. Here we talk also about Israel’s nuclear weapons and the whistle-blower we all love, Mordechai Vanunu.

Episode 020: Humanitarian Aid and Singing (Video Link)

Dr. Mary-Wynne Ashford, MD (past CoChair, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War) is a major international activist working against nuclear weapons. Nowadays she and a colleague go to high schools in Victoria, British Columbia and teach the students about the risks of nuclear war, which they had rarely heard about before. And they take along a choir! After the lecture, everybody joins in and sings together.

 

Episode 019: Nuclear Weapons (Video Link)

Dr. Ira Helfand, MD (CoChair, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War) is a double Nobel prize winner, in a sense. He is co-chair of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which won the award in 1985, and he work not also with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. So guess what he and Metta Spencer discussed when they met in a Zoom conference call?

 

Episode 018: Project Drawdown (Video Link)

Project Save the World loves Paul Hawken, the fellow who set a lot of researchers the task of listing 100 ways to reduce the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. They did a spectacular job, calculating the cost of various measures and rank ordering them in terms of effectiveness. Everybody in the world should read Hawken’s book, Drawdown. Metta discusses it with David Burman (Drawdown workshop leader), Liz Couture (Drawdown workshop leader), and Peter Jones (Professor of Design, OCAD University).

 

Episode 017: Project Ploughshares (Video Link)

Cesar Jaramillo is the executive director of an organization based in Waterloo, Ontario that studies warfare and the effects of owning weapons. He recalls arriving in Canada as a refugee from his native Colombia, which was at war against a guerrilla movement at the time. These days he is chiefly trying to persuade the Canadian government not to sell armored personnel carriers to Saudi Arabia.

 

Episode 016: Building Codes (Video Link)

Did you know that buildings are the source about thirty percent of the greenhouse gas that is warming our planet? So what can we do to make our homes and offices sustainable? These engineers specialize in low energy buildings. Metta discusses with Greg Allen (engineer specializing in low energy buildings), Steve Kemp (engineer specializing in energy codes and net-zero energy buildings), and John Straube (Professor of Building Science, University of Waterloo).

 

Episode 015: Basic Income (Video Link)

Inequality is increasing in all the western industrialized states and there is every reason to expect that trend to continue, especially over the next few years, as automation takes jobs away from a large part of the population. One possible solution is to provide a basic level of income to everyone. Ontario was experimenting with this idea when we held the conversation, but a few months later a new government came to power and shut down the program. So who is ready to explore the idea next? Metta discusses with John Mills (Advocate of Basic Income) and Tom Cooper (Director, Hamilton Round Table on Poverty Reduction).

Episode 014: Korea and the Kim-Trump Meeting (Video Link)

When Trump met the leader of North Korea in Singapore, Metta called and old friend in Seoul to ask how people felt about what was going on. Metta discusses North Korea with John Feffer (Editor of Foreign Policy in Focus, of the Institute for Policy Studies), Marius Grinius (Former Canadian Ambassador to North and South Korea and Ambassador for Disarmament), and Lester Kurtz (Professor of Sociology, George Mason University, now living in Seoul on sabbatical).

 

Episode 013: Yemen (Video Link)

For several years Saudi Arabia has been at war against a group of Houthi fighters in Yemen, and the whole population has been suffering. Cholera was sweeping the country, in the summer and fall of 2018 and food could not be brought in through, so people were starving. Yusur reached a young journalist in Sanaa, who explained this tragic situation. Metta discusses with Yusur Al Bahrani (Journalist living in Yellowknife, Northweat Territories, Canada) and Ahmed Jahaf (Journalist living in Sana’a, Yemen).

 

Episode 012: Peace Studies (Video Link)

Many universities teach courses about peace and conflict, and the faculty members who specialize in these matters meet annually to share their research findings. Two of our panelists had just attended the2018 conference and the third panelist was a Saskatchewan anthropologist who talked about her experience in East Timor doing peace work. Metta discusses with Susana Barnes (Adjust Professor of Anthropology, University of Saskatchewan), Christopher Hrynkow (Professor of Religious Studies, University of Saskatchewan), Florence Stratton (Retired Professor of English, University of Regina), and Peter Venton (Former Economist for the Government of Ontario).

Episode 011: Yemen (Video Link)

The UN isn’t broken, but let’s fix it anyway. It has done many wonderful things to benefit humankind, and with some structural changes, it can do even more. A group is already meeting quietly, planning to propose some changes in the next few years. One proposal is to create a parliamentary assembly where the population of the world can be represented in a more democratic way. Metta discusses with Robin Collins (Group of 78, Canadian Pugwash Group, and World Federalist Movement), John Trent (Retired Professor of Political Studies, University of Ottawa), and Fergus Watt (Executive Director, World Federalist Movement of Canada).

 

Episode 010: UN Emergency Peace Service (Video Link)

If the United Nations had a service ready to go overseas at a moment’s notice to prevent a war or protect people from an insurgent movement, the other countries would not feel it necessary to maintain such expensive armies of their own. They could just call the UN for help whenever trouble was looming. Such a peace service should not just be military; it should be able to mediate conflicts in advance too. Metta Spencer discusses with Robin Collins (Group of 78, Canadian Pugwash Group and World Federalist Movement), Timothy Donais (Associate Professor of Political Science, Wilfrid Laurier University), and Peter Langille (Author of Developing a United Nations Emergency Peace Service.

 

Episode 009: Preventing Cyber Threats (Video Link)

The United Nations told a group of experts to devise a set of rules for countries to adopt that would prohibit anyone or any state from attacking another country with cyber war. Unfortunately, it seems that not all countries want such a treaty or international law limiting aggression online. What do you think should be done next? Try again? Metta discusses with Jack Gemmell (Toronto lawyer), Paul Meyer (Former Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament), and Allison Pytlak (WILPF).

 

Episode 008: Monitoring Nuclear Power Safety (Video Link)

How close do you live to a nuclear power plant? Could it explode? Or do the radioactive materials that are used to produce energy travel through your town or leak into your water system? How do you know? Have you asked? Host Metta Spencer discusses Angela Bischoff, (Clean Air Alliance), Pippa Feinstein (Toronto lawyer, Water Keepers), and Brennain Lloyd (NorthWatch).

 

Episode 007: Pandemics and Climate Change (Video Link)

Don’t feed the monkeys! If they bite, they may have a new virus to pass on. In fact, because of global warming and the great increase in transportation internationally, we are increasingly vulnerable to new diseases transmitted from animals. So what is being done to protect us from worldwide epidemics such as Zika and Ebola? Metta discusses with Dr. Ronald St. John (Former Director General of Canada’s first Centre for Emergency Preparedness and Response, Public Health Agency of Canada), Dr. Sweta Chakraborty, and Dr. Bryna Warshawsky (Public Health Ontario).

 

Episode 006: Famine and Food Security (Video Link)

Do you think food ought to be free? Metta talks to two Canadian experts, Haroon Akram-Lodhi (Professor of International Development, Trent University) and Mustafa Koc (Professor of Sociology, Ryerson University), who have just such a goal in mind.

 

Episode 005: Food and Regenerative Farming (Video Link)

Farming is now a major source of global warming, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The earth can contain carbon if it is not plowed or eroded by wind or water. And there are ways of growing food that protect the soil and make it into a carbon sink instead of a source of climate change. Host Metta Spencer discusses with Lloyd Helferty, Agricultural Engineering Technologist), Jodi Koberinski (Regeneration International, Climate Smart Food), and Joanna Santa Barbara (New Zealand Activity).

 

Episode 004: Girls’ Education, Population and Climate (Video Link)

If you worry about global warming, be sure to send your daughter to school. She will have a career and bear fewer children, which in turn will reduce the emissions of greenhouse gas. Host Metta Spencer discusses with Malcolm Potts (Professor of the Graduate School, Public Health, University of California, Berkeley), William Ryerson (Director, Population Media Center), and Aysan Sev’er (Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Toronto).

 

Episode 003: Forests Can Reduce Climate Change (Video Link)

There are three trillion trees on the planet, but the numbers are declining, just when we need about two trillion more. Trees can suck CO2 out of the air and tuck it away in their roots and wood, where it won’t warm the planet. These guest speakers are all tree-lovers who know the value of a forest. Host Metta Spencer discuses with John Bacher (Presere Agricultural Land), Marc Barash (Journalist, former editor), and Sandy Smith (Entomologist, Professor of Forestry, University of Toronto).

 

Episode 002: Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (Video Link)

According to polls, about three-quarters of the world’s population want all nuclear weapons to be destroyed and forbidden ever to be produced again. So if we live in a democracy, why isn’t this happening? Host Metta Spencer discusses with Douglas Roche (Former Ambassador for Disarmament; Canadian Senator) and Earl Turcotte (Former diplomat for Canada and United Nations).

 

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These public policy proposals, if adopted together, will greatly reduce the risk of six grave, inter-dependent threats to humankind. Wherever you are on the planet, if you accept at least 20 of the 25 “planks,” please scroll down and add your endorsement.  Ask your organization to endorse too, listing its website here and announcing its public events. Then please visit this website frequently as a member of a worldwide community, sharing information, video discussions, and podcasts.

War and Weapons

Plank 1. All states owning or hosting nuclear weapons shall immediately de-alert them and commit to no-first-use.
Plank 2. All states, including those in NATO, shall sign, ratify, and within 10 years comply with the TPNW1Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Plank 3. All states shall reduce their militaries and not plan war for “national security.”
Plank 4. All states shall develop a UN Emergency Peace Service to protect civilians and respond to crises.
Plank 5. All states shall ratify and fully implement the Arms Trade Treaty.
Plank 6. UN Convention on CCW2The “Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons” is the body that can negotiate rules banning “killer robots.” and all states shall prohibit developing or deploying lethal autonomous weapons.

Global Warming

Plank 7. All states shall swiftly adopt maximally stringent efficiency standards for cars, trucks, ships, and aircraft.
Plank 8. The International Code Council3The International Code Council is an association with over 64,000 members. It develops model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Some countries use its standards instead of developing their own. About 40 percent of emissions come from existing buildings, which could be 80% more efficient. Currently, design is done with consideration for payback by cost from utility savings. However, higher carbon fuels cost less right now than renewable energy, so buildings are being built to use fossil fuels instead of lower carbon fuel sources. They are not designed to be ready to use renewable energy sources. shall adopt stringent performance-based building codes.
Plank 9. All states shall adopt norms and procedures for the production, recovery, and recycling of materials.
Plank 10. All states shall accelerate R&D of HVDC4Research and Development of High voltage direct current electric grids electric grids, energy storage, and Demand System Management.
Plank 11. All states shall incorporate environmental considerations in developing national dietary food guides.
Plank 12. All states shall negotiate to preserve and protect forests and enhance carbon sinks.

Famine

Plank 13. All states shall accelerate SDG5Sustainable Development Goals efforts to end poverty and enable all to obtain food and potable water.
Plank 14. All states shall support improvements of soil health for resilient food production and carbon sequestration.

Pandemics

Plank 15. WHO shall promote nations’ use of Incident Management System6“Incident Management System” is an approach to disaster management developed by firefighters. for early detection and response to pandemics.
Plank 16. UN shall adopt a ‘one health approach’ integrating veterinary and environmental science7Pandemics often result from contact between humans and animals, whereby a virus jumps from an animal to a person. This risk is increasing because people are cutting down forests and living closer to the animals they displace, and because global warming enables some animals and insects to move into formerly temperate zones. to mitigate pandemics.

Radiation Exposure

Plank 17. All states shall shift rapidly to effective generation of electricity by using renewable energy.*8This plank recognizes that phasing out all nuclear power plants, including subsidies and uranium mining, may be an outcome in the future.
Plank 18. All states shall prioritize the long-term control and safe storage of radioactive wastes, with public review.

Cyber Attacks

Plank 19. The UN shall declare cyberspace a peaceful commons and create a binding treaty for international cyber norms.
Plank 20. Manufacturers of ICT9Information and communications technology hardware and software shall be liable for negligent security failures that cause harm.

Enabling Measures

Plank 21. All states shall support SDGs; tax wealth and financial transactions; and redistribute funds equitably.10Actors: The April 2017 version of the Security & Sustainability Guide (SSG) identifies 52 finance organizations: G7 and G20, the Bretton Woods organizations (IMF, World Bank),the Belmont Forum (of funding agencies), Bloomberg New Energy Finance, World Economic Forum (Davos), Climate Bonds Initiative, European Investment Bank, OECD’s Financial Action Task Force, Global Innovation Fund, Green Climate Fund (UNFCCC), UN Financing for Development), Green Investment Bank (UK), and the UNEP Finance Initiative; and The Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures. Actions include: Tobin tax, universal financial transactions tax, convening World conference to design a global financial architecture, including agreement on taxing wealth and redistribution. Canada’s Just Transition Task Force is now getting underway.
Plank 22. All multilateral institutions shall heed the demands of international civil society alliances for justice.11Actors: World Social Forum, LEAP, Climate Action International, ecumenical and interfaith coalitions, CCIC, IUCN and other INGOs.
Plank 23. Sub-national governments and non-state actors shall exercise leadership in solving global problems.12The Bretton Woods organizations (IMF, World Bank),the Belmont Forum (of funding agencies), Bloomberg New Energy Finance, World Economic Forum (Davos), Climate Bonds Initiative, European Investment Bank, OECD’s Financial Action Task Force , Global Innovation Fund, Green Climate Fund (UNFCCC), UN Financing for Development), Green Investment Bank (UK), and the UNEP Finance Initiative; and The Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures. Actions: Use opportunities available around meetings and processes of organizations like G7, G20, UNFCCC, UNGA, ECOSOC, WTO, IMF, World Bank annual meetings, World Economic Forum, national governments. Actors: C40, ICLEI, World Parliament of Mayors, Mayors for Peace, UNFCCC, UN Habitat, UN Global Compact Cities Programme, and 100 Resilient Cities (a $100m initiative of the Rockefeller Foundation), Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Canadian Urban Institute, The Urban Renaissance Institute at the University of Toronto.
Plank 24. Investors and regulators shall compel all businesses to comply with the U.N. Global Compact.13Actors: Business-led Groups such as the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Ethical Groups such as the UN’s Global Compact, Broadened Accounting Groups seeking new and appropriate measures, Certifying Organizations, Green Investing Groups, Sustainability Consultants, and Green Business Publishing, OHCHR-Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, Stock Market disclosures; Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), G20, Trade Agreements, OECD, WEF.
Plank 25. Social movements and states shall prioritize Sustainable Common Security14Sustainable Common Security priorities are: to develop a common agenda that covers immediate threats, underlying causes and long-term consequences; to build bridges of understanding, support and solidarity in a movement of movements; to address shared global challenges; and, to counter the national security narrative of nuclear deterrence and further preparation for war, with steps toward a more effective peace system.
Actions might include: work for military transformation, economic conversion and progressive UN reform including a UN Emergency Peace Service, a UN Parliamentary Assembly, the strengthening of the International Criminal Court and support for equal participation of women in all UN processes and decision making to address shared global challenges
to address shared global challenges.

Fatal combinations

When dealing with a system, it can be easier to solve the whole combination of problems together than any one of them singly. That is true when one of the problems is causing most of the other problems. If you solve it, the others will be easy. So it’s important to prioritize—to choose which issues to work on and in which order. Afterward we may all keep specializing in solving a single small part of the problem, but we’ll understand how the parts fit together as a big picture. When you’re working on a jigsaw puzzle, it helps to see the picture on the box lid and get a notion as to where each piece may belong. So, this course is meant to be like a picture on the box of our huge puzzle called “How to save the world.” Read more here…

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THE PLATFORM FOR SURVIVAL
Toronto, Canada, 31 May 2018

The human population faces significant risks from at least six current sources: wars and weapons (especially nuclear); global warming; famine; pandemics, massive radiation exposure, and cyberattacks. They are so inter-dependent that none of them can be solved without addressing one or more of the others, yet there are known ways of reducing all these risks. Therefore, we demand that our public institutions adopt all of the following policies to protect humanity.

War and Weapons — Especially Nuclear

1. All states owning or hosting nuclear weapons shall immediately de-alert them and commit to no-first-use.
2. All states, including those in NATO, shall sign, ratify, and within 10 years comply with the TPNW.1Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
3. All states shall reduce their militaries and not plan war for “national security.”
4. All states shall develop a UN Emergency Peace Service to protect civilians and respond to crises.
5. All states shall ratify and fully implement the Arms Trade Treaty.
6. UN Convention on CCW and all states shall prohibit developing or deploying lethal autonomous weapons.2The “Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons” is the body that can negotiate rules banning “killer robots.”

Global Warming

7. All states shall swiftly adopt maximally stringent efficiency standards for cars, trucks, ships, and aircraft.
8. The International Code Council3The International Code Council is an association with over 64,000 members. It develops model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Some countries use its standards instead of developing their own. About 40 percent of emissions come from existing buildings, which could be 80% more efficient. Currently, design is done with consideration for payback by cost from utility savings. However, higher carbon fuels cost less right now than renewable energy, so buildings are being built to use fossil fuels instead of lower carbon fuel sources. They are not designed to be ready to use renewable energy sources. shall adopt stringent performance-based building codes.
9. All states shall adopt norms and procedures for the production, recovery, and recycling of materials.
10. All states shall accelerate R&D of HVDC4Research and Development of High voltage direct current electric grids electric grids, energy storage, and Demand System Management.
11. All states shall incorporate environmental considerations in developing national dietary food guides.
12. All states shall negotiate to preserve and protect forests and enhance carbon sinks.

Famine

13. All states shall accelerate SDG5Sustainable Development Goals efforts to end poverty and enable all to obtain food and potable water.
14. All states shall support improvements of soil health for resilient food production and carbon sequestration.

Pandemics

15. WHO shall promote nations’ use of Incident Management System6“Incident Management System” is an approach to disaster management developed by firefighters. for early detection and response to pandemics.
16. UN shall adopt a ‘one health approach’ integrating veterinary and environmental science7Pandemics often result from contact between humans and animals, whereby a virus jumps from an animal to a person. This risk is increasing because people are cutting down forests and living closer to the animals they displace, and because global warming enables some animals and insects to move into formerly temperate zones. to mitigate pandemics.

Radiation Exposure

17. All states shall shift rapidly to effective generation of electricity by using renewable energy.8This plank recognizes that phasing out all nuclear power plants, including subsidies and uranium mining, may be an outcome in the future.
18. All states shall prioritize the long-term control and safe storage of radioactive wastes, with public review.

Cyber Attacks

19. The UN shall declare cyberspace a peaceful commons and create a binding treaty for international cyber norms.
20. Manufacturers of ICT hardware and software shall be liable for negligent security failures that cause harm.

Enabling Measures

21. All states shall support <abbr=”Sustainable Development Goals”>SDGs; tax wealth and financial transactions; and redistribute funds equitably.9Actors: The April 2017 version of the Security & Sustainability Guide (SSG) identifies 52 finance organizations: G7 and G20, the Bretton Woods organizations (IMF, World Bank),the Belmont Forum (of funding agencies), Bloomberg New Energy Finance, World Economic Forum (Davos), Climate Bonds Initiative, European Investment Bank, OECD’s Financial Action Task Force, Global Innovation Fund, Green Climate Fund (UNFCCC), UN Financing for Development), Green Investment Bank (UK), and the UNEP Finance Initiative; and The Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures. Actions include: Tobin tax, universal financial transactions tax, convening World conference to design a global financial architecture, including agreement on taxing wealth and redistribution. Canada’s Just Transition Task Force is now getting underway.
22. All multilateral institutions shall heed the demands of international civil society alliances for justice.10Actors: World Social Forum, LEAP, Climate Action International, ecumenical and interfaith coalitions, CCIC, IUCN and other INGOs.
23. Sub-national governments and non-state actors shall exercise leadership in solving global problems.11The Bretton Woods organizations (IMF, World Bank),the Belmont Forum (of funding agencies), Bloomberg New Energy Finance, World Economic Forum (Davos), Climate Bonds Initiative, European Investment Bank, OECD’s Financial Action Task Force , Global Innovation Fund, Green Climate Fund (UNFCCC), UN Financing for Development), Green Investment Bank (UK), and the UNEP Finance Initiative; and The Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures. Actions: Use opportunities available around meetings and processes of organizations like G7, G20, UNFCCC, UNGA, ECOSOC, WTO, IMF, World Bank annual meetings, World Economic Forum, national governments. Actors: C40, ICLEI, World Parliament of Mayors, Mayors for Peace, UNFCCC, UN Habitat, UN Global Compact Cities Programme, and 100 Resilient Cities (a $100m initiative of the Rockefeller Foundation), Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Canadian Urban Institute, The Urban Renaissance Institute at the University of Toronto.
24. Investors and regulators shall compel all businesses to comply with the U.N. Global Compact.12Actors: Business-led Groups such as the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Ethical Groups such as the UN’s Global Compact, Broadened Accounting Groups seeking new and appropriate measures, Certifying Organizations, Green Investing Groups, Sustainability Consultants, and Green Business Publishing, OHCHR-Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, Stock Market disclosures; Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), G20, Trade Agreements, OECD, WEF.
25. Social movements and states shall prioritize Sustainable Common Security13Sustainable Common Security priorities are: to develop a common agenda that covers immediate threats, underlying causes and long-term consequences; to build bridges of understanding, support and solidarity in a movement of movements; to address shared global challenges; and, to counter the national security narrative of nuclear deterrence and further preparation for war, with steps toward a more effective peace system.
Actions might include: work for military transformation, economic conversion and progressive UN reform including a UN Emergency Peace Service, a UN Parliamentary Assembly, the strengthening of the International Criminal Court and support for equal participation of women in all UN processes and decision making to address shared global challenges
to address shared global challenges.

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Signatories

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M.Jamil Raza
Subir Guin
Richard Paul
Ive Velikova
Parween Irani
Betty-Jane Antanavicius
Metta Spencer
Robin Collins
Dr. Richard Denton
Sylvie Lemieux
Georgina Bourke
Joanna Santa Barbara
Scott Prosser
Ken Simons
Lester Kurtz
Ronald St. John
Laval Martin
Liz Couture
David Langille
Anthony S Arrott
Peter Jones
Abraham Weizfeld
Jan Slakov
Eryl Court (2018†)
Paul McArthur
Earl Turcotte
Janet Nicol
Anna Jane McIntyre
Adam Wynne
Marianne Larsen
Vinay Jindal
Peter Meincke
Murat Guvenc
Jason McCartney
Lloyd Helferty
Barbara Birkett
Walter Dorn
Pieter Basedow
Farrah Mughal
Kathrin Winkler
Mary Groh
Sylvia Grady
Dr. Dwyer Sullivan
Maria Esmeralda Castelló
Gordon Doctorow
Jim Houston
Mange Ram Adhana
Colin Oakley
John Feffer
Robert Howes
Ronald Shìrtliff
Erick Bittschwam
Michel Duguay
Chrispine okumu
Captain Phil Stone
Toby Stewart
Marc Canals
Claire Adamson
Greg Duval
Victor Okechukwu Chimezie
Dick Moore

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