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:

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? this).

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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.

Global Projects

Welcome to Global Projects!

Saving the world involves solving a lot of different problems at the same time —
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Global Town Halls

On the last Sunday of every month, we host one-hour conversation via Zoom videoconference about our various projects (unless there is a major holiday or some other good reason). From 2:00–4:00 pm Eastern Time (in Toronto) you are invited to sit at your webcam wherever you are in the world and follow these instructions:

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Video conference URL: https://zoom.us/j/9108970203
Meeting ID: 9108970203

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Episode 227: Yemen and its Neighbors (video link)


Paul Maillet and Akbar Manoussi discuss the political conflicts among Middle Eastern countries, plus China and the US, and how these dynamics have created war, famine and disease in Yemen. You can watch this series (or listen to them as audio podcasts) on our website, then comment here: https://tosavetheworld.ca/videos/#comments. If someone replies, we will notify you.
 

Episode 226: The Internationalization of Russian Higher Education (video link)


Leon Kosals is a sociology professor in both Russia and Canada, so he can compare the views of students in both countries. He tells Metta that Russian universities are becoming international (he teaches some of his courses in English) while the press and Russian public opinion is more hostile to the West and more conservative in societal values.
 

Episode 225: A Course on Nuclear Weapons (video link)


Glen Anderson and Joanne Dufour teach a free course on nuclear weapons near Olympia, Washington. They tell Metta about their activism.
 

Episode 224: Sovereignty, Arbitration, Taiwan 1 (video link)


Charles Burton, Sen. Marilou McPhedran, James Ranney, Peter Russell, and Doug Saunders discuss the need for effective measures to compel all states to accept humane norms of conduct. The dispute between China and Taiwan is a current example; the Taiwanese government is legitimate, but many countries will not take a stand against powerful China. We also discuss the problem of “libel chill,” that inhibits honest journalism, even in Canada.
 

Episode 223: Nuclear Weapon Free Mongolia (video link)


Ambassador Enkhsaikhan is a Mongolian who has represented his country in many posts around the world since the 1970s. He was highly instrumental in the negotiations for his country to become the world’s first single nuclear weapon free STATE– as contrasted to “zone.” Even now, France will not recognize a single country, rather than a regional group of countries. as such. He explains to Metta how this remarkable development occurred. Now Enkhsaikhan is the leader of an organization called “Blue Banner” that is working to create a NWFZ in the far east.
 

Episode 222: BWXT’s Uranium Secrets (video link)


Zach Ruiter and Adam Wynne are concerned about the extent of radioactive contamination around two plants that process uranium–one in Toronto, the other in Peterborough. They discuss the effects of alpha radiation on human cells when ingested or inhaled, and the difficulty of measuring alpha emissions. The company should have consulted the neighbourhood, but their notifications mainly obscure the level of risk.
 

Episode 221: What’s to be Done About Israel? (video link)


Abraham Weizfeld’s mother taught him to be a “Bundist” Jewish Canadian, and he retains that anti-Zionist orientation. He usually spends half each year in Palestine, and explains to Metta some of the ancient background accounting for present-day politics in Israel and Palestine.
 

Episode 220: What it Takes to Stop Global Warming (video link)


William Fletcher presents a concise list of interventions that need to be made to stop global warming. Then he and Metta argue about the relative importance of some (notably afforestation) and whether to think of global problems sequentially or as a single system, to be addressed by similar reforms.
 

Episode 219: Diplomacy and Gender (video link)


Corey Levine works with UN Women in Kabul; Paul Meyer is a retired Canadian diplomat; Tariq Rauf is an expert on nuclear weapons; and both Elizabeth Renzetti and Doug Saunders are Globe and Mail columnists. The guests agree that negotiations are more effective when women are at the table, but Corey laments the ephemeral nature of gender equalization in Afghanistan and doubts that most democratization efforts have worked. Rauf and Meyer discuss the problems posed by UK’s new plans for nuclear weapons expansion and the effect on Covid on plans for the Non-proliferation Review Conference.
You can watch this series (or listen to them as audio podcasts) on our website, then post on its comments column, https://tosavetheworld.ca/videos/#comments. If someone replies, we will notify you.
 

Episode 218: Land Mines Today (video link)


Yeshua Moser-Puangsuwan works for Mines Action Canada. He recounts to Metta the way Canada led the creation of the treaty banning thse weapons and how the process of removing mines works.
 

Episode 217: Chernobyl (video link)


Kate Brown studied the health effects of the fallout from the Chernobyl disaster. The official reports almost always underestimated the morbidity and mortality rates, but records do still exist, under-examined, in the files of Russia and Belarus. Ukraine estimated that about 100,000 people died there, though it received only 20 percent of the fallout. The IAEA won a contest with WHO as to which organization would keep the health records, but one must be skeptical about the numerical reports from the organization that does the research for IAEA.
 

Episode 216: A Catholic Peace Studies Major (video link)


Christopher Hrynkow is a professor of peace studies at St. Thomas More College, a Catholic college in the University of Saskatchewan. He and Metta discuss the impact of official Catholic doctrines (especially papal encyclicals) on public opinion. Will Pope Francis’s rejection of the theory of nuclear deterrence have much effect on political decisions around the world? We agree that many academic scholars should be more involved with community issues.
 

Episode 215: The World in March 2021 (video link)


At this global town hall we talk first about carbon taxation, which the Supreme Court of Canada has just approved, then about regenerative agriculture, including a discussion of the health effects of eating meat and raising animals as food, and finally about the plight of refugees trying to enter Europe, but often held for years in camps with inadequate living conditions and frequent violence. There was a discussion about how to train people to provide therapy by Zoom to them and other survivors of violent conflict.
 

Episode 214: UK’s Nuclear Arsenal (video link)


The British government has announced higher limits on nuclear weapons, with plans for weapons on the Trident submarines. This news will weaken the already vulnerable next review conference of the Non-Proliferation Treaty. and violates existing agreements.

Episode 213: Why We Need a Carbon Fee (video link)


A tax is money collected to pay for running the government. What we need is a carbon “fee”- the charge for cleaning up the carbon messes that we make. Craig Smith explains why, and how it is a better approach than “cap and trade.” The challenge is to educate the public so they understand this need and support it politically. You can watch this series (or listen to them as audio podcasts) on our website, then reply here: https://tosavetheworld.ca/videos/#comments.
 

Episode 212: Financing Development (video link)


How do developing countries acquire the funds for the SDGs? Culpeper and Griffith-Jones discuss such topics as development banks, Tobin taxes, and, blended financing, and regulation. Most of the money is collected within each separate country.
 

Episode 211: Studying Nuclear Risks (video link)


Professor Ramana is a physicist who studies the public policies controlling nuclear technology — both energy and weapons, which he sees as inextricably connected. We talk about the arsenals of India, Pakistan, China, and the risks of reprocessing wastes from power plants.
 

Episode 210: The Physiology of Love and Isolation (video link)


The pandemic has thrown millions into bad moods–and a mood is a biological event. Jonathan Down tells Metta about recent research on the hormones affecting our emotions and health, and the epigenetic consequences of our personal contacts, including physical touch.
 

Episode 209: Nonviolence in Myanmar (video link)


Robert Helvey was a US army colonel who turned to strategic nonviolent resistance after meeting Gene Sharp. Here he recounts to Metta some of his efforts to teach that approach to the ethnic warriors in Burma. Then they discuss the current crisis in Myanmar.
 

Episode 208: Economic Innovations (video link)


Derek Paul and Metta discuss such possible economic reforms as public banks, the Tobin tax, benefit corporations, universal basic income, guaranteed employment, taxing wealth, trade sanctions, capturing taxes that are evaded by firms that fraudulently incorporate offshore, and other ways by which groups of countries can enforce the changes needed to reduce climate change.
 

Episode 207: Forgiveness (video link)


Novelist Joy Kogawa and Metta disagree about the conditions under which it is wise to forgive others for their transgressions. As a devout Christian, Joy believes that we should always be unconditionally forgiving, as Christ was on the cross when he forgave the people killing him. Metta argues that it is socially necessary, hence morally obligatory, to uphold standards of behavior and forgive only those who show remorse for their serious misdeeds.
 

Episode 206: Marshalls, Fukushima, Berkeley (video link)


Adam Horowitz made a film about the health effects of the US nuclear weapons tests on the Marshallese Islanders. He showed evidence that the US had deliberately exposed them to heavy doses of radiation and monitored their conditions for thirty years. He and Metta discuss these and similar war crimes, perpetrated by most nuclear weapons states, often on indigenous populations. There are similar dangers to global health now, resulting from Japan’s release of large quantities of water into the ocean from the Fukushima plant disaster. What can we do to expose these crimes and protect human health?
 

Episode 205: Ambassador Bob Rae on Human Rights (video link)


Bob Rae is Canada’s Ambassador to the UN. Here he answers questions about how Canada and other countries are collaborating to defend difficult human rights abuses abroad. Charles Burton discusses with him the plight of the Uyghurs in China; Paul Copeland discusses the Rohingyas and the Burmese coup; and Calixto Avila discusses Venezuela.
 

Episode 204: Religion and Peace (video link)


The three panelists are all active in their faith communities and in peace activism. Sister Mary-Ellen Francoeur, Karen Hamilton, and David Millar agree that their work involve a willingness to be open in the heart and to recognize others as “created in the image of God”–though it can be hard to stay alert to this possibility in relations with others. You can watch this series (or listen to them as audio podcasts) on our website, then reply on this comments column: https://tosavetheworld.ca/videos/#comments.

Episode 203: Can Renewables Power the World? (video link)


William Fletcher tells Metta that his research with Craig Smith shows exactly what Bill Gates is also saying: that it is technologically feasible to power the world with renewable sources of energy in time to reach “net zero” greenhouse gas emissions by a date that can allow humankind to continue functioning on the planet. Whether we do so it another matter, though. So far, we are not moving quickly enough to make that goal attainable.
 

Episode 202: COVID Work (video link)


Jon Cohen, a staff writer for Science Magazine, discusses with Dr. Ronald St. John and Metta the inequitable access to Covid vaccine and the prospect that there will be a surplus of it in the US soon, though no plans exist yet for donating the excess to COVAX. Canada unwisely shut down its GPHIN program, which Dr. St. John had managed, but there are other global early warning systems functioning through WHO.
 

Episode 201: The World in February 2021 (video link)


This time there was a lot of discussion about divesting from military expenditures and even withholding taxes for weapons and warfare, as Conscience Canada does. Alyn Ware told us about the campaigns he is working on, which both seek to cut off funding war and global warming too. We also discussed the controversy as to whether Canada can remain in NATO and also sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. You can watch this series (or listen to them as audio podcasts), then discuss them on our comments column: https://tosavetheworld.ca/videos/#comments.
 

Episode 200: Security in the Caucasus (video link)


Arzu Abdulleyeva and Ahmad Alili in Baku, Azerbaijan speak with Shorena Lortkipanidze and Mikheil Mirziashvili in Tbilisi, Georgia about the relations among the countries of the Caucasus and their large neighbours, Russia, Turkey, and Iran. They share a desire to bring the Caucasus closer to Europe, but have not yet fully considered what kind of coalition will advance that cause.

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War and Weapons A C

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 TPNW1Treaty 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 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 A C

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 A C

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 A C

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.

Radioactive Contamination A C

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 Risks A C

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

Enabling Measures A C

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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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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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
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