#36 Four Notable Events (July 2014)
Four happenings from four different groups are a small put powerful sample of the efforts now under way--on all continents and carried forward by people of all races, creeds, and nationalities--to speed us to the rapidly approaching moment when a global movement to end war reaches critical mass.
This quote of Victor Hugo speaks of an "idea whose time has come." The NASA photo--Earthrise--speaks to the now global understanding that we are one species and we share one home in the cosmos.
And one idea whose "time has come" is that our species now has the knowledge and ability to end war, if we have the will to do so.
This newsletter provides links to the following noteworthy happenings, all of them described in some detail. You may wish to engage with them, attend them, and spread the "good news" that they symbolize: that efforts to end war are well under way.
Happening now: a crowd-funding Indigogo effort by the coalescing group World Beyond War.
Happening 21 September 2014: a global climate march sponsored by 350.Org and many others at the United Nations. One goal is to make clear the link between the waste and destruction of wars and the urgent needs the global community has for resources to meet the mind-blowing and potentially existential challenges we now face as the global climate shifts.
Happening April 27-29, 2015: a global conference in the Hague sponsored by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and the Nobel Women's Initiative (NWI) during which women from all corners of the globe will lay out a Manifesto addressing their move to end war.
Happening now and culminating in October 2015: a 16 month Global Campaign on Women, Peace, and Security. Called Women. Seriously! it aims to create a broad-based movement that believes that input and leadership from women is indispensable to peace.
World Beyond War IndiGoGo Funding Campaign
Here is a great cause where your donation, however small, can have a huge impact on the cause of ending war. Yes, actually ending ALL war!
World opinion has shifted against war. It's essential that we 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 harms rather than benefits.
World Beyond War
is a global nonviolent movement to end war and establish a just and sustainable peace. And a first task of the movement is to spread the good news that ending war is possible and that we can build a global peace system that ensures an end to the slaughter.
Such an awareness campaign must be funded. For example, billboards and ads around the world can bring together those ready to work for this transformative, history-altering effort. So this fundraising and advertising campaign is step one to launch this campaign.
Visit the campaign's fundraising webpage. View the video explaining in detail the objective of the awareness and outreach effort that will be undertaken with the money raised.
Check out this YouTube Video, the powerful Eric Colville song "The End of War." It's one example of what World Beyond War can use the money raised to make widely available via many media outlets.
Also check out the World Beyond War extensive website
for information, resources, and news.
People's Climate March - 21 Sept 2014
This march is described by its planners as "YOUR INVITATION TO CHANGE EVERYTHING". Heads of state from around the world are going to New York City in September for an historic summit on climate change. Global media will be in force. March organizers' intention is to create an unprecedented climate mobilization - in size, beauty, and impact. The intention is to demand a world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet.
Climate change and war are inextricably linked, twins joined at the hip. People concerned with one cannot ignore the other because climate change will either unite us in common cause....or put us with weapons at each others throats into the indefinite future.
We can waste money on war, or use that money to deal with disappearing shorelines and acidifying oceans. We can have our best and brightest minds inventing and building new weapons of war and using them in mortal combat and destruction, or have those minds focused laser-like on creative ways to counter the climate change monster we have created and are continuing to feed.
Massive climate changes are now predicted to grow powerful in ways we cannot predict. They will do things to us that threaten even more wars because within climate change lies the seeds of conflict and violence in at least three ways:
Watch the Climate March video - which clearly links climate change to issues of war and justice.
A sign-up page has a countdown clock, links to resources, how to get there and more.
You can read the invitation and a link to the list of the many sponsors, including Bill McKibbin's 350.ORG (as of mid-July there were over 400 sponsors), lists of events leading up to the march and the march itself. For example, there will be monthly events around the country, and a large conference on the Friday evening and Saturday before the march on Sunday.
An article by 350.Org founder Bill McKibben, appeared in the June 5th, 2014 issue of Rolling Stone. Here is how the last line of the invitation reads: "We want this moment to be about us - the people who are standing up in our communities, to organize, to build power, and to shift power to a just, safe, peaceful world."
It always seems impossible, until it is done.
A Good Book
War, Peace, and Human Nature: The Convergence of Evolutionary and Cultural Views.
Edited by Douglas P. Fry. 2013.
An important work. The latest word in how human nature relates to war. From the perspective of AFWW, it does have a serious weakness in that it overlooks the relationship of women to war and the necessary role of women in ending war.
A Good Video
The Evolution of a Global Peace System.
A video based on historian Kent Shifferd's book From War to Peace and produced by the War Prevention Initiative of the Jubitz Family Foundation. It outlines over 20 historical events and trends that are part of the progress we have already made toward a global peace system and the emergence of a global spirit that is reaching out for peace.
A Future Without War
Believe in it.
Work for it.
And we will achieve it.
These three quick links are to Dr. Hand's core articles on paradigm shift:
To Abolish War
Shaping the Future
Paradigm Shift: Swift and Enduring
How Long Ending War Would Take
Why Women Are the Key to Security
The Nine Cornerstones
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