The challenges facing humanity in the 21st Century, on a backdrop of rapid technological change and environmental collapse, are more daunting than at any time in human history. Civilization itself is under threat. Solutions to these challenges sought through military action or violence only compound the suffering and injustice in the world.
We are deeply concerned about Canada’s increasing military spending, while in comparison only a small fraction is spent on the climate crisis.
A more equitable international order is not possible without building on a foundation of social justice, human dignity, and non-discrimination for sustainable economic and social development. This requires genuine public consultation by the governments and agencies concerned, with due regard given to the plight of marginalized groups, who should not be negatively impacted as a result of agreements that benefit only a few.
It is only through genuine effort at a wider understanding of the problems that drive peoples and individuals, especially the young, to disenfranchisement, despair, and violence that we can build a more peaceful world.
- Support and promote the goal of global disarmament and the delegitimization of war, including international treaties that have this goal.
- Advocate for peaceful resolution to conflicts and reduce divisive tribalism in the spirit of “the inherent worth and dignity of every person.”
- Work towards “the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all” by supporting initiatives building that world community through mutual understanding and respect.
- Support peace partners and coalitions, including the United Nations, on disarmament and peace.