September 19th, 2020 | 11:00 am – 17:00 pm |
De Markten, Oude Graanmarkt 5, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Since the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 75 years ago we have lived under the threat of nuclear annihilation. This omnicidal power and the outrageous amount of resources spent on it is unacceptable, especially at a time where climate change is challenging our survival. The COVID-19 pandemic and the recession which will follow, teach lessons we must embrace to overcome the existential threats of the 21st century: nuclear war and global warming.
The world is at a crossroads and Europe has to make a strategic choice: remain part of the arms race or demonstrate global leadership by promoting a peaceful approach towards common global security.
We, a group of organisations willing to free Europe from the threat of nuclear weapons, invite you to come and discuss how best we can join our forces to raise awareness and promote solutions such as the implementation of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear weapons, the end of the «nuclear sharing» and of the upgrading of nuclear weapons in Europe, and the reduction of military spending to subsidize social and environmental needs.
Last year, on September 14th, a group of organisations – IPB, Pax Christi, ITUC, Bertrand Russel Foundation, IPPNW, and INES organised a meeting in Brussels “Nuclear security in Europe after the collapse of the INF Treaty”. Many other groups from 15 countries participated and the concerns about the raising nuclear threats in Europe are widely shared from different perspectives: the humanitarian and environmental threats, the geopolitical confrontations, the outrageous waist of means in times of social and sanitarian crisis, the ethical and philosophical concerns.
We decided to join our efforts to raise awareness among our fellow citizens and change Europe policies on nuclear weapons along 3 demands.
We call on European governments to
- End the modernization of all nuclear weapons.
- End nuclear sharing.
- Sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).
We have organised a working group that issued an Appeal for the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings and a petition that you can find following this link: https://www.nukefreeeurope.eu
Now, it is time to broaden our efforts, involve other groups, and refine the campaigning strategy for 2021!
SCIENCE, PROFIT AND ENDLESS WARS
Here is the link to the video from yesterday’s event. There were more than 50 people, mostly MIT students. We were thrilled.
SCIENCE, PROFIT AND ENDLESS WARS
Tuesdays: January 7, 14 and 21
MIT Room 2-105
Dear friends and colleagues I’m writing to let you know about Scientists for Global Responsibility’s latest in-depth report – which I’ve attached as a pdf. It’s called: ‘Irresponsible Science? How the fossil fuel and arms industries finance professional engineering and science organisations’ SGR_IrresponsibleScience.pdf The report was published earlier this month and received coverage in, for example, ‘The Sunday Times’.* It reveals an extensive pattern of financial links between the arms and fossil fuel industries on the one hand, and some … Continue reading →
INES launched on August 9th, 2019 a Statement on the 74th Anniversary of Dropping the Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima and NagasakiContinue reading →
A little over two weeks ago, India successfully test-fired an interceptor rocket that shot down a live satellite. In a surprise television address, India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, then triumphantly declared that India was now the fourth country to acquire the ability to shoot down satellites, after the United States, Russia, and China. The test’s success clearly demonstrates the advancement of India’s military capabilities in outer space. But how much of an advancement is it, in reality? In terms of … Continue reading →
New link for live streaming: https://vimeo.com/330390923 PASSWORD IS: spacewar
Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 7:00
MIT, Bldg 56, room 114, Enter thru Bldg 66 at 25 Ames St. (Kendall Square T stop)
Seit Wochen demonstrieren und streiken weltweit hunderttausende junger Menschen für ihre Zukunft, den Klimaschutz und den Erhalt unserer natürlichen Lebensgrundlagen. Dieses Anliegen der Initiative Fridays for Future unterstützen inzwischen mehr als 23.000 WissenschaftlerInnen aus Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz. In der Stellungnahme von Scientists for Future erklären sie: „Nur wenn wir rasch und konsequent handeln, können wir die Erderwärmung begrenzen, das Massenaussterben von Tier- und Pflanzenarten aufhalten, die natürlichen Lebensgrundlagen bewahren und eine lebenswerte Zukunft für derzeit lebende und kommende Generationen gewinnen.“
Weiterlesen auf: http://natwiss.de/abruestung-fuer-klimaschutz/
A 1 day conference held at London Birkbeck University, Saturday 10 November 2018 by Dave Webb This was a timely and important conference which followed closely media reports on the ways in which technology may change the nature of the way in which war will be fought in the future. For example, the Independent (https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/future-war-robot-soldiers-enhanced-humans-space-gene-editing-ministry-of-defence-a8583621.html) reported on a Ministry of Defence report predicted that robot soldiers and ‘enhanced’ humans will fight future wars, and technological advances will see new frontiers … Continue reading →
Brian Conway | April 30, 2018
As you know the European Commission in 2017 took the unprecedented step by proposing a European military research programme of 40 billion euros for the next ten years. The establishment of a EU military research programme points towards an unprecedented acceleration in the militarisation of the EU and will divert funds from other research areas. These steps will not increase peace and security. On the contrary, they will only worsen global tensions. In the meantime, scientific research which might actually … Continue reading →