Saturday 29th June 2019. 9:30 to 17:00
Mander Hall, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD
The conference will examine the theme of militarism and the environment; in particular how military activities contribute to climate change, and how climate change causes conflict.
The speakers are:
- Molly Scott Cato (Green MEP for the South West of England and Gibraltar)
- Dr Peter van den Dungen (International Network of Museums for Peace) and
- Dr Stuart Parkinson (Scientists for Global Responsibility).
2019 is a momentous year – 120th anniversary of the First Hague Peace Conference (1899) and the 20th anniversary of the Hague Appeal for Peace (HAP, 1999) – which gave birth to MAW. But it is also 50 years since the Apollo 11 moon landing of 1969. When the astronauts looked back home, their comments highlighted the beauty and fragility of planet earth – our common home. How petty and stupid humankind’s divisions on earth, wreaking destruction and involving mass slaughter, appeared from a distance.
With our knowledge of climate change, the vulnerability of ‘spaceship earth’, and the essential unity of all its inhabitants, has only become more obvious. And yet the means of destruction are proliferating and precious resources are squandered in preparing and waging ever more destructive wars.
What is the significance of the moon landing for world peace? A dream as old as humanity, and which for a long time was held to be beyond its grasp, was realised when people started believing it could be done and made a determined effort to make it happen. Is the abolition of war, another old and cherished dream, beyond our reach?
The winners of MAW’s essay competition, “Walking on the moon, still warring on earth”‘ will be presented with their prizes.
More information about the competiton
Conference attendees may be interested in this invitation to join Kristýna Chyňavová from the PragueVision Institute for Sustainable Security and Move the Nuclear Weapons Money for an informal consultation about the Count the Nuclear Weapons Money action and Bertha von Suttner commemorations.
The Euston Flyer, Saturday June 29. 5:30-7:30pm
More information about the consultation