An international coalition of individuals and organizations is converging on Ottawa for #NoWar2020 to say No to CANSEC, Canada’s biggest annual weapons expo. #CancelCANSEC
World BEYOND War is a global, grassroots network of volunteers, activists, and allied organizations advocating for the end to all war, and its replacement with a just and sustainable peace. We expose the myths of war, and illuminate the proven nonviolent, peaceful alternatives that can bring us authentic security.
It is a fact that wars kill, maim, traumatize, and displace millions of innocent civilians. It is a fact that war and preparations for war make us less safe by fueling hatred, resentment, and blowback from victimized peoples. It is a fact that militarism is one of the biggest polluters on the planet, with the U.S. military topping the charts as the largest institutional consumer of oil and largest landholder in the world. Just 3% of U.S. annual military spending, or 1.5% of global spending, could end starvation on earth.
It is also true that nonviolent resistance is twice as successful as armed resistance. That a dollar spent on education and health care produces more jobs than the same dollar spent in the war industry. And that demilitarization is underway, as 25 countries have already disbanded their militaries altogether.
We’re calling for divestment, disarmament, and demilitarization – the redirection of resources to human and environmental needs and the decolonization of our cultures as we convert to a peaceful, green, & just future.