Remembrance Day 2019: Toward a More Peaceful and Sustainable World

This post was adapted from a posting on Good Work, Canada’s Green Jobs board. Original here.

Peace, Nonviolence & Conflict Resolution
Work for peace and sustainability!

If we love our kids, we must strive for peace. Peace is not just the absence of conflict. If =we simply try to avoid aggression, or worse still “fight fire with fire”, it can come back bigger than before. Rather, peace takes learning, speaking out, working together.

In the age of climate disruption, floods, droughts and food shortages, violence could overtake us, if we let it. Can we learn how to effectively resolve conflict, deal with violence and aggression? Will we rise to the challenge, for our children’s sake?

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Rather than blaming others, can we change our own attitude?

What you can do

Peace does not mean inaction, simply avoiding conflict. Let’s work together to build peace

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Maybe you’ve seen this popular image from Tom Gauld before?

in our homes, our communities, our world…

  • Propaganda & fake news — Immunize yourself as best you can. Not unlike some of the worst dictators in history, today’s corporations and governments don’t hesitate using propaganda to manipulate us. Learn to see through it — immunize yourself. Guardian | Wikipedia (more) | Google | Critical thinking (more) | Information literacy (more)
  • Conflict resolution — Brush up on your conflict resolution skills. Peace starts at home, at your workplace, in your community. Google | Wikipedia (more) | Peacemaking | Peacebuilding | Peace | Search for courses near you.
  • Nonviolence — Peace is not just the absence of war. We need to use the power we have, but in peaceful ways. Learn and practice nonviolence.
  • Live frugally and sustainably — Don’t fall for fairytales of greed, craving, endless economic growth. Sustainable living (moreSimple living
  • Peace Groups — It’s hard to work for peace alone. Join and participate in peace groups and organizations, listed in the next section. Your membership and support is vital.
  • Peace & Conflict Studies — Want to dig deeper? Go back to school for Peace & Conflict Studies. Part-time or full-time. It probably won’t make you a million, but it may just save the world. Peace studies programmes in Canada
  • More: Top ten things you can do to promote peace: Google search
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War or civilization? Which one will it be?

Peace Groups & Organizations in Canada

Don’t want to repeat the horrors of wars, past and present? Please join and support the peace groups and organizations of your choosing:

  • Veterans for Peace “Exposing the true costs of militarism and war, since 1985” (USA) — VeteransforPeace.org

Thoughts? Comments? Other actions? Please share in the comments section below!

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