This post was adapted from a posting on Good Work, Canada’s Green Jobs board. Original here.
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?
What you can do
Peace does not mean inaction, simply avoiding conflict. Let’s work together to build peace
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 (more) Simple 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
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:
- Peace Magazine — Peacemagazine.org
- Physicians for Global Survival — Pgs.ca
- Project Ploughshares — Ploughshares.ca
- Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade — Coat.ncf.ca
- Voice of Women for Peace — Vowpeace.org
- Canadian Peace Congress — CanadianPeaceCongress.ca
- Canadian Peace Initiative — CanadianPeaceInitiative.ca
- Nowar-Paix — Nowar-paix.ca
- More: Peace organizations based in Canada | Wikipedia category: Peace | Google Search | Curlie.org
- Peace and Conflict Studies — Canada | University of Waterloo | University of Manitoba | Google | Wikipedia | Canadian Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies
- 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!