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The conference will examine the theme of militarism and the environment. The morning sessions concentrate on how war and preparation for war accelerate climate change. In
the afternoon, the focus is on the abolition of war, drawing on past initiatives. “The elephant in the kitchen when it comes to Climate Change is clearly the world’s military. The world spends something like 2 trillion US dollars a year on its military. At
least half of that vast sum goes on military production with a massive CO2 output. The military are both a major cause of climate change and hence, of the conflicts which result
from the movement of peoples as deserts spread.” Bruce Kent, President of MAW, Vice President of CND
“If we’re going to win on climate we have to make sure we are counting carbon
completely, not exempting different things like military emissions because it is politically
inconvenient to count them. The atmosphere certainly counts the carbon from the
military, therefore we must as well.” Stephen Kretzmann, Director, Oil Change
“…if the emissions have to stop, then we must stop the emissions. To me that is black or
white. There are no grey areas when it comes to survival. Either we go on as a
civilization or we don’t. We have to change.” Greta Thunberg, Climate activist
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DSEI (Defence & Security Equipment International) is one of the world’s largest arms fairs. It takes place in London’s Docklands every two years. It is due to return in September 2019.
Pax Christi and other faith based organisations will be present on the No Faith in War day – Tuesday 3rd September
More details to follow. Come to the next planning meeting to help us shape the day.