Pax Christi EW promotes the work of The Global Days of Action on Military Spending:
GDAMS 2023 ~ 13 April to 9 May
Each year the Global Campaign On Military Spending works ‘to raise awareness and change government policy and practice on military spending’.
GCOMS asserts, “This year of war in Ukraine has meant a huge boost for militarism and military budgets across the world, especially in countries of the Global North. But at GCOMS we believe the response should be quite the opposite: we should drastically reduce military spending and invest in common & human security instead”.
Do take a look at its website for up-to-date statistics and action ideas.
Useful dates include:
April 22: Earth Day
April 24: GDAMS press conferences and social media storm on the occasion of SIPRI’s release of new data on military spending
May 9: Europe’s Day of Peace · Actions against the militarization of the EU
Pope Francis, Easter message 2021: “social and economic crisis remains severe, especially for the poor. Nonetheless – and this is scandalous – armed conflicts have not ended and military arsenals are being strengthened. That is today’s scandal.” In the midst of the Pandemic we have seen
- A £24 billion increase in the UK military budget
- Nuclear weapons cap increased by 44%
- Aid to the world’s poorest cut by 30%
Global Days of Action on Military Spending 10 April – 9 May 2021
Pax Christi has been an active member of the Global Days of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) since 2011. The days coincide with the release of the SIPRI figures on world wide military spending.
Join with others around the country to mark these days. Make the connection between the crises of the pandemic and the climate emergency and the way militarism exacerbates both, squandering vital public resources and undermining essential international cooperation.
Dates for actions and sharing the message
26 April – Share SIPRI figures on Global Military Spending, join the Twitterstorm
- 1 May – International workers’ day and the second anniversary of UK declaring a climate emergency.
Useful resources for use any time
– Watch the GDAMS video UK Military Spending Briefing, March 2021
– Use one off the powerful Social Media images to make your own poster or share on FB, twitter or emails.
– Sign / share one or two of these petitions
– Write to your MP to protest about the vast military spending, including the recent proposed increase in nuclear warhead and suggest what you would prefer your money to be spent on.
– Watch Give Peace a Budget, film made by Pax Christi in 2013 but still relevant today
– Read and share Prof Paul Rogers article on the March 2021 Defence Review
– Use this collection of online resources for schools to explore military spending