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Join the Hibakusha Appeal for a Nuclear Ban Treaty

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in General News

  Join the Hibakusha Appeal for a Nuclear Ban Treaty “So that the people from future generations will not have to experience hell on earth, we want to realize a world free of nuclear weapons while we are still alive.”   71 years have passed since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This is the call of the survivors, known as Hibakusha.   Although their average age is now more than 80 years old, the Hibakusha have launched a signature campaign calling for an international treaty to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons, in the hope that none will ever have to suffer as they have. They plan to...

Make Muskrat Right

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in General News, VOW Statements & Endorsements

          Canadian Voice of Women for Peace adds our name to the letter. Dear Commissioner Hussein, We write to you today to express the urgent need for the United Nations to intervene in the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric dam project located in Labrador, Canada. The parties directly involved in this damming process – Nalcor, and the Newfoundland and Labrador and Canadian governments – are committing actions that violate basic human rights, provisions of free, prior, and informed consent in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as well as the protocols and natural laws of Indigenous nations. These actions will place the Innu,...

AN EXCEPTIONAL PEACE CONFERENCE       

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Blogs, General News

  by Hannah Hadikin, VOW Board director       When some two dozen peace activists come together, it is no surprise that the energy in the room is something to behold.  Such was the case at the Mission Creek Folk School in Kelowna recently.  This idyllic setting was the venue for the recent BC Southern Interior Peace Coalition Conference (BCSIPC).  The Kelowna Peace Group folks were superbly gracious in hosting the event.  Aside from the splendid coffee which was supplied by a member who spends substantial amount of his time assisting Guatemalan coffee growers, the delectable food preparations were an amazing example of local agriculture, clearly within the...

Beyond coal: Scaling up clean energy to fight poverty

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in General News, VOW Statements & Endorsements

Eradicating global poverty is within reach, but under threat from a changing climate. Left unchecked, climate change will put at risk our ability to lift people out of extreme poverty permanently by 2030, the first target of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Coal is the world’s number one source of CO2 emissions. Most historic emissions came from the coal industry in the developed world in the last century, with China joining the biggest emitters at the beginning of this one.  It is widely accepted that a rapid and just response to climate change will require the urgent replacement of coal with low-carbon energy sources in rich economies. Better energy...

SETTING THE PATH TOWARDS 1.5°C

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in General News

 CLIMATE SCIENCE TELLS US THAT URGENT AND DRAMATIC ACTION IS NEEDED TO HAVE ANY CHANCE AT STOPPING IRREVERSIBLE GLOBAL WARMING Accepting the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) scenarios provide us with a global carbon budget that will be consumed in 10–20 years at current emissions levels, and entail very significant levels of risk. A commitment to keep at least within this limited budget, and to share the effort of doing so equitably and fairly, is at the heart of the international debate around climate change. The level of short-term ambition for emissions reductions across the world and the amount of financial and other support that wealthy countries provide...

White Poppies for Peace: Peace Women VOW to End War

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in General News

For immediate release November 3, 2016 Canadian Voice of Women for Peace will distribute free White Poppies in Halifax on Friday, November 4 from 12pm – 1pm at the Central Library in Halifax. The white poppy campaign started in Britain in 1933 by women in the Women’s Co-operative Guild who had lost family members in the First World War, as a “definite pledge to peace that war must not happen again.” This campaign has continued over the years by the British Peace Pledge Union and peace activists all over the world. The white poppy is a symbol of hope and determination to bring an end to war. The white...