Masahiro Sasaki, center, the elder brother of Sadako, an iconic victim of the 1945 bombing in Hiroshima, donates a paper crane to the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. Photo: Kyodo / Japan Times)

Brother of Hiroshima paper crane girl plans U.S. peace education NPO

The elder brother of a Japanese girl who succumbed to leukemia a decade after being exposed to the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima said he will set up a nonprofit organization in Los Angeles aimed at promoting peace education. Masahiro Sasaki, the 74-year-old brother of Sadako Sasaki, said Sunday that Clifton Truman Daniel, the eldest grandson of Harry Truman, the president who ordered the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, is expected to head the organization.

CND Peace Education: Active Learning for & about Peace

CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) campaigns non-violently to achieve British nuclear disarmament and to secure an international Nuclear Weapons Convention. CND Peace Education empowers young people with knowledge on peace and nuclear issues and offers a range of free teaching resources with full curriculum links and lesson plans. They also provide free teacher training and continuing professional development workshops. Here is an overview of some of the resources they provide.

The Brussels Bombings: What We Can Do

In the face of the attacks in Brussels and Mosul, the wars in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen, the attacks before in Paris, and what seems to be a constant barrage of incidents of violence, terror and war in so many parts of the world, many of us often feel powerless – left wondering what we can do and whether it will ever end or change. Kai Frithjof Brand-Jacobsen, Director of the Department of Peace Operations (DPO) at PATRIR suggests 10 actions we can do to overcome the terror and war we are seeing. Amongst his suggestions, for the immediate, medium and long-term: working to have peace education introduced as part of core curriculum into all of our schools and education systems world-wide.

Peace & Planet: Appreciation and Responses to Bulletin of Atomic Scientists’ Doomsday Clock Announcement

Last month the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced that as a consequence of the nuclear, climate change and other existenial threats to humanity, their Doomsday Clock must remain set a three minutes to midnight, the “closest to catastrophe since the early days of above-ground hydrogen bomb testing.” The Peace & Planet Network has adopted this statement of appreciation and response to the BAS announcement, which urges us to more deeply understand and respond to the systemic roots of these threats to human survival and to more deeply integrate our movements to challenge them.

Dr. Herbert L. Abrams helped found International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War with a group of American and Soviet doctors. (Photo: Rod Searcey/Stanford University)

Dr. Herbert L. Abrams, Who Worked Against Nuclear War, Dies at 95

Dr. Herbert L. Abrams, a radiologist at Stanford and Harvard Universities, died on Jan. 20 at his home in Palo Alto, Calif. He was 95. Dr. Abrams served as founding vice president of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which was awarded the Unesco Prize for Peace Education in 1984 and the Nobel Peace Prize a year later. In announcing the award, the Nobel Committee said the group had performed an important service “by spreading authoritative information and by creating an awareness of the catastrophic consequences of atomic warfare.”

Call to Contribute Ideas/Curricula & Report of Recent Actions Supporting the UN Open Ended Working Group on Nuclear Disarmament

On January 28, the UN Open Ended Working Group on nuclear disarmament (OEWG) will hold its first session in Geneva. The OEWG, open to all UN member states and to representatives of civil society, was established by the UN General Assembly to work on legal measures and norms to achieve a world without nuclear weapons. UNFOLD ZERO provides an overview of civil society actions and preparations for the OEWG and is hosting a competition to gather civil society actions – winners could win a trip to Geneva to participate in May sessions. In support of these efforts, the Global Campaign for Peace Education invites readers to submit study units and courses syllabi on nuclear disarmament that will be published on the Campaign website.

Trends in Peace Education (1998)

This ERIC Digest reviews the development and status of peace education in the United States in 1998. After briefly surveying the peace education movement from its origins with a small group of educators in New England in the 1800s through its stigmatization as being anti-American during periods of hot and cold war, the Digest devotes more attention to recent trends of the 1980s and 1990s.

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Moving funds from war & weapons is more urgent than ever

Moving funds from war & weapons is more urgent than ever. “While Humanity is facing considerable difficulties, such as water supply and global warming, it dumps resources into the development of weapons that could destroy it.”  -François Régis Hutin International Peace Bureau Disarmament for Development Campaign.  #DisarmForOurPlanet     CONTENT DISCLAIMER: please read the Global […]

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A few figures you may not know about military pollution

A few figures: With 500,000 buildings and infrastructures around the world, including 500 large-scale military bases, the Pentagon was marked the world’s largest energy consumer in 2013. Every year it is reported that the British Ministry of Defence is responsible for 70% of all the carbon dioxide emitted by the UK The army is the […]

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Save our Planet: Disarm!

How could we save the planet?  Here’s a way to do it suggested by the International Peace Bureau. Retiring the cold war era B-1 bomber would create a savings of $3.7 billion over five years. That would be enough to retrofit approximately 4.6 million homes to achieve 20% greater energy efficiency. Help us spread the […]

If we want to fund climate change, we must first redirect military spending.

Only 10% of Military Spending Could Fill the Green Climate Fund

With only 10% of global military spending we could easily fill up the green climate fund.   If we want to fund climate change, we must first redirect military spending. We can’t do this without you. The International Peace Bureau needs your support on their campaign! ‪#‎DisarmForOurPlanet‬ ‪#‎COP21‬                     […]

Facts you didn't know about the link between the military and the environment #cop21 #DisarmForOurPlanet

Links Between the Military and the Environment

Facts you didn’t know about the link between the military and the environment.  #cop21 #DisarmForOurPlanet.  For more information visit the International Peace Bureau.                                                                 […]

Call for entries: Disarmament Poster Contest

Call for Entries: Disarmament Poster Contest

  In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the first UN General Assembly resolution, which established the goal of eliminating nuclear weapons and all weapons of mass destruction, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs is pleased to sponsor the UN Poster for Peace Contest. The contest aims to raise awareness of the need for […]

The “new” Global Campaign for Peace Education: pursuing intentional, sustained and systematic education for peace

In May 1999 the Global Campaign for Peace Education (GCPE) was launched at the Hague Appeal for Peace conference.  The Hague Conference was the largest international peace conference in history, bringing together nearly 10,000 people from over 100 countries. The conference launched the Hague Agenda for Peace and Justice for the 21st Century, a set […]

Opinion: Iran and the Non-Proliferation Treaty

(Original article: Farhang Jahanpour, Inter Press Service News Agency) OXFORD, Sep 4 2015 (IPS) – Iran’s nuclear programme has been the target of a great deal of misinformation, downright lies and above all myths. As a result, it is often difficult to unpick truth from falsehood.    As President John F. Kennedy said in his Yale […]

A Peace Educator’s Tribute to Ruth Leger Sivard

Betty Reardon, Global Campaign for Peace Education Civil society has long recognized that while it takes a citizens’ movement to achieve a change, prescient individuals can envision and share the core ideas that inspire and energize such movements. Such was the case with Ruth Sivard. No one more vividly illustrated that war and preparation for […]

SDGs and Disarmament Education

(Featured Article: Issue #110 January/February 2014) As the UN prepares for a post 2015 effort to move forward the agenda initiated in the Millennium Development Goals, the MDGs are being transformed into “Sustainable Development Goals.”  Most peace educators would agree that without sustainable peace there can be no sustainable development. Nothing so impedes and reverses […]