global day of action on military spending

by Campaign ~ April 15th, 2013. Filed under: News.

Today together with many other organisations conscience is calling for:

  • military spending to be shifted towards social and environmental needs. These needs should take priority over aircraft carriers, long range strike aircraft, armed drones, weapons exports and weapons of mass destruction.
  • no replacement of the UK’s nuclear weapons system, Trident. Redirecting its cost alone could prevent many of the key public sector cuts in the UK.
  • a new thinking involving civil society and government to create a clear programme of action for spending, research and investment to build sustainable, common security at national and international levels.
  • the huge subsidy to the arms industry to be redirected towards renewable energy and energy saving measures, allowing diversification and conversion of the arms industry, and enabling our public resources to tackle a huge cause of human insecurity, climate change.
  • grassroots groups, networks, and organisations to work together across their ‘issue’ boundaries, to share experiences and expertise that will inspire others to work for a common security.

Today people around the world are calling for change, help spread the word and remember to write to your local MP about this crucial issue. At a time when there are severe cuts to public spending we have to let those who are meant to represent us know that there are more effective and cheaper forms of security available that above all else don’t cost lives. We must let them know that we want our taxes to pay for peace not war.

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