Tag: Peace

Learning about the foundation of the United Nations 75 years ago

In 2020 people from different parts of the globe marked the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. In 1945 – the year the Second World War ended – an international conference was held over nine weeks in San Francisco. It represented an extraordinary coming together of countries all over the world to […]

Reflection on the horror of war – 75 years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Yesterday was ‘VJ Day’ or ‘Victory in Japan Day’. On 15 August 1945, 75 years ago, Japan surrendered to the Allied forces, including the UK. This was the end of the Second World War. But there is no victory in war. Human beings on all sides, whether they are soldiers or civilians, lose in war. […]

Part of me still frightened and frozen inside – after standing outside Faslane nuclear weapons base

A few weeks ago I went to Faslane in Scotland; to HM Naval Base Clyde where the submarines carrying UK nuclear weapons are based. I went as part of a group from the 15th International Conference on War Tax Resistance and Peace Tax Campaigns.  The people in the group were from five countries.  It was […]

Count the money we spend on nuclear weapons – and divert it to saving our climate

The National Audit Office forecast that the UK would spend £5.2 billion on its nuclear weapons programme in 2018-2019. It is almost impossible to imagine the horror that would be unleashed if just one of those nuclear weapons were ever used. £5.2 billion is such a huge amount of money it is difficult to visualise […]

Commemoration, Conflict & Conscience

My first day working for Conscience: Taxes For Peace Not War was fascinating. I joined colleagues from Conscience at a national festival on conscientious objection, ‘Commemoration, Conflict & Conscience’, held in Bristol. The festival was based on a project led by Professor Lois Bibbings from the University of Bristol. The project marked ‘the 100-year anniversary […]

Learning about the work of the First World War Peace Forum

One of the first events I was invited to attend as the Campaign Worker for Conscience: Taxes For Peace Not War was a meeting of the First World War Peace Forum. The Forum was a coalition ‘formed following a Peace Pledge Union initiative in February 2012 with the objective of presenting the story of resistance […]

It was my grandmother who inspired me to join the peace movement

Hello.  My name is Karen Robinson.  I am very excited to have recently started work as the new Campaign Worker for Conscience: Taxes For Peace Not War. Perhaps in this first post I could share a little of my background and why I was so interested in applying for the job. It was my grandmother […]