Ready for you to download, copy, share the message: It’s time to shift priorities!
NEW 2018 GCOMS handbook – useful statistics, graphs etc that could be adapted for stalls and exhibitions
Reducing 10% of military assets will help saving our planet.
From GCOMS 2018 International Statement : The world is over-armed and peace is under-funded. This claim is now more valid than ever. One of the most urgent tasks of all nations during the next years is to reduce military expenditure. The world is becoming crazy. Military spending in 2016 amounted to $1.68 trillion. Many governments are planning increases in military budgets together with cuts in health, education and development cooperation. The news on military budget increase proposals in the U.S. is alarming: the Congress recently approved a $165 billion increase in military spending over a two year period. Meanwhile, many other states like Australia, New Zealand, France, UK, Germany, Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Spain, Italy and others are following U.S. guidelines without any discussion…
Internationally, GCOMS will be marked between 14 April and 3 May. U.S. Tax Day (April 17, 2018) and the publication date of the annual SIPRI report on military spending.
At St Joseph’s School and site of Pax Christi office in Hendon London, staff and pupils of the school came along to cast their vote for a safer world.
As well as showing curiosity about what was going on, 94 people took part in the vote and you can see the results in the photograph.
Hereford Peace Group report.
One of our members had made some excellent placards, saying that £2,500,000,000 is spent globally every minute on the military, and they stood out across the big pedestrian area, so that a large number of people could not help but get that message.
We had some long conversations, including one with a young man who was in the navy. 48 votes were cast.
The votes were:
Education and Health 72 37%
Climate Change 78 41%
International Cooperation and Development 40 21%
Military 2 1%
The International GCOMS team have put together ideas, twitter messages, hashtags that can all be used by individuals and groups to help promote the week of action. You can also find info graphics here which are useful in presenting facts and alternatives to military spending .
If you cannot arrange a stall or activity you could write to the national and/or local press about the opportunities that would be created by reducing or cutting military spending. Let us know what you do and we can share with others!