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In recognition of all its efforts Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, together with President Joseph Rotblat, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1995.

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CPG: A proud tradition started by the 22 eminent scientists, the founding group of Pugwash, who gathered at Thinkers' Lodge in 1957, to discuss the path to nuclear disarmament.

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Nuclear disarmament has always been of central importance to Pugwash. But also - Non-Nuclear Threats to Peace and Security, Institutions for a New World Order, Conflict Resolution, Environment and Global Security, Health, Social and Economic Issues.

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940+ Recipients of the Order of Canada Call for a Nuclear Weapons Convention. Visit www.nuclearweaponsconvention.ca

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CPG's focus - World peace and promotion of change to advance the cause of peace. Best known for its work on nuclear disarmament, our concern - all causes of global insecurity.

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For more than 50 years the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs have been working for the control, reduction, and eventual elimination of nuclear weapons.

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The Russell-Einstein Manifesto of 1955 was a major step in the nuclear disarmament campaign by prominent members of the scientific community.

Welcome to Canadian Pugwash Group

Education on global security, in a broad sense, is the mandate of Canadian Pugwash, carried out by sponsoring meetings, workshops and roundtables to foster informed discussion of experts, for the purpose of providing information which can be useful in the formation of government policy.

 

Economic Policies and Overconsumption Are Chief Causes of Climate Change, say Canadian Nobel Scientists

December 21, 2007
TORONTO, /CNW Telbec/ – A group of Canadian climate change scientists and experts are warning that governments must address the root causes of climate change, and not rely on “technological fixes.”

In their statement The Wasan Action Framework, released today, the scientists fault policies that pursue economic growth "for its own sake," and the large per capita overconsumption of natural resources in the industrialized countries.

The statement's twenty-seven endorsers include two Canadian members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Price jointly with former U.S. vice-president Al Gore. “In the long run, we need to focus on sustainable levels of consumption, which means finding ways to rein in our currently insatiable demand for more and more,” said Professor Danny Harvey of the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto, who also served as lead author of the latest IPCC assessment report.

The scientists also cast doubt on the reliance upon nuclear power and large-scale biofuels to prevent climate change. “It is no secret that humankind is already struggling to eliminate hunger and the loss of biodiversity,” said Ryerson University Professor Emeritus of Physics Helmut Burkhardt. “To take land away from food production and from rainforests is, in a global perspective, not an option.”

The Wasan Action Framework urges governments and international bodies to curb overconsumption, promote lower global birth rates through women's education and empowerment, focus on low-impact renewable energy sources, reduce carbon emissions and preserve forests.

The Wasan Action Framework was developed September 13 to 16, 2007, at a meeting of the scientists and experts on Wasan Island, Ontario. The project was sponsored by Science for Peace, David Suzuki Foundation and Breuninger Foundation.

For further information: Prof. Danny Harvey, Department of Geography, University of Toronto, and member of the IPCC, co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, h.o. (416) 778-0670, o. (416) 978-1588 (until 2:30 PM today), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Prof. Emeritus Helmut Burkhardt, Department of Physics, Ryerson University, h. (416) 694-8385, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Dr. Derek Paul, Science for Peace, t. (416) 532-6440, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Download the Wasan Action Framework