Notes from the 2021 International Bureau of Peace Conference

By Tim Pluta, World BEYOND War, October 20, 2021

The IPB Congress in Barcelona was overall a breath of fresh air. Seeing and hearing women, youth, and representatives from indigenous populations actually present rather than just being talked about, gave an air of progress and teamwork to peace efforts. Rather than just multiple individual people or organizations presenting, there seemed to much more cooperative effort and alliances going on. For me, this reflects an important step forward in the ongoing efforts to abolish war.

World BEYOND War (WBW) participated in a panel presentation and discussion entitled, Young Climate Justice Activists in Dialogue With an Abolish War Veteran. The youth participants bolstered my faith that they are very capable and willing to  to work hard on militarism and climate justice.

The WBW military fossil fuel reporting petition, our book A Global Security System, our message that 3% of the U.S. military budget could end world hunger, and the WBW website all got some air time. Technical issues led to the workshop not being recorded. However, the young activists did a fine job presenting, and the question and answer time was well spent, lasting right up to the end of the workshop and after.

There was a woman from the Peace Boat there who passionately expressed her gratitude and support for the War Abolisher Peace Award recently presented to the Peace Boat organization by WBW.

Keep up the peacework, brothers and sisters! It IS making a difference.

Blessings and peace.

Tim Pluta

World BEYOND War, Spain Chapter

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