War and the Environment: July 6 to August 16, 2020 online course registration


Start: Monday, July 06, 2020 • 12:00 PM • Eastern Daylight Time (US & Canada) (GMT-04:00)

End: Sunday, August 16, 2020 • 12:00 PM • Eastern Daylight Time (US & Canada) (GMT-04:00)

More info here.

Host Contact Info: phill@worldbeyondwar.org

Course fee: $100 (Pay less if you have to, more if you can.) There will be a limit of 125 tickets sold for this course.

Grounded in research on peace and ecological security, this course focusses on the relationship between two existential threats: war and environmental catastrophe. We will cover:

• Where wars happen and why.
• What wars do to the earth.
• What imperial militaries do to the earth back home.
• What nuclear weapons have done and could do to people and the planet.
• How this horror is hidden and maintained.
• What can be done.

This course is 100% online and interactions are not live or scheduled, so you can take part whenever works for you. Weekly content includes a mix of text, images, video, and audio. Instructors and students utilize online discussion forums to go over each week’s content, as well as to provide feedback on optional assignment submissions.

The course also includes three 1-hour optional zoom calls which are designed to facilitate a more interactive and real-time learning experience.

Instructors will include:

• World BEYOND War Co-Founder and Executive Director: David Swanson
• Cutting-edge political activist and writer: Brent Patterson with Peace Brigades International.
• Prominent environmental engineer and Professor of Environmental Health (retired): Patricia Hynes, Director of Traprock Center for Peace and Justice
• Expert disarmament professional: Ray Acheson with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
• Noted activist, writer, and therapist: Caroline Davies with Extinction Rebellion.
• Distinguished researcher-practitioner: Lindsay Koshgarian with the National Priorities Project.

Education Director: Phill Gittins and other World BEYOND War staff, board members, and partners will be online throughout the six weeks helping to facilitate too. These include:
· Tamara Lorincz
· Barry Sweeney
· Kathy Kelly

Time commitment/expectations: How much time you spend and how deeply you engage is up to you. At a minimum, you can expect to spend between 1-2 hours a week if you only review the weekly content (text and videos). We hope, however, you’ll want to engage in the online dialogue with peers and experts. This is where the real richness of the learning occurs, where we have the opportunity to explore new ideas, strategies, and visions for building a more peaceful world. Depending on your level of engagement with the online discussion you can expect to add another 1-3 hours a week. Finally, all participants are encouraged to complete optional assignments (required to earn a certificate). This is an opportunity to deepen and apply the ideas explored each week to practical possibilities. Expect another 2 hours a week if you pursue these options.

Accessing the course. Prior to the start date, you will be sent instructions for how to access the course.

Earn a certificate. To earn a certificate, participants must also complete optional weekly written assignments. Instructors will return the assignment to the student with detailed feedback. Submissions and feedback can be shared with everyone taking the course or kept private between a student and the instructor, at the student’s choice. Submissions must be completed by the conclusion of the course.

The cost of the course is the same for someone completing all, some, or none of the assignments.

Questions? Contact: phill@worldbeyondwar.org

July 5-8, 2021
Bristol, United Kingdom

Theme: Elements
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Seville, Spain
May 19-21, 2021

From the conference website:
“Over millennia, warfare, environmental degradation, and social inequality have brought much suffering to humankind. In an effort to facilitate interdisciplinary cross-fertilization, WESIPS brings together a cadre of internationally recognized scholars to address the underlying causes of warfare, environmental degradation, and social inequality from a host of interdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives. Setting the stage for the cumulation of knowledge, this symposium seeks to uncover effective solutions which foster peace, altruism, cooperation, social equality, and sustainable use of natural resources. 

Abstract submission deadline: October 5, 2020 at 11:59 PM (EST)