The 37th National Justice and Peace Network (NJPN) conference entitled: “The Things that Make for Peace” was attended by 300 J&P activists from across the country over this weekend (17th – 19th July). The conference was addressed by a number of speakers, below are a summary of their talks.
Professor Paul Rogers
Professor Paul Rogers calls for action to address climate change over the next 15 years or face the consequences
A leading academic has called for drastic action over the next 15 years to address climate change or face the consequences.
Addressing the annual conference of the National Justice and Peace Network in Swanwick, Derbyshire, Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford, Paul Rogers claimed that governments often adopt a military solution to try to control problems rather than dealing with underlying causes.
Professor Rogers declared that there was something very wrong with a world economy where the mass of wealth is accruing to a smaller and smaller number of people. “The neo-liberal economic system is not delivering justice,” said the peace professor, who highlighted how this division of wealth was being exacerbated by some of the effects of climate change. “There is a neo-liberal economic system that finds it difficult to deal with the climate change,” said Professor Rogers, who pointed out that the speed of destruction is getting worse with for example typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines last year, running at speeds of 160 mph for 10 minutes. Some 6,300 people died as a result of the typhoon with untold damage done to the country.
The professor believes though that it is big shocks that often cause world governments to act. He quoted the example of how the London smog in 1952, killed 4,000 people in four days. “This effected the power elites and brought the clean air act forward a decade,” said Professor Rogers. Similarly the threat posed by chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in the 1980’s brought quick action from governments to halt the danger.
He claimed that there are things going on, almost unnoticed to address the problems such as grid Photovoltaic panels being erected across sub-Saharan Africa. Continue reading