In­vest­ing in our planet

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The Ed­i­tor, Were you one of those who do­nated money on March 31 at church to De­vel­op­ment and Peace (D+P)? Bravo! You’ve in­vested in sav­ing our planet from an­ni­hi­la­tion.

B+P is one of nine or­ga­ni­za­tions that have a seat on the Gov­ern­ing Com­mit­tee of Project Ploughshar­es (PP). An ad­di­tional four per­sons sit on the com­mit­tee as mem­bers-at-large.

But when PP in 2018 pub­lished their lat­est re­port, 20 pages long for 2017 the seat of D+P was va­cant, the only one va­cant.

Since the sur­vival of all the other ac­tiv­i­ties of D+P de­pends on dis­arm­ing nu­clear weapons is D+P now ac­tively par­tic­i­pat­ing in PP?

PP also does ur­gent work to de­mil­i­ta­rize space to stop au­tonomous weapons and armed con­flicts and to help refugees and forced mi­grants.

85% of Chris­tians in Canada are de­nom­i­na­tions that be­long to the Cana­dian Coun­cil of Churches (CCC). PP is an op­er­at­ing di­vi­sion of CCC. The Cana­dian Con­fer­ence of Catholic Bish­ops are mem­bers of CCC and thus part of the work of PP.

When Co­lette Sauvé ap­pealed in the March 27 is­sue of for do­na­tions to D+P she should have printed out that what­ever money D+P spends on PP could help di­vert some of the bil­lions of dol­lars that are now spent on billing ma­chines: di­vert to­ward the preven­tion of the prob­lems and in­jus­tices that D+P tries to solve. Let’s all re-think our priorities in these in­creas­ingly dan­ger­ous times.

Ger­ard Daech­sel, Alexan­dria

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