Forum: How to Save the World in a Hurry

30 May 2018 - 9:00am to 1 Jun 2018 - 4:45pm

Room 140, University College, 15 Kings College Circle, University of Toronto  See the map here.


This 2-day forum is hosted by Science for Peace, which writes:

"Humanity faces at least six threats that could kill a billion people or more in a short interval:

War and weapons (especially nuclear) • Global warming • Famine • Pandemics • Massive radiation exposure from reactor accidents • Cyber attacks.

Because these are causally connected as a system, it is best to devise public policy solutions for them together.

Moreover, there are several societal measures that are required simply to enable the other solutions; these include global financing, global security measures; greater accountability of corporate and international institutions, and the reduction of inequality worldwide.

Now civil society needs a common checklist of changes to save humanity’s future.

For several months, we have been collecting public policy proposals that are meant to reduce the risk of these six global threats. There are more than 100 such proposals on our list now, and the purpose of the forum is to pick the 25 most promising ones. The result will be a “Platform for Survival” —a common agenda for global changes

Interested? Join us for the forum on May 30 and 31. After our Wednesday session, we'll be heading to the Free Times Cafe to  hear Doug Saunders of the Globe and Mailspeak about democracy.

General admission for two days is $120 (students and unwaged $50). When you register on Eventbrite, you can also order lunches (vegetarian or non-vegetarian) for either or both days, as well as dinner tickets for the Doug Saunders event on Wednesday."

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"For information about these threats, see our website:

We'll hear talks and Q & A responses from experts on all these threats. Among the speakers are:
Professor John Polanyi, Nobel laureate in chemistry (keynote speaker;
Hon. Douglas Roche, former Canadian ambassador for disarmament and Canadian senator;
Peggy Mason; former Canadian ambassador for disarmament;
Dr. Gordon Edwards, Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility;
Angela Bischoff, Ontario Clean Air Alliance;
Hilal Elver, UN special rapporteur on the right to food;
Professor Evan Fraser, Research Chair in global food security, University of Guelph;
Catherine Abreu, chair of Climate Action Network;
Professor Mark Z. Jacobson, of Stanford University;
Professor Matthew Hoffman, co-director of U. of Toronto's Environmental Governance Lab;
Dr. Ronald St. John, former director general of Canada's Centre for Emergency Preparedness and Response;
Dr. Larry Brilliant, former director of the Skoll Global Threats Fund;
Dr. Bryna Warshawsky, , Medical Director, Communicable Diseases, Ontario Public Health;
Professor Paul Werbos, director of the Centre for Large-Scale Complex systems and Integrated Optimization Networks;
Professor Paul Meyer, Fellow in Internatonal Security, Simon Fraser University and former disarmament ambassador;
Professor John Kirton, political scientist at the University of Toronto;
Toby A. A. Heaps, co-founder of Corporate Knights Inc. and publisher of Corporate Knights Magazine;
Fergus Watt, executive director of World Federalist Movement - Canada; and
Dr. Jeremy Whitlock, past president, Canadian Nuclear Society.
On Wednesday evening, most of us will dine in the Free Times Restaurant, where Globe and Mail journalist Doug Saunders will speak about the protection of democracy.

On Thursday we will break into separate groups to select the most promising policy proposals for each threat. Then, upon returning to a plenary session, we will compile them as a one-page-long list of 25 public policy proposals called the "Platform for Survival." Activists, researchers, and NGOs working on all six threats will be encouraged to adopt it thereafter as a common agenda for campaigns to repair our world and keep it safer for everyone."

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