Over 50,000 people in 147 countries have signed a pledge committing to work for the end of all wars. It reads:
“I understand that wars and militarism make us less safe rather than protect us, that they kill, injure and traumatize adults, children and infants, severely damage the natural environment, erode civil liberties, and drain our economies, siphoning resources from life-affirming activities. I commit to engage in and support nonviolent efforts to end all war and preparations for war and to create a sustainable and just peace.”
World Beyond War is a new and rapidly growing organization that has just tripled its staff size and formed a dozen new chapters. It is working on divestment from weapons dealers, the closing of bases, and the expansion of the rule of law.
Leah Bolger, chair of the World Beyond War Coordinating Committee, based in the United States, said, “World Beyond War knows that it is the overwhelming desire of people around the world to end war forever. We are working to create a global movement to do just that, and are thrilled to reach this benchmark of international support. From Albania to Zimbabwe, citizens are joining forces to make war obsolete.”
Agneta Norberg, a member of the World Beyond War Coordinating Committee and chair of the Swedish Peace Council said, “Sweden, and the whole Nordic landmass have become an important platform for U.S. / NATO's ability to launch a war on Russia.”
World Beyond War's director David Swanson added, “We have found that there is as much need for information as activism, and we are intent on organizing and creating both. Today, for example, we published a new project illustrating the current shape of global militarism on maps.”