Building a culture of peace in Scotland

Nonviolence – human rights – conflict resolution – peacebuilding & ecological sustainability

Teaching Peace       

Our Peacebuilding in Primary Schools project facilitators have run Cooperative Games courses in more than 50 primary school classes across Edinburgh and Glasgow. In October we raised more than £4000 in our crowdfunder to create a series of videos. While our facilitators cannot go into schools due to the Covid-19 epidemic the video course will help children in schools across Scotland deal with the emotional impact of COVID and build a culture of peace. Our coordinator Fiona is now finishing the films and will be sharing them with head teachers in the coming months. Find out more about our peacebuilding in schools programme here.

Conscientious Objection

There are 37 war memorials in Edinburgh. Isn’t it time peacemakers are recognised in public space too?

Find out about our plans to build a Memorial to Conscientious Objectors in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens. We organise Conscientous Objectors Day Vigils in Edinburgh annually. And, check out the stories of First World War COs in our Legacies of Resistance booklet here.

Advocating Disarmament

We are a partner in the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017. Our Peace Cranes project engages people in their communities to remember all those killed by the Hiroshima bomb and raise awareness of the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty. An exhibition featuring 140,000 peace cranes made by volunteers at our workshops in Scotland, and sent from around the UK and beyond will launch at the Just Festival in 2021. Find out more

We’re active in the Don’t Bank on the Bomb Scotland campaign. Check out the new report Nuclear Weapons, the Climate and our Environment report and the Stop Funding the End of World: A guide to nuclear weapons divestment in Scotland and and find out how you can take action to promote divestment.

Challenging Militarism

We organise events like Fly Kites not Drones and collaborate with a number of groups to challenge militarism and promote alternatives to war. This year our Edinburgh Alternative Remembrance event will be part of an online UK-wide remembrance event organised by Peace Pledge Union. We regularly organise public talks by prominent speakers on peace and justice issues .

We’re part of the Global Campaign on Mililtary Spending and a member of Scottish Peace Network. And we’re working with Campaign Against the Arms Trade in Scotland to advocate Divestment from arms and to end arms sales to Saudi Arabia. 

 Find out about these and other projects we are involved in here

 

 

 

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