What Can I do?

Youth Action

There are many ways that you can take a stand, in championing the cause of disarmament.  This could involve writing letters, composing a petition, writing articles, giving presentations or forming a youth group to address these issues.

Below are just a few ways that you could specifically join the fight. 

Disarmament

  • Invite guest speakers to come into class. Speakers could be policy makers, victims of armed conflict, NGOs working in disarmament
  • Begin a fundraising drive to help victims of armed conflict in your local/global community
  • Write an article for school newspaper/local newspaper on the theme of disarmament and nonproliferation of weapons and submit it for publishing
  • Volunteer for a local agency working in disarmament
  • Organize a contest for the best creative essay on what a World Without Weapons would be like
  • Organize activities during Disarmament Week – October 24th  the founding day of the United Nations

Small Arms

  • Launch a special event to gather photos for the Control Arms Million Faces campaign (read more about the campaign on  http://www.controlarms.org)
  • Call a journalist and suggest that they do a story on gun violence
  • Write an opinion piece on small arms
  • Start an e-campaign asking your government to do more to stop  gun violence.
  • Organize a gun collection or trade in program, using real or toy weapons.
  • Organize a public awareness demonstration against gun violence.
  • Invite a speaker who has experienced gun violence to a school assembly
  • Have a fundraising campaign for youth programs in your local area

Landmines

  • Contact the Youth Landmine Ambassador about giving a talk at your school
  • Write a letter to the Canadian government asking them to increase funding for mine clearance and survivor aid.
  • Create a LANDMINE FREE ZONE somewhere on school grounds.   Pledge to raise enough funds to clear the equivalent area of minefield.  Research the cost of demining an area of designated size.  Encourage the local press and community to support your fundraising efforts. 
  • Get sponsored to wear only one shoe and one trouser leg for the day in memory of those that have lost their legs to landmines.
  • Invite a landmine survivor to speak at a school assembly.
  • Become involved with an NGO that is doing Landmine work
  • Create a mine awareness program that could help education children in heavily mined countries about the dangers of landmines. 

Nuclear

  • Send a letter to a newspaper expressing your views on nuclear weapons, missile defense, space weaponization.
  • Fundraise to support local NGOs who are working on nuclear disarmament initiatives
  • Invite a speaker to the school to discuss the fallout from nuclear accidents, such as Chernobyl
  • Organize a rally for global nuclear disarmament
  • Create a documentary on Canada’s dependence on fossil fuels.  Investigate nuclear energy to determine whether it is a safe alternative and whether Canada should be increasing its reliance on nuclear power. 
  • Create an awareness campaign on the necessity for countries to give up their nuclear weapons.  Organize a protest march.   
  • Sign the International Appeal for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons, the Missile Ban petition and International Sustainable Energy Petition http://www.abolition2000.org/
  • Investigate some of the anti-nuclear movements.  They can be found at

http://www.neravt.com/left/directory/subjects/antinuke.htm

Chemical/Biological Weapons

  • Investigate Canada’s new laws and programs in place to keep Canadians safer since the attacks of September 11th.  Give Canada a report card grade on whether our efforts are increasing human security. 
  • Organize a public forum for the community to discuss community needs to respond to threats posed by a possible biological or chemical terrorist attack.
  • Write to local government officials with specific questions regarding community preparedness in case of a biological or chemical terrorist attack.
  • Interview individuals who are preparing Canada for the threat of Chemical or Biological warfare (soldiers, politicians, police officers, fire fighters, urban planners)
  • Develop a "preparedness plan" for your school.  Investigate the school’s current preparedness plan. 
  • Complete the online simulation game -

      http://www.pbs.org/avoidingarmageddon/getInvolved/involved_01.html

Human Security

  • Interview individuals that are dealing with the new culture of security.  Do they feel safe?  Why/why not?  Do they feel that the current restrictions on civil liberties are justified by the need to protect society from terrorism?
  • Investigate the changes made both nationally, by the Canadian government to increase domestic security, and internationally since the terrorist attacks on September 11th.  Have governments increased their powers?  If so, how? 
  • Research instances when the Canadian government has restricted individual civil liberties to protect the security of society.  (e.g. FLQ crisis, Japanese Internment…)  Were the restrictions reasonable?  Why/why not?  What can be learned by the past?  How can this inform future decision-making?
  • Investigate/volunteer for  a local NGO that is doing work on Human Security
  • Analyze the work that Canada is doing to increase our national security.  Give Canada a report card grade on whether the new steps are making citizens more secure. 
  • Investigate the work of the Human Security Network.  What countries are members?  What projects are being focused on?  What principles guide the network? 
  • Investigate the mandate of the Un’s Commision on Human Security
    http://www.humansecurity-chs.org/

  • Create an action plan for how you could make your community a safer and more secure place to live.