£1.7 trillion military spending 'destroying global economy'
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Published: 08/04/2016 |
Conscience, the peace building NGO, is supporting the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) this year (18 April 2016) by raising awareness of the £1.7 trillion spent by governments on war. (Ekklesia)
The Global Day of Action coincides with the release of the annual world military expenditure figures by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. It is also timed to tie in with Tax Day in the US, when Americans pay taxes and debate their use. GDAMS UK is calling for:
Military spending to be shifted towards social and environmental needs. These needs should take priority over aircraft carriers, long range strike aircraft, armed drones, weapons exports and weapons of mass destruction.
No replacement of the Trident nuclear weapons system. Redirecting its cost alone could prevent many of the key public sector cuts in the UK.
The huge subsidy to the arms industry to be redirected towards renewable energy and energy-saving measures, allowing diversification and conversion of the arms industry and enabling our public resources to tackle climate change which is a huge source of human insecurity.
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