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Catastrophe, Militarism and the Violence of Climate

Sat April 2 @ 10:00 am - Sun April 3 @ 2:00 pm EDT

Chicago Area Peace Action Peace Summit 2022

It’s no secret that our world is on a fast-moving, downwards slope towards climate catastrophe. But hidden from this discussion is one of the largest contributors to today’s crisis: a global order based on militarization, especially one coming directly from the U.S. military.

If the U.S. military were a nation-state, it would be Earth’s 47th largest carbon emitter. But the intersection goes beyond that. There are military and police forces across the globe shutting down climate protests. States stealing natural resources is becoming a more normal form of state violence as climate change dramatically reduces global resources. And people of color especially face the worst of any environmental crisis due to the white supremacy that has been ingrained within systems of power.

It is undeniable that, if we want to avert the worst of climate catastrophe, we cannot treat it as an issue of icebergs and plastic bags alone.

RegisterJoin Chicago Area Peace Action this April 2nd and 3rd for our Third Annual Peace Summit. We’ll not only be taking a deeper dive into the environmental degradation/military complex, but what we as a global community can do about it. Importantly, our shared predicament offers us the opportunity to unite across our cultural, ideological, and national differences to address the climate crisis as one, de-escalating militarism and dismantling global norms of violent communication, corporate greed, and imperialism.

But we can’t do it without you!

Climate justice will not come without racial justice, decolonization, and an end to a world order based on violence and militarization.  As Naomi Klein said, “We can save ourselves, but only if we learn to let go of the myth of dominance and mastery and learn to work with nature.” Let’s make it happen.


DAY 1  – Saturday, April 2nd, 2022 (All times CST)

9:00 A.M. Day 1 of Peace Summit Begins

9:10- 9:30 A.M. Keynote Address by […more details soon!]

9:30- 10:15 A.M. Panel: “Situating Climate Resistance within Global Systems of Power “

Featured panelists include: […more details soon!]

10:20 – 10:40 A.M. Peace Connect Rooms

    • Breakout rooms for attendees to discuss what they’ve learned and meet other activists. Think of it like chatting in the lobby between sessions at an in-person event!

10:50- 11:00 A.M.  BREAK

11:00- 11:45 A.M.  Breakout Sessions #1 – Choice of the following:

    • Pollution/environmental harm inflicted by military —.
    • Climate Justice and Palestine.
    • Environmental Peacebuilding Works!.
    • Climate Justice in The Philippines.

11:45 A.M.- 12:00 P.M.  Closing remarks

Don’t miss out on this program! Register today for the 2022 Peace Summit!


Day 2 – Sunday, April 3rd, 2022 (All times CST)

10:00 A.M. Day 2 of Peace Summit Begins

10:10- 10:55 A.M. Panel: “Nuclear Weapons and Climate Change”

Featured panelists include: […more details soon!]

11:00- 11:10 A.M. BREAK

11:10- 11:55 A.M.  Breakout Session #2 – Choice of the following:

    • We Need Green Diplomacy with China — .
    • Modern organizing; Moving on from lobbying toward active involvements.
    • Indigenous Resistance to the Climate Crisis.
    • Social media as a tool of change: Communications Work 101.
    • Gun Violence in Chicago/ climate crisis intersection.
  • 12:00- 12:45 P.M. Breakout Session #3 – Choice of the following:
    • Challenging the ideology behind wealth and militarism – the status quo of always producing and selling more weapons.
    • The Art of Compassionate Connection  — .
    • What the US Military Doesn’t Want You to Know About Climate Change—.
    • What Can I Do? Organizations working on the intersection of militarism and the climate crisis.

12:45- 1:00 P.M. Closing remarks

RegisterDon’t miss out on this program! Register today for the 2022 Peace Summit!


Sat April 2 @ 10:00 am EDT
Sun April 3 @ 2:00 pm EDT
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