With 90 high school students and 23 educators in attendance from across Canada and the U.S., NAPF Peace Literacy Director Paul K. Chappell gave a keynote and presented a workshop at the Youth Nuclear Peace Summit in Winnipeg, Canada, October 9-11. The Summit was held at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights (CMHR).
The Youth Nuclear Peace Summit discussed the human, environmental, economic, political, and legal costs of the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Its goal was to inspire the younger generation to become leaders on the impact of nuclear weapons on society, and empower them as they establish a global network of informed citizens.
David Newman, former Chair of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce whose Rotary Peace Partners 365 was one of the Summit sponsors, wrote:
“Paul K. Chappell was much loved at CMHR in Winnipeg Oct 9-11, 2019 at Youth Nuclear Peace Summit! Paul’s Peace Literacy message tied together what is needed to take on the growing existential human caused threats to the human species and the health of our global human family and nature. It is becoming more generally accepted that we need the commitment, skills, discipline, courage and willingness to replace self-interest with empathy and other capacities to get along peacefully within and across borders. Positive Peace through Peace Literacy Education and Actions have some new supporters.”
Estelle Lamoureux, one of the Summit organizers and Board Member of the Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties, shared:
“Paul left a lasting impression on the need for all of us to be warriors for peace. The students embedded his message in their Youth Nuclear Peace Treaty and selected his approach as one of the three actions that all the participating schools will endeavor to implement over the year to help ratify their treaty.”
The Youth Nuclear Peace Treaty will be presented at the United Nations in 2020.
Peace Literacy can help activists of all ages to build and reinforce the foundation for the structural changes needed today, including the abolition of nuclear weapons.
For more information on Peace Literacy, visit peaceliteracy.org.