Season’s greetings to all our friends, colleagues and supporters, in this most difficult of years.
The pandemic, coming on top of the climate emergency, demands solutions that rise to the phenomenal challenges facing humanity. The call for #SystemChange really took hold during the BLM protests after the murder of George Floyd and at the height of the pandemic in the USA. And we do so desperately need system change to address the collective threats of climate breakdown, racial injustice, economic/class inequality alongside deep societal and economic uncertainty.
And when system change does come, as it surely must, our own constant refrain has become this: we must not overlook foreign, defence, security and development in all this. Our Transform Defence project is at the heart of this. We need a practical, imaginative, brave discussion about redefining and re-making foreign and defence policy such that it is truly fit-for-purpose. That means as understanding its role in climate change, pandemic, economic, racial and gender injustice as part of the system change process.
We want to thank all our funders, major donors and regular givers for their support. And sadly, on that note, on December 8th, Tipping Point lost another very dear friend. Elizabeth Block – Liz – was a founding member of TPNS, with a deep passion for documentary film. A New Yorker by birth, she was a journalist specialising in climate change, particularly renewable energy and previously financial journalism. Liz was a major donor to TP over many years and was always unfailingly supportive and encouraging. We miss her so much and she has gone too soon. Rest in peace our dear friend. We journeyed a wonderful journey together
So, as we come to the end of 2020, a round-up of links to our activities is below. All’s that left if for us to wish you a safe, happy Christmas and all good things for your New Year.
Deb, Ho-Chih, Kev and all at TPNS
Media Release https://transformdefence.org/2020/12/07/media-release/
(Report) INDEFENSIBLE: The true cost of the global military to our climate and human security. https://transformdefence.org/publication/indefensible/
Preface by Professor Neta Crawford , Chair Dept Political Science Boston University
(Report) GLOBAL MILITARY SPENDING, Sustainable Human Safety and Value for Money https://transformdefence.org/publication/value-for-money/
Foreword Jen Maman, Senior Peace Advisor of Greenpeace International.
GREEN NEW DEAL / COVID-19 RECOVERY
Submission to GND Parliamentary Group https://thefivepercentcampaign.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/tipping-point-northsouth-evidence-24-july.pdf [PDF]
(Blog post) Building back better for a post-pandemic Green New Deal
(Blog post) In times of Coronavirus: UBI is an idea whose time has finally come
OPEN BETHLEHEM Christmas 2020
Special virtual Christmas screening at the Toronto Palestine Film Festival December 21st