In each biweekly e-newsletter, we share the stories of World BEYOND War volunteers around the world. Want to volunteer with World BEYOND War? Email email@example.com.
Fort Myers, Florida and Duluth, Minnesota, USA
How did you get involved with World BEYOND War (WBW)?
I’ve been a lifelong Peace and Justice activist. In more recent years, my energy has been focused on working with Witness for Peace and Veterans For Peace. In July 2014 I came across World BEYOND War and thought it was a natural fit for the goals of Veterans For Peace. I corresponded with David Swanson for more information and then brought WBW to the attention of our local VFP chapter for individual and organizational support.
What kinds of volunteer activities do you help with?
Over the past year, I’ve helped to start two World BEYOND War local chapters. About a year ago, while wintering in Fort Myers, Florida, through our local church I organized some educational events about the effects of war and the need for a community-based peace group. Then, last fall, in Duluth, Minnesota I did the same thing focusing on the relationship between the effects of war and militarism on the global climate crisis.
What’s your top recommendation for someone who wants to get involved with WBW?
My top recommendation for someone who wants to get involved with WBW is “just do it!” None of us are experts on the topic, however, if enough of us put our heads and actions together, we can help to make a difference!
What keeps you inspired to advocate for change?
The reason I continue to actively advocate for change at the age of 78 is, what’s the alternative? I care about future generations, and I care about the planet, and clearly we must find ways to do things differently, because what we’ve been doing is leading us to a path of disaster.
Posted January 21, 2020.