Shetland to Scilly – New Technologies for Peace started on 26th May 2016. It was a journey through Britain from the Shetland Islands to the Scillies by peace activist Andrew Greig to promote the message that using lethal weaponry, like generating energy from fossil fuel, is crude, damaging and outdated.
It aimed to highlight the need for new technologies in achieving world peace. Just as we must change from fossil fuel technology to stop global warming, so – if we are to avoid a future nuclear holocaust – must we cease using lethal weapons in conflicts between nations.
To underline these parallels, Andrew traveled as much as possible without fossil fuel. He journeyed the entire distance from John o’ groats on the tip of mainland Scotland to the coast at Penzance in Cornwall by bicycle, as well as cycling through parts of Shetland and Orkney.
Armies should switch from lethal weapons to nonlethal devices because:
- lethal war – shooting people and bombing cities – often doesn’t work anymore, as we’re now seeing in the Middle East
- war causes huge pain, grief and damage
- as long as we have lethal wars, there’s always the risk of escalation to a catastrophic nuclear conflict.
The journey began in the Shetland Islands in late May 2016, passed through Scotland during early June and through England in June and July. It finished, as planned, in the Scilly Isles near the end of July 2016.
The current technologies of war are crude, dangerous and outdated. The world can be kept safe without killing people. The military already have devices which will halt and repel an enemy without causing them serious injury.
Not much of this technology is yet available because the military are spending most of their money on lethal weapons. If governments around the world invested just a fraction of those funds on nonlethal technology we’d soon have a range of highly effective devices which would maintain international security without killing anyone.
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