Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists President and CEO Rachel Bronson is among the high-profile individuals who have signed the Global Peace Dividend aimed at redirecting military funding to other causes including climate-change solutions.
The effort was launched on Dec. 14 by physicists Matteo Smerlak and Carlo Rovelli and has the support of more than 50 Nobel Laureates, political leaders, and presidents of science organizations. More than 46,000 individuals have also signed the petition on Change.org.
The open letter asks members of the United Nations to reduce annual military spending by 2 percent and divert half of that money to a global fund used to address climate change, pandemics, and extreme poverty.
Rovelli and Smerlak estimate that more than $1 trillion US could be raised in a five-year period starting in 2025.
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