SPACE, Not War! - An International Call to Action

An International Call to Action

“War and space exploration are alternative uses of the assertive, exploratory energies that are so characteristic of human beings. They may also be mutually exclusive because if one occurs on a massive scale, the other probably will not.”
Frank White The Overview Effect


An International Call to Action

The status of Earth’s civilisation has reached a pivotal moment. The population, now exceeding seven billion inhabitants, continues to grow. Humans are an interdependent species and know that collaboration rather than confrontation is the key to securing civilisation while continuing to maintain progress with peace and freedom. The technological capabilities to do so are becoming available to anyone anywhere on our planet. Yet, instead of peace and progress on a global scale, war in its many forms has become the norm throughout the world today.  Overt and covert military activities, economic and financial manipulations, propaganda and disinformation, surveillance and policing are being used by governments against their declared opponents and against their own citizens as well.

Humanists maintain an accurate accounting of each wasted life lost to war while others profit through the manufacture of weapons and their use to gain economic and political advantages. By contrast, it is difficult to secure funding for life-affirming projects such as commercial and cultural initiatives that would reduce social tensions, promote prosperity and alleviate the consequences of war that lead to mass migration and  immigration pressures.


War and violence are vestiges of our less evolved human past and it is counter-productive to our survival to carry these vestiges into the future. In an era in which governments spend hundreds  of billions on the tools of destruction, little money is dedicated to peaceful propositions that could support millions of jobs, sustainable practices and lead the global community toward a future of hope, peace  and prosperity.

As an alternative to this dire and deteriorating state of world affairs it is now evident that expansion of civilisation into space is the true moral imperative of our time. By focusing our energies and creativity on the challenge of opening and developing the space frontier instead of destroying civilisation there can be true hope for peace and prosperity for all.   

We — the worldwide space community — must be committed to support this highly humanist goal and choose to accelerate the evolution of terrestrial civilisation towards becoming  a spacefaring one by helping to create a Space Renaissance .

So we want these words to ring out, everywhere on our planet: “SPACE, Not WAR!”

We call on all sincere humanists, on all of the space advocacy associations in every country and on all of the many organisations currently working for world peace to join the Space Renaissance in this campaign which begins with a conference and International Congress to be held in Italy in 2017 with the goal of developing and delivering actionable proposals that can help to find a real alternative to perpetual war.



Our Goal

Our goal is to advance a “space revolution” that can generate millions new jobs, silence weapons, promote peace and prosperity and propel our rockets towards a new frontier for humanity!



Our Agenda

We solicit enthusiastic commitment at all levels: both public and private investments as well as personal efforts to develop the following areas:

  • Making the case that space development is a viable alternative to waging wars
  • Communicating the importance of space development to the future of civilisation
  • Creating synergies between the space community and other areas of society
  • Identifying the obstacles currently preventing space development
  • Development of sub-orbital and orbital tourism, vehicles and infrastructure
  • Development of fully reusable launch vehicles
  • Promote and develop industrialization in the region of Geo-Lunar space
  • Recovering and recycling of space debris in Earth orbit
  • Development of research and mining settlements on the Moon and on Near Earth Asteroids
  • Development of space based solar power systems which are CO2 neutral while meeting the energy needs of the future
  • Development of a new and larger space station with artificial gravity located at a Lagrange Libration Point, using lunar and asteroidal raw materials
  • Human exploration and settlement of the Moon, Mars and the Asteroid Belt
  • Adoption of favourable governmental policies toward civilian astronautics that further industry and commerce through tax discounts and grants to astronautical enterprises
  • Creation of International Space Investment Funds that will allow large and small investors to share in the ultimate opportunity of opening the Space Frontier
  • Offering humanity a positive future full of hope and excitement

The Italian Renaissance

The Italian Renaissance followed on the heels of the Middle Ages, and was spawned by the birth of the philosophy of humanism, which emphasized the importance of individual achievement in a wide range of fields. The early humanists, such as writer Francesco Petrarch, studied the works of the ancient Greeks and Romans for inspiration and ideology, mixing the philosophies of Plato and other ancient thinkers with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

Under the influence of the humanists, literature and the arts climbed to new levels of importance.
Though it eventually spread through Europe, the Renaissance began in the great city-states of Italy. Italian merchants and political officials supported and commissioned the great artists of the day, thus the products of the Renaissance grew up inside their walls.

The Space Renaissance also began in Italy and from there it is spreading into the Cosmos.



Call for Papers

The 2017 conference and International Congress will include a number of symposia. We are, therefore, announcing a preliminary call for papers on the topic of “SPACE, Not WAR!” in all related disciplines. These may include, but are in no way are confined to the following topics:

  • Cooperation not Confrontation
  • The Geo-Political Challenges
  • The Militarization of Space
  • Space and Peace Synergies
  • Legal Issues of Space Development
  • Earth Problems: Earth Solutions vs. Space Solutions
  • Space Development Strategies
  • An Agenda for Space Settlement
  • Private Space Initiatives
  • The Cultural Dimension of Space
  • The Impact of Space on Society
  • The Economics of Space
  • Space Resources
  • Space Tourism
  • Energy from Space
  • Space Science: Urgent Themes
  • Scenarios and Choices for the Future
  • The History and Role of Astronautics
  • Humanity's Purpose in the Cosmos
  • Creating a Space Renaissance

A detailed Call for Papers
can be found here.

Space Renaissance International

Space Renaissance International’s executive committee has adopted the theme “SPACE, Not WAR!" for SRI’s Second International Congress, which will be held during 2017 in Italy, the home of the original Renaissance and SRI’s incorporation.

The First International Congress was held over three days in June and July 2011 and conducted entirely via Skype. At that time the organisation’s strategic direction and plans were established through to the next Congress.

Anyone may participate and contribute to SRI’s direction for the coming years by becoming a member. For details see:
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