Senator Douglas Roche argues that the challenge of globalization is to spend new wealth to fight poverty, not to stockpile weapons. While 30,000 children die each day from easily preventable diseases, the world spends $781 billion a year on weapons. To spend on bread, not bombs, Roche writes, a "transformation of human consciousness, as great as the transformative power of globalization itself must occur". This year’s Wintermeyer Lecture has been coordinated with the Right Livelihood, Right Living series of lectures and workshops on faith, ecology, and simple living sponsored by the Diocese of Hamilton Social Awareness Office/Justice and Peace Commission, The Working Centre of Kitchener, the Jesuit Centre for Social Faith and Justice Ecology Project and St. Jerome's University.
Senator Douglas Roche O.C.
Member of the Senate of Canada (1998 - present) and Member of Parliament (1972-1984), Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament (1984-1989), Chairman of the United Nations Disarmament Committee (1988), Special Advisor on Disarmament and Security, Vatican Delegation to the UN (1989-1998), Founding Editor, Western Catholic Reporter (1965-1972)