Nuclear Free Future Month
NUCLEAR-FREE FUTURE MONTH: TIME TO PHASE OUT NUCLEAR POWER AND START NEGOTIATIONS ON A TREATY TO ABOLISH NUCLEAR WEAPONS!
Did you know?
—Approximately 16,400 nuclear weapons, most held by the U.S. and Russia, pose an intolerable threat to humanity. The International Red Cross has warned that “incalculable human suffering” will result from any use of nuclear weapons, and that there can be no adequate humanitarian response.
–With the U.S.- Russia conflict over the Ukraine and the U.S. “strategic pivot” to the Asia-Pacific we have entered a new era of confrontation among nuclear-armed powers and dangers of great power wars. Nuclear tensions in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and on the Korean peninsula remind us that the threat of nuclear war is ever present.
—As currently planned, maintaining and modernizing the U.S. nuclear arsenal will exceed $1 trillion over the next 30 years!
–The bi-partisan U.S. Conference of Mayors has called on the President and Congress to slash nuclear weapons spending and to redirect those funds to meet the urgent needs of cities, declaring: “Our nation’s deep economic crisis can only be addressed by adopting new priorities to create a sustainable economy for the 21st century.”
–Our government should be working in good faith to eliminate all nuclear arms, not misdirecting more of our tax dollars to “modernize” these weapons of mass destruction.
–Nuclear weapons and nuclear power are two aspects of the same beast. Every step of the nuclear chain contributes directly or through connecting steps to the virtually permanent contamination of our atmosphere, watersheds, soil and organic life. Nuclear power powers the bomb! Nuclear power is not the solution to global climate change.
It has been 69 years since the United States dropped atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing much of their populations in an instant. Tens of thousands more died from injuries or radiation sickness in the months that followed. The rest were condemned to live their lives in fear of radiation-induced cancers, and their descendants to this day face increased risk of health effects caused by genetic damage.
The U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and the second on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. For decades, these dates have been adopted as times to pause to remember the victims, and also to remember that the threat posed by nuclear weapons remains with us. They also are a time to reflect on the broader dangers created by the global spread of nuclear technology as a means to generate nuclear power. Despite the inherent risks of nuclear power generation, demonstrated decisively by the 2011 catastrophe at Fukushima, the immense global nuclear industry continues to push for new nuclear deals, always claiming that the next generation of nuclear power plants will be safe and affordable, despite a record of broken promises stretching back to the dawn of the atomic age.
Let us use the tragic anniversaries of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the month of August to expand our circles in order to put our planet on the path to sustainability, ending the nuclear scourge once and for all. Let us use this month to reach out and dialogue with people and organizations beyond the peace movement and our usual partners, coalitions and friends; to educate, to inspire courage and creativity, to illustrate the steps we can take toward abolition, and to build a powerful constituency for a Nuclear Free Future.
We can have a Nuclear Free World!
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