“Eliminating nuclear weapons before they eliminate us is the litmus test for humanity.”
Most of my working life was spent in the nuclear industry. But I now volunteer for CND Peace Education. These are really quite opposite – the nuclear industry creates nuclear weapons, but CND wants them banned. What made me switch sides? A documentary called Countdown to Zero was the starting point for me. It jolted me to do some research of my own. The facts shocked me, especially concerning the terrible suffering of the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I was also surprised about just how little I knew, even with my nuclear background, and I thought that probably most people didn’t know either. So that’s why I’m now involved in peace education – to share the facts so that people can make an informed opinion.
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it (George Santayana)
The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 are the only times nuclear weapons have been used on real people. Most died a lingering and tortuous death. Survivors also suffered, even till today. To have any idea of what a nuclear weapon really is we must try to understand their suffering – that’s the purpose of the three videos below.
I know not with what weapons WW3 will be fought, but WW4 will be fought with sticks and stones (Albert Einstein)
Although the Cold War has ended, the risks of nuclear war remain. Most people are probably not aware of these risks, judging by the lack of attention they get in the media. Either way the risks are real, serious and with us 24-7. They are divided into three main areas – Mishaps, Miscalculation and Madness.
The best way to predict your future is to create it (Abraham Lincoln)
The worst case scenario is nuclear war. The best case scenario is the dismantling and disposal of all nuclear weapons and materials. But what would a nuclear war mean? And is nuclear disarmament realistic? Check out the two videos below to learn more.
Yoshito Matsushige took six photos on the day of the bombing in Hiroshima, the only known photos taken that day at ground level.
Yosuke Yamahata entered Nagasaki the day after the bomb. He took around a hundred photos over about twelve hours – the only record of the immediate aftermath of an atom bomb.
Three simple steps you can take that will make a difference:
* Get Organised. Join CND, or just stay up-to-date with their mailing list.
* Get Talking. Talk to your friends about the issue. Invite a free speaker to your school, college, university or group.