Unlike the pandemic, nuclear war can be stopped before it begins

Nuclear weapons have been posing a threat to humanity for 75 years — ever since the U.S. bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.

Originally published at https://wagingnonviolence.org on August 4, 2020.

ICAN has campaigned for a ban treaty on nuclear weapons, inside and outside the United Nations headquarters, for over a decade (Flickr/ICAN)
What will it take to ban the bomb?

The road to nuclear disarmament

Today, nine countries possess nuclear weapons — the United States, China, the United Kingdom, Russia, France, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea — and it is estimated that they possess almost 15,000 nuclear warheads in total. Yet another report shows that 22 countries currently have one kilogram or more of weapons-usable nuclear materials, compared to 32 nations six years ago.

Meet the people behind the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, who are taking big steps toward a global ban on such weapons (Flickr/Ari Beser/ICAN).

The humanitarian appeal

The ruins of central Hiroshima after the nuclear attack in 1945. (U.S. National Archives)

The role of peace education

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation is a partner organization of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Yet their focus has been on training people in peace literacy.

Global sustainability researcher. Writing about the controversial relationships among People, Nature, and Economy.