Reverse the Race Toward Mutually Assured Destruction
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The Hiroshima/Nagasaki Accord
This historic occasion – the 75th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki - marks the first time that four of the world’s prominent international interfaith/intercultural organizations have joined together to make a common statement on any subject. Leaders of the Charter for Compassion, the Parliament of the World’s Religions, Religions for Peace and the United Religions Initiative, together, now feel compelled to speak out, as one, for nuclear abolition.
In 1945, the issues were seen in terms of war and peace. Today, there is only one nuclear weapons issue, i.e. the life of this Earth’s environment. We can keep it alive, or we can destroy it with the weapons of nine nations. We have maximized our capacity for self-delusion and self-destruction, and all life is at risk. Therefore, we must now move beyond the 1945 thinking that weds nuclear weapons to national security. Today, our bombs do not bring national security for one moment in time; they bring international insecurity for all time.
In 2020, how are we to “judge for ourselves” and reverse our dash toward nuclear annihilation?
If you are young, demand urgent governmental action before these weapons rob you and your children of a future;
If you are a diplomat, keep pounding away on the fulfillment of legal commitments, already contained in Treaties in force, that call for the reduction and elimination of the threat posed by these weapons;
If you are a religious leader: pray, preach, prophesy to stop the nuclear end of the world;
If you are not informed on these matters, become educated, subscribe to a nuclear newsletter and wake up;
If you are a politician, join parliamentarians and leaders world-wide who are working to stop the modernization and expansion of the capacity of nuclear weapons in quality and quantity. And advance policies and legislation that reduces the threat of the use of the weapons, stops their spread and leads to their elimination;
If you are a citizen, join a nuclear weapons abolition group, march in the streets, write letters, pray fervently, and demand that institutions stop investing in the nuclear weapon industry.
If you are a scientist, don’t be used by politicians who champion nuclear stockpiles, find solidarity in your ranks and reach across national boundaries to scientists in other countries.
If you are an environmentalist, recognize that nuclear weapons are the immediate and ultimate climate change for all time.
If you are a nation armed with nuclear weapons, join with other nuclear nations to establish a joint enterprise committed to working for the elimination of nuclear weapons.
We need to give birth to children who are not the targets of nuclear weapons. Let us prove the resiliency of the human spirit. Let us learn from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, an arise, now, from our nuclear darkness.
We invite you to sign our petition in support of abolishing nuclear weapons.
See the full Hiroshima/Nagasaki Accord
There are numerous nuclear disarmament initiatives currently working around the globe to make our world safer. We endorse their efforts to create a world free of nuclear weapons.
Nuclear Weapons Abolition Supporting Organizations:
Arms Control Association
The ATOM Project
Council for a Livable World
Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
Disarmament and Security Centre - New Zealand
Beyond the Bomb
Bulletin of Atomic Scientists
European Nuclear Disarmament
Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism
Global Security Institute
International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, ICAN
International Peace Bureau
International Physician for the Prevention of Nuclear War
Middle Powers Initiative
Nuclear Free World Policy
Nuclear Watch New Mexico
The Nuclear Threat Initiative
Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean, OPANAL
Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament
Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs
The Ribbon International
The William J. Perry Project
United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs
World Disarmament Campaign
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
European Nuclear Disarmament
World Beyond War
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