Demand the President of the United States publicly acknowledges and addresses the threat the US nuclear arsenal poses to the continued existence of Life on Earth.
To the President of the United States
Authoritative peer-reviewed scientific studies (see References, below) predict that the detonation of even a small fraction of US and Russian nuclear arsenals in cities or industrial areas will leave the Earth essentially uninhabitable. Yet these studies have been ignored by you and all leaders of the nuclear weapon states as well as the mainstream media. Consequently most people are unaware of these scientific predictions, and do not realize the continued modernization of nuclear arsenals means preparation for a war that will destroy the human race. It is imperative that this information be widely publicized and that you, and the leaders of the other nations possessing nuclear weapons, take all necessary actions to prevent a nuclear war that would end human existence.
- “Self-Assured Destruction: The climate impacts of Nuclear War,” by Alan Robock and Owen Brian Toon, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 2012
- “Nuclear winter revisited with a modern climate model and current nuclear arsenals: Still catastrophic consequences,” Alan Robock, Luke Oman, and Georgiy L. Stenchikov, Journal of Geophysical Research, 2007
- “Atmospheric effects and societal consequences of regional scale nuclear conflicts and acts of individual nuclear terrorism,”
O.B. Toon, R.P. Turco, et al, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 2007
PRIMARY GOAL OF THIS PETITION:
The political and military leaders of the states possessing nuclear weapons, and particularly the leaders of the United States and Russia, must publicly acknowledge and discuss the existential threat that their nuclear arsenals now pose to all peoples and nations, as well as to the animals and complex life forms of Earth. They must also take all necessary actions to ban and eliminate existing nuclear arsenals, which if detonated in conflict or by accident, would end human existence and as well as that of all other complex forms of life.
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