A Humanitarian Campaign

Iowa City Nuclear Free SignThis is the first in a series of new posts about the humanitarian campaign to abolish nuclear weapons.

“Since the end of the Cold War we have acted as though the problem of nuclear war has gone away. Unfortunately it hasn’t.” ~International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW)

“I am very worried that people don’t think there is a real danger that nuclear weapons will be used. I hope you will read these materials in order to truly understand how bad a nuclear exchange of any kind will really be. Nuclear weapons are a real and present danger. A nuclear detonation can happen, and in fact will happen, if we don’t get rid of the weapons.” ~Rotarian Action Group for Peace

“Nuclear weapons are unique in their destructive power, in the unspeakable human suffering they cause, in the impossibility of controlling their effects in space and time, and in the threat they pose to the environment, to future generations, and indeed to the survival of humanity.” ~International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies

“The willingness of the world as a whole to move forward in a constructive manner to eliminate nuclear weapons has never been more evident.  Yet a very small number of States stand in the way, trying to block progress and to find a comprehensive solution to the problem that goes on year after year in paralysis and obfuscation.” ~The Holy See

Here is a brief video framing the discussion, narrated by Ira Helfand, co-president of IPPNW:

To read more about the international campaign to abolish nuclear weapons, click here.

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