Winning the Nobel peace prize confirms my life’s mission to help end nuclear weapons
It seems that the superpowers of the world have not taken their history lessons as seriously as many of us had hoped they would. Which is why it is heartening that the majority of the world, 122 states, have stepped up and shown leadership.
“People say nuclear disarmament is unrealistic, but what is truly unrealistic is to pretend our luck will continue to hold, and that these appalling weapons will never be used. The humanitarian impacts are too great, and the risks too high. read here
Peace Boat in Australia http://www.icanw.org/au/making-waves/?utm_source=Newsletter%3A+International+Campaign+to+Abolish+Nuclear+Weapons&utm_campaign=40085d7d8b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_16&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3ab25a3b34-40085d7d8b-54668321&mc_cid=40085d7d8b&mc_eid=96e2469f8e
Will our Nobel peace prize convince Australia to give up nuclear weapons?
On Sunday in Oslo, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (Ican) was awarded the 2017 Nobel peace prize for
“its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons”.
The prize references the treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons, which was adopted by a vote of 122 to 1 at the United Nations in New York on 7 July 2017. It provides a historic watershed; a moment of truth regarding the only weapons which pose an existential threat to the entirety of humanity and our living planet.
Ican was a driving force behind the treaty, working closely with governments and other bodies such as the Red Cross to get it over the line, and it could not have come at a better or more urgent time.
For far too long these weapons have loomed over humanity, threatening to obliterate us any day. For far too long the voices who told us that these global suicide bombs were crucial to our security held sway.
A Christmas message from ‘Nuclear Free’ campaigner Dave Sweeny of the Australian Conservation Foundation leveraged the awarding of a Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons, into a broadside against the peaceful expression of any nuclear technology. The Australian Conservation Foundation deserves condemnation for co-opting disarmament, an issue in which every human holds an equal stake, toward their ideological campaigns against peaceful science and technology.
How Melbourne activists launched a campaign for nuclear disarmament and won a Nobel prize https://theconversation.com/how-melbourne-activists-launched-a-campaign-for-nuclear-disarmament-and-won-a-nobel-prize-85386?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=facebookbutton