Taue Tomihisa, Mayor of Nagasaki issued this Peace Declaration on August 9, 2022, resolving to make “Nagasaki be the last place to suffer an atomic bombing,”
Kate Hudson, General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament argues that we cannot rely on luck to protect us from the risk of nuclear war. As we mark the 77th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we must remember what nuclear use means, and try and understand what nuclear war would look like today.
CND Peace Education is encouraging people to fold peace cranes ahead of Hiroshima Day (Aug 6) and Nagasaki Day (Aug 9). In this video, viewers can learn how to create an origami crane and also the inspirational story of Sadako Sasaki who survived the bomb which fell on Hiroshima, and how she made the peace crane a global symbol of peace.
The letter from Helen Young is a response to “Plowshares and Pandemics,” an earlier article in our Corona Connections series that highlighted Helen’s film, “The Nuns the Priests and the Bombs.” Helen illuminates the great difference in scale of the consequent damage and the long-term effects inherent in the existential threats of nuclear weapons in comparison to COVID-19.
Japan’s two atomic-bombed cities are enthusiastic about peace education. The city of Hiroshima has a 12-year-long peace education program covering elementary to high school students. The city of Nagasaki launched classes this year that focus on dialogue between hibakusha and students, not just on listening to the tales of survivors.
As the only country that has ever suffered nuclear attacks in war, Japan has a responsibility to ensure that memories of what Hiroshima and Nagasaki went through will be passed on to future generations as part of its efforts to promote the movement toward a world without nuclear weapons. The challenge facing Japan is how to accomplish this mission in the face of a growing indifference and a lack of understanding among the public as well as the withering effects of pressure against their efforts.