#nuclear abolition

“The New Nuclear Era” is a week-long series of posts (June 2022) intended to serve as an introduction to education toward the elimination of nuclear weapons, and to inspire peace educators to address the urgency of a renewed civil society movement for the abolition of nuclear weapons. The series commemorates and reflects upon the 40th anniversary of the largest single anti-war and weapons manifestation in the history of the 20th-century peace movement, the 1 million-person march for the abolition of nuclear weapons that took place at Central Park in New York City on June 12, 1982.

We recommend reviewing the posts in order as they are structured as a learning sequence:

  1. Another Year, Another Dollar: Preliminary Reflections on June 12th and Nuclear Abolition
  2. The New Nuclear Era: A Peace Education Imperative for a Civil Society Movement
  3. Nuclear Weapons are Illegal: the 2017 Treaty
  4. Nuclear Weapons and the Ukraine War: A Declaration of Concern
  5. The New Nuclear Reality”
  6. “Turning Fear into Action”: A Conversation with Cora Weiss
  7. Commemoration and Commitment: Documenting June 12, 1982 as a Festival for Life

In addition to the “The New Nuclear Era” series, you will also find below an extended archive of posts on nuclear abolition suitable to adoption for peacelearning purposes.

How Should We Remember the Invention of the Atomic Bomb?

Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” reintroduced the bomb to the world, but he didn’t show us what it did to the bombed. Telling that part of the story may be the only thing that can save us from the same cruel fate. Ms. Kyoka Mochida, and her teacher, Ms. Fukumoto, from Motomachi High School in Hiroshima, tell the story of the art project addressing this gap: “Picture of the Atomic Bomb.”

Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy seeks Executive Director

New York City-based Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy seeks an executive director who will lead advocacy efforts for the abolition of nuclear weapons through respect for international and domestic law and is responsible for all aspects of LCNP operations.

Finding Hope in the Climate – Peace – Disarmament Nexus

An inter-generational dialogue on how global governance solutions can tackle existential threats from nuclear weapons, climate change and war hosted by Citizens for Global Solutions, Youth Fusion, and World Federalist Movement/Institute for Global Policy. Two online sessions: July 13 and July 20.

New resources on the nuclear ban treaty

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons has launched a new webpage to help observers keep track of the work in the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Other resources include Reaching Critical Will’s new paper on “The TPNW and Gender, Feminism, and Intersectionality.”

90 seconds till midnight

It’s 90 seconds till midnight. We are closer to the brink of nuclear war than at any point since the first and only use of nuclear weapons in 1945. While most reasonable people understand the need to abolish these weapons, few officials have been willing to suggest elimination as a first step. Fortunately, there is a voice of reason in a growing grassroots coalition: this Back from the Brink movement supports the elimination of nuclear weapons through a negotiated, verifiable time-bound process with the common sense precautionary measures necessary during the process to prevent nuclear war.

Why condemn threats to use nuclear weapons?

Russia’s threats to use nuclear weapons have heightened tensions, reduced the threshold for use of nuclear weapons, and greatly increased the risk of nuclear conflict and global catastrophe.  This briefing paper prepared by ICAN provides an overview of why delegitimization of these threats is urgent, necessary and effective.

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