Paper cranes made by elementary school students in Cuba were presented recently at the Children’s Peace Monument in Peace Memorial Park with the help of local students.
“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:
- Another Year, Another Dollar: Preliminary Reflections on June 12th and Nuclear Abolition
- The New Nuclear Era: A Peace Education Imperative for a Civil Society Movement
- Nuclear Weapons are Illegal: the 2017 Treaty
- Nuclear Weapons and the Ukraine War: A Declaration of Concern
- The New Nuclear Reality”
- “Turning Fear into Action”: A Conversation with Cora Weiss
- 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.
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.”
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.
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.