It’s two and a half minutes to midnight. Then it all ends. That pale blue dot Carl Sagan once described will be gone. I mean, the pale blue dot might still be there, but we will all be gone.
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has announced that we are now very close to destroying the world with dangerous technologies of our own making. 96% to be precise (two and half minutes to midnight!).
How did we end up here? Long story short –
The United States was the first country to develop nuclear weapons and the only one to have used them in war. After the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings in 1945, it was clear that building or acquiring nuclear weapons was important to stay in power, AND, to keep those powers from attacking you.
And then there are…
Russia, UK, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, North Korea on top of the list.
A nuclear accidental explosion, let alone a war, affects all of us regardless of where we are. Every country has a stake in it, not just the big brothers because present day nuclear bombs dwarf the atom bomb used Hiroshima by 6,666 times. Yes, you read that right – six thousand six hundred and sixty six!
Realizing the urgency of the situation, the First Committee of the General Assembly adopted the resolution in October 2016 to negotiate “a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination” which is now supported by 123 countries. The next step will include producing a draft in the coming weeks, and the final negotiations on the draft will happen from mid-June to 7 July, 2017 at the United Nations (UN) in New York.
It seems worthless trying to get the unwilling super-powers to get on board with the nuclear weapons ban. The matter is both grave and choice less, however. So far, negotiations for nuclear disarmament have not succeeded, and other proposals haven’t worked. Thanks to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a coalition of non-government organizations all over the globe advocating for a strong and effective nuclear weapons ban treaty, the final negotiations happening this June-July at the UN is a critical point in history. This ban treaty is the next best move.
So, what can you do? ☞
❀ Ask your country to support this treaty.
An effective way to make your voice known is to join a movement in your country that is already supporting this cause. Also, contact your government representatives to support the nuclear ban treaty. Do it now!
❀ Meditate for Peace.
The One Minute Meditation of Peace is a campaign advocating 1-minute meditation for peace. Easy-to-do and effective – this campaign is designed to bring peace inside and outside; to the self and to the environment. One of the many humanitarian actions of the Raelian Movement, this campaign has been spreading all over the world now.
As much as you can.
❀ Support the march.
The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, member of ICAN, will be coordinating a rally and march in New York on June 17, 2017 demanding the nuclear ban treaty. Support this march if you live close by after all it only makes sense to support a women-led rally to counteract the macho-tendencies of our world leaders.
And while you do your part to support the nuclear ban treaty and save the planet, be sure to enjoy life every single day!
because the pale blue dot will still make its way around the sun with or without us.