Nuclear Disarmament The Basics

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Published on November 11, 2009

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The Project for Nuclear Awareness, with the Ban All Nukes Generation Youth Network (bang-usa.org), is a Public Education Organization working to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons. We work with a wide array of people ranging from high school and college students to citizens and United States Senators and Representatives. Nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament is not an easy or simple issue and an informed citizenry is essential to confronting it. Since the end of the Cold War, a common misconception has emerged that nuclear weapons no longer pose a great threat. Making the argument that the threat is still very real and urgent is an important part of what we do.

Even though you may not feel or see it, today, we are living in an atomic age. We are living in a world with 23,000 nuclear weapons, with the ability to totally annihilate life on the plant many times over. WHY?

This presentation is designed to familiarize you with nuclear weapons, the history of the nuclear disarmament movement, and how nuclear weapons and waste have an impact on our lives today.

Your Life in a World of Nuclear Weapons THE ATOMIC AGE Presented by Project for Nuclear Awareness © PNA, October 2009. All rights reserved, contact PNA for use with credit.

HISTORY OF DISSENT THE NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT MOVEMENT Late 1940s Scientists, Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors 1960's Movement Against Nuclear Testing 1963 Partial Test Ban Treaty, NPT, 1980s Nuclear Freeze Movement changes Reagan's Mind START1: Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty

Late 1940s Scientists, Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors

1960's Movement Against Nuclear Testing

1963 Partial Test Ban Treaty, NPT,

1980s Nuclear Freeze Movement changes Reagan's Mind

START1: Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty

THE COLD WAR LEGACY The United States and Russia = 95% of global nuclear weapons arsenal The U.S. and Russia each have 2,500 missiles on hair trigger alert, ready to launch in 15 minutes . U.S. has maintained high level of military spending since Cold War, unlike allies New Threats of Today: Nuclear Terrorism

The United States and Russia = 95% of global nuclear weapons arsenal

The U.S. and Russia each have 2,500 missiles on hair trigger alert, ready to launch in 15 minutes .

U.S. has maintained high level of military

spending since Cold War,

unlike allies

New Threats of Today: Nuclear Terrorism

“ We will make the goal of eliminating all nuclear weapons a central element in our nuclear policy.” “ We’ll negotiate with Russia to achieve deep reductions in both our nuclear arsenals and… work with other …powers to reduce global stockpiles dramatically.” “ We will work with the Senate to ratify the Comprehensive-Test-Ban Treaty….” “ I will seek a global ban on the production of fissile materials.” “ I will not develop new nuclear weapons.” U.S. President Barack Obama

NUCLEAR SPENDING US FEDERAL BUDGET FY 2008 FIGURES IN $ BILLION

 

HEALTH EFFECTS Radiation Poisoning Internal damage to nerve cells Severe loss of white blood cells (susceptible to disease) Reduced production of blood platelets (Hemorrhaging) Cancers , leukemia, multiple myeloma, sterility, miscarriages, hyperthyroidism, blood disorders premature aging Still born, long-term gene mutations, mental disorders. Damaged/ Destroyed healthcare infrastructure

Radiation Poisoning

Internal damage to nerve cells

Severe loss of white blood cells (susceptible to disease)

Reduced production of blood platelets (Hemorrhaging)

Cancers , leukemia, multiple myeloma, sterility, miscarriages, hyperthyroidism, blood disorders premature aging

Still born, long-term gene mutations, mental disorders.

Damaged/ Destroyed healthcare infrastructure

ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS Hanford Washington- 53 Million gallons of radioactive waste Life span of radioactive waste= 100,000 + years No long term storage solution Environmental Colonialism Reduce use of nuclear materials Tighten monitoring of nuclear waste Increase funding for solutions for waste storage

Hanford Washington- 53 Million gallons of radioactive waste

Life span of radioactive waste= 100,000 + years

No long term storage solution

Environmental Colonialism

Reduce use of nuclear materials

Tighten monitoring of nuclear waste

Increase funding for solutions for waste storage

 

AGRICULTURAL IMPACT: CANADA

THE BOMB TODAY Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones Nuclear weapons states Nuclear sharing Neither, but NPT

NUCLEAR TREATIES FOR A WORLD WITHOUT NUCLEAR WEAPONS START-Plus Treaty: A strategic arms treaty between US and Russia, which expires in December. Obama and Medvedev have agreed to cut strategic nuclear arms by 30%. Tactical nukes: The US should remove tactical nuclear weapons from Central Europe.   Fissile Materials: Require improved monitoring system for nuclear materials to prevent the construction of new weapons. CTBT: We need a comprehensive test ban, to stop the arms race from resuming, and growing. Needed: Agreements with Iran, North Korea, to respect and enforce the NPT- Non-Proliferation Treaty. September 24 th s UN Security Council meeting , chaired by President Obama, showed consensus for a nuclear weapons-free world. December: The Copenhagen Climate Treaty Conference on climate change shows the world is deeply concerned about the environment. However, environmental reform is incomplete without nuclear disarmament. Nothing can damage the biosphere more permanently, than nuclear weapons use.

START-Plus Treaty: A strategic arms treaty between US and Russia, which expires in December. Obama and Medvedev have agreed to cut strategic nuclear arms by 30%.

Tactical nukes: The US should remove tactical nuclear weapons from Central Europe.

 

Fissile Materials: Require improved monitoring system for nuclear materials to prevent the construction of new weapons.

CTBT: We need a comprehensive test ban, to stop the arms race from resuming, and growing.

Needed: Agreements with Iran, North Korea, to respect and enforce the NPT- Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Time for Decision: Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty CTBT conference September 2009 Global ban on nuclear testing will prevent new nuclear weapons Nine nations must ratify, including U.S. 67 votes needed in the U.S. Senate, including 7-10 Republican Senators Tell your Senator to support the CTBT

CTBT conference September 2009

Global ban on nuclear testing will prevent new nuclear weapons

Nine nations must ratify, including U.S.

67 votes needed in the U.S. Senate, including 7-10 Republican Senators

Tell your Senator to support the CTBT

Learn More. Take Action. International Youth Dialogue for Disarmament October 26 th -27, 2009 Ongoing Congressional visits to D.C.- PNA Visits on Test Ban and treaties Youth Visits- State Dept. and Congress- see us for the dates! Register for conferences, or Info: www.projectfornuclearawarenss.org www.bang-usa.org Call PNA: 215-546-3030 Email: infopna@gmail.com Washington Trips: Call or Email PNA- Emily Gleason [email_address] Kim Nguyen [email_address]

International Youth Dialogue for Disarmament

October 26 th -27, 2009

Ongoing Congressional visits to D.C.-

PNA Visits on Test Ban and treaties

Youth Visits- State Dept. and Congress- see us for the dates!

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