71 years ago this Saturday, the world entered the nuclear age when America dropped a nuclear bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The destructive power the world witnessed that day, and again only days later when a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, made clear that humanity had mastered the ability to destroy itself with unimaginable weapons of war.
Today, more than seven decades later, the US, Russia, and 7 other countries possess more than 15,000 nuclear bombs, every one with a destructive power far greater than the one that destroyed Hiroshima.
But here’s the thing: it doesn’t have to be that way. We can choose to rid the world of the most deadly and dangerous weapons ever created. But that will only happen if we fight for it.
Saturday, August 6, is the 71st anniversary of the horrific bombing of Hiroshima and newspapers all across America will once again mark this anniversary with stories and editorials about the past, present, and future of nuclear weapons. This year, they’ll be writing as President Obama is reportedly considering major changes to America’s nuclear policy – changes that would make us safer and decrease the likelihood of nuclear war.
That’s why we need to speak up, right now, and make our voices heard. Writing a Letter to the Editor is one of the quickest, most effective ways to fight for peace. Policymakers at every level, from the Mayor’s office to the White House closely track newspapers to see what their constituents are saying about the news. So let’s make sure that when they read the paper this weekend, they hear our call for finally getting rid of the deadliest weapons ever created.
Nuclear weapons make us all less safe. Every day, their mere existence threatens our way of life. The use of just one nuclear weapon would not only flatten an entire city and kill unprecedented numbers of innocent civilians, it would completely change the world – politically, economically, and environmentally. We simply can’t afford to let that happen.
Getting rid of nuclear weapons isn’t going to be easy. We know we have a long fight ahead of us. But with stakes this high, we can’t afford to sit by and simply wait until millions die in a nuclear attack. The time to fight for peace, for a future free of nuclear weapons, is right now.