Tuesday, February 7, 2017

SCIENCE MARCHES: Are All These Countries In the Dark About Nuclear Weapons?

I'm excited about the Science Marches scheduled to take place around the world on April 22, 2017.

But one thing puzzles me.

Here's a map I saw today of all the Science Marches announced to date:

Science Marches (map by Doug Duffy)

I made a mental comparison with a different version of the world map that I've been studying intently in recent months:

Vote on resolution to negotiate a ban on nuclear weapons in 2017 (L-41)
Green - Yes (123, 76%)
Red - No (38, 24%)
Beige - Abstained
(see Who would possibly vote "NO" to banning nuclear weapons???)

What I notice when I compare these two maps is that the key countries who voted NO to negotiations at the UN to ban nuclear weapons in 2017 are the same countries exhibiting great enthusiasm about April 22 Science Marches -- the US, Canada, Australia, and the EU countries.

Now, there is no doubt in my mind that the people who have the most insight about the devastating consequences of nuclear weapons -- and can best grasp the nature of the risk involved -- are trained scientists.

How can it be that the countries that are so rich in scientific spirit are the same ones obstructing the effort to get rid of nuclear weapons?

So here's my question to all the scientists: will you cause your governments to hear and heed your voices in time for them to come out from under the nuclear shadow and into the light of a world free from the danger of nuclear catastrophe?


. . . on the scientists at the Chicago Metallurgical Laboratory (the "Met Lab") who spoke up too late.
. . . how International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) put influenced Gorbachev on nuclear disarmament.
How to get involved in the nuclear ban campaign.


FACTS we should see at every #ScienceMarch: Impact of #nuclear #war
"Impact on Environment and Agriculture" from Reaching Critical Will
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UPDATE March 27: "Over 3,000 Scientists Support UN Nuclear Ban Negotiations" - "Delegates from most UN member states are gathering in New York to negotiate a nuclear weapons ban, where they will also receive a letter of support that has been signed by thousands of scientists from around over 80 countries – including 28 Nobel Laureates and a former US Secretary of Defense. “Scientists bear a special responsibility for nuclear weapons, since it was scientists who invented them and discovered that their effects are even more horrific than first thought”, the letter explains." (emphasis added)

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