The Struggle to Ban the Bomb
Mission & Service gifts enable the United Church to work with advocacy organizations like Project Ploughshares that seek to abolish the use of nuclear weapons.
Hiroshima could happen again. The doctrines, actions, and postures by those who embrace the purported benefits of nuclear weapons perpetuate, rather than renounce, nuclear weapons retention. Today, more than 15,000 nuclear warheads continue to threaten civilization. Even a limited nuclear exchange would bring about devastating humanitarian consequences.
The primary rationale for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons rests in the possibility that a catastrophe could occur, by accident or design, and would likely involve greater numbers of vastly more powerful bombs than those dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Until all nuclear weapons are eliminated, an entirely preventable risk lingers.
Canada boycotted the most recent effort to advance nuclear disarmament—a legal prohibition of nuclear weapons—just as the U.S. had asked. Yet apprehension about Canada’s stand is shared by Canadian civil society experts, academics, former diplomats, and a host of prominent citizens.
The use of nuclear weapons is unacceptable, and the goal of their complete elimination is not negotiable. This is why Project Ploughshares has engaged civil society partners and government officials in Canada and beyond to emphasize the urgent need for nuclear abolition and the gravity of the nuclear weapons threat.
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