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"No mouse would ever construct a mousetrap." Why would we?
December 2, 2011
years from now when the history of our time is written, some may
reflect that a small but meaningful step that preserved our world was
taken this week. In the US, the event passed with little notice. There
was holiday shopping to do. Still it is worth noting that a powerful
and respected group acted to avert global disaster. The question for us
now is whether we will heed their clarion call and act in unison to
shape our policies so that a future - any future - can exist.
a historic decision, the International Federation of Red Cross &
Red Crescent Societies adopted a resolution calling for the abolition of
nuclear weapons and urging all of their affiliates to conduct
educational campaigns about the unique, catastrophic humanitarian
consequences of nuclear war.
globally respected body’s action comes at a critical time in the
history of our world. All over the earth, people are waking up to the
sad reality that the path we are on is dangerously unsustainable.
Activists, organizers, and everyday people are finding that by taking
steps together we can, in fact, change the world.
this moment of awakening, there is an opportunity to focus new and
renewed energy on the enormous destructive potential of nuclear weapons.
In recent years, many people have been lulled into a dangerous and
false sense of security. Some have come to believe that after the end
of the cold war, we need not be concerned about these horrific weapons.
In reality, this technology is spreading and remains a grave threat to
our health and to our very survival.
an organization that is among the most highly esteemed in the world is
boldly speaking out on behalf of all who care about the future of our
planet and our species. One delegate reminded the gathering of Albert
Einstein’s quotation, “Mankind invented the atomic bomb, but no mouse
would ever construct a mousetrap.”
had the intellectual capacity to construct the tools of our own
destruction. Will we now demonstrate the wisdom to step back from the
brink and choose a different path?
resolution provides a rare opportunity to do just that. They remind us
that this issue should be beyond national borders and partisan politics
and instead should be a rallying cry for all citizens of this planet to
act together to ensure our very survival. These health care and relief
workers, who do so much to help those most in need in times of crisis,
realize that they will not be able to adequately respond in the
aftermath of a nuclear detonation. No one can. In this case, the only
treatment is prevention.
enormity of this reality is hard to face. Understandably, even when we
catch a glimpse of this truth, most of us turn away and try to get on
with our lives. But, if we are to avert this looming disaster, we must
face the painful reality and act together. And, we must do so now before
it is too late.
don’t want to wake up the day after a mushroom cloud has changed our
world forever and wish we had done more. Instead, let us join together
as one people and declare these weapons what they truly are - an affront
to all we hold dear, to all the beauty of the past, and to all the
potential of our future.
cannot know, at this moment, what the future may hold, but we can come
to understand that our very future is slipping away. Over our long
history humans have created enormous beauty. Who knows what we might
accomplish if we find a sustainable path and continue our journey for
many years to come?
preeminent international emergency response organization has sent us a
clear wake up call. Will we hit the snooze button and go back to
holiday shopping or will we realize the enormity of the danger we face
and find a way to act together to preserve all that our future might
To take action to prevent nuclear war visit 1 More 4 Zero.org
A brief video highlights the diverse and international movement
building to eliminate nuclear weapons worldwide. You can learn more and
sign up to join the campaign.
this resolution has just passed, some national affiliates are already
beginning this vital work. Check out the creative campaign of the
Australian Red Cross to "Make Nuclear Weapons the Target"
.Read the resolution »