In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis that affects and stresses us all, it is difficult to think of other issues. Yet when communities come together to support one another in important work, we find hope. We are seeing from the current situation that we can radically change how we behave to save our fellow human beings from a devastating virus. What can this crisis teach us about the other existential threats to life on the planet: nuclear weapons and climate change?
To join in a discussion of these issues, you are invited to a Back from the Brink Virtual Tour at 7pm on Sunday, March 29. This was originally going to be an in-person tour from Albany to Syracuse to Rochester and Buffalo from March 28th to March 30th. However, now with the COVID-19 crisis, we are taking the tour online. We are inviting everyone in our network to join.
On Sunday, March 29th at 7 PM, Back from the Brink campaign leader Dr. Ira Helfand will pose the question: “Will COVID save the World?” Dr. Helfand is a leader in the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, both Nobel Prize-winning organizations. During this unprecedented health crisis, Dr. Helfand believes that we are learning of the necessity of listening to the public health experts when they tell us we need to take drastic action to prevent disaster. Denial is not an option if we are to protect the millions of lives that could be affected by the virus. Nor is denial an option to prevent nuclear war or to mitigate the upheavals caused by climate change. This is a teachable moment for us all.
Here is how to join the Back From the Brink Virtual Tour on Sunday, March 29 at 7 PM:
Join the Zoom Meeting with your desktop, laptop, or other device by using this link: https://zoom.us/j/
OR, join by dialing in as a regular phone call. Dial 1-929-205-6099. Enter Meeting ID: 954 502 216#.