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War and climate, a necessary debate

These two topics both represent clear and growing threats, and raising awareness of this is a necessity. Organisations that have been fighting against war, and who understand that the topic of the environment is also crucial, know that. How to work on this and how to mobilise are some of the aspects that will be discussed at the end of the month at Marchmont Community Centre.

 

Nicolas Romero García

 

In the United Kingdom the only known nuclear arms programme is called “Trident”.

According to an article published in The Guardian recently: “Britain has committed itself to buying a new generation of nuclear warheads to replace Trident, which will be based on US technology.

The decision was revealed by Pentagon officials who disclosed it before an official announcement has been made by the government”.

MPs, politicians and experts on the subject have publicly complained of the situation, asking if we have learned anything in the past about the catastrophes that nuclear weapons have caused and can cause.

MP and co-leader of the Liberal Democrats, Ed Davey, said of the government’s new approach that: “it is totally unacceptable that the Government seems to have given the green light to the development of new nuclear weapon technologies with zero consultation and zero scrutiny”.

Furthermore, the United Kingdom began the year with a battering from Storm Ciara, which damaged properties and caused flooding, whilst in the last four years, more than 3,400 people have died as a result of climate change. 

The above scenario has led Youth and Student CND (a branch of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament for anyone under the age of 25) to invite young people to actively get involved in the issues facing the world, and to issue a call for the government to divert its investment focus, which, according to the organisation, is misdirected: “Every pound of the £205 billion that the UK government spends on a new nuclear weapons system could have instead been spent investing in renewable energy sources or green technologies”.

The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), is taking action to motivate people to unite, and thus strengthen the movement against nuclear weapons development and encourage the creation of a strategy to counter climate change.

Therefore, it has organised War and climate: the two big threats, an event that raises a series of questions which will be discussed and resolved by participants: “What sort of actions should we be arranging? What should we post on our Instagram account? Is ‘Books not Bombs’ a good slogan? These are the kind of things to be discussed and we need your input.”

The day will include sessions on how to build links with other organisations, how to use social media and how to get people mobilised in campaigns against the development of nuclear weapons. Youth and Student CND officers will also be elected for 2020.

Date and place: Saturday 28th March, 12:00 – 16:00. Marchmont Community Centre, 62 Marchmont St, London, WC1N 1AB, United Kingdom. For more information click here.

(Translated by Rebecca Ndhlovu – Email: rebeccandhlovu@hotmail.co.uk) – Photos: Pixabay

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