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The goal of Nuclear-Free Planet is far-reaching public education about the often underestimated and poorly understood medical hazards of nuclear weapons and nuclear power. Our focus is on the grave danger posed to public health by radiation, by the contribution of nuclear power to global warming, and by the real capacity of nuclear weapons, technology, and waste, to render parts or all of the earth uninhabitable forever.

Call to Action.

I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into the hell of thermonuclear destruction. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant. I believe that even amid today’s mortar bursts and whining bullets, there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow.
Martin Luther King, Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech.

As we move through this critical decade of climate change, we cannot afford to look backward: to an energy source that consistently fails to live up to its promise of being safe, clean, and inexpensive. Instead of energy “too cheap to meter,” we have a worldwide clean-up bill too great to calculate. As we take critical first steps towards disarmament, we face a proliferation problem induced by the international spread of nuclear power that may rival the dangers of the Cold War. We cannot exchange global warming for nuclear winter. The fate of our fragile planet rests in our hands.

To this end, we look toward a sustainable future, toward the development and use of truly renewable energy sources, at the interconnectedness of all life, and the implications of our actions on the world that we live in. We need to think in long terms. With education comes the responsibility of action. We must be vigilant, efficient, and outspoken. If the world is going to change, we need to change with it. If we want peace, we need to speak out against war and unforgivable weapons.

Our reliance on fossil fuels and nuclear energy is destroying the earth that we live on. It threatens not only our future, but the future of life as we know it. We must stand behind, and shore up the regulations we have to prevent this; demand without compromise that new, better, regulations be enacted; and insist that the use of these energy sources be stopped. If we allow partisan causes to divide us we will fail. If we let generational differences divide us we will fail. The future belongs to all of us.

Martin Luther King, in a piece called Acceptance, said: “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.” Almost 50 years later repentance may be due, but the time for acceptance is over. From the youngest child, to the eldest elder, we must speak together with one voice. We must end the appalling silence of the good.