WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT THE NUCLEAR THREAT
In interviews on the street, in conversations with mothers, activists, millennials, we hear different responses to the nuclear threat. Here are some of the things people have said to us. What do you think?
You just have to live your life.
If you think about the nuclear threat, you will just become paranoid. Better not to think about it. Better not to give it energy. Thoughts are things. Focus on the positive.
It is too big a problem.
I don’t think I can make a difference. It is too late. Things have gone too far. I feel helpless.
We first have to change ourselves individually.
If individuals don’t dissolve their own fear, anger, ambitions to dominate and take over other’s lives, nothing will change. We have to remove these roots of war, otherwise, even if we did get rid of nuclear weapons, we will just use our human genius to create other terrible weapons. We’ve been doing it for thousands of years.
For my children, grandchildren, I need to do something.
I had no idea there was this nuclear threat today. I want to know more about this. I want to do something.
We need a reimagined 21st century peace movement.
In the 1980s, people of all ages, from all walks of life, transcended religious, racial, ethnic, gender, socio-economic, and partisan divides, woke up to the nuclear danger and took action. And we had the greatest arms reduction in history. We can do it again. It is already happening. I am part of it.
We must take a nuclear policy developed in the back rooms of government, by men in suits with power, democratize it and eliminate it.
Nuclear weapons are one manifestation of a larger system that marginalizes, oppresses and inflicts violence on people. People from all walks of life can join together to take strategic action to bring peace and justice. We can do it.
There are things we can do that matter.
In my city, in my state, we passed a resolution to put checks and balances on the president’s authority to launch nuclear weapons. If we push it all the way through Congress, it could make a real difference. It might save the world from a civilization-ending event. I am stoked to get on with it.