With the Russian war against Ukraine, Russia’s fear-mongering (nuclear) rhetoric and the nine nuclear-armed states’ ongoing and increasing build-up of their arsenals, it has become seemingly harder to advocate for and reach Global Zero, the total elimination of nuclear weapons.
Against this background, it is now more than ever that we need to remind ourselves of the costs of nuclear weapons: catastrophic long-term impacts on human life and our environment. Therefore, we have to listen to those most affected by the production, testing, and use of nuclear weapons.
In this dossier, activists from communities affected by nuclear weapons production, use and testing tell their stories. They are highlighting that the destructive effects of nuclear weapons do not belong to the past, but to the present. It is high time to ensure that the future looks different – for the sake of affected communities, our climate and ecosystem, and for the sake of all humankind.