On the International Day Against Nuclear Tests, 29th August, members of Calder Valley CND got together in the rain to say ‘We Want to Live – Climate not Trident’.
The event was part of a call out by national CND for Climate not Trident actions across the country as part of Extinction Rebellion’s We Want to Live weekend of action.
The idea was to raise awareness of the climate emergency, to demand change and to highlight the crucial links between climate change and nuclear weapons – the twin existential threats that we face.
The two issues are closely linked. The fallout of a nuclear war would have devastating effects on our eco-system and even a ‘small’ localised nuclear conflict would lead to crops failing in dozens of countries — devastating food supplies for more than one billion people. And a nuclear winter would dramatically alter the chemistry of the oceans, probably decimating coral reefs and other marine ecosystems.
For the future of us all, the solution to climate change must involve global nuclear disarmament.
Calder Valley CND produced a short video of the event here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcoPbw0tiy0&feature=youtu.be
More information on International Day Against Nuclear Tests here: https://www.un.org/en/observances/end-nuclear-tests-day