Your voice matters. Communicating with your elected officials on important nuclear issues is a simple way that you can make a difference and help build a more peaceful world. All of our current actions are listed below.
Demand Common-Sense Nuclear Weapon Cost Cuts
Do you know anyone whose life has been negatively impacted by cuts to government programs? Whether it's food assistance, Social Security benefits, medical benefits, education programs -- and the list goes on -- budget cuts have hurt many of our friends and family.
Amidst this increasing austerity, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) received a 7% increase in the Obama Administration's FY2015 budget request. The NNSA is the semi-autonomous agency that builds and maintains U.S. nuclear weapons. While a 7% overall increase may not sound like much, consider this: the NNSA's budget request for non-proliferation programs is down by 21%, and funding to dismantle nuclear weapons that have been taken out of service is down by 45%. Those "savings" -- and then some -- have been applied to programs to modernize many current U.S. nuclear weapons and facilities.
Last month, companion bills were introduced in the House and Senate that would save $100 billion in the next ten years by reducing the number of nuclear weapons and cutting nuclear weapons spending. In the Senate, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced the Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures (SANE) Act (S.2070). In the House of Representatives, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced the Reduce Expenditures in the Nuclear Infrastructure Now (REIN-IN) Act (H.R. 4107).
While these bills alone will not lead to the U.S. living up to its legal and moral obligations to negotiate in good faith and achieve nuclear disarmament, it would represent some progress.
Ask your Senators and Representative to co-sponsor these bills to reduce nuclear expenditures and to support the only nuclear policy guaranteed to keep us safe: Nuclear Zero.
In addition to sending a message electronically through this system, you can call the offices of your Senators and Representative to register your opinion. You can reach the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
Nuclear Famine: Hundreds of Millions Would Die
Recent peer-reviewed studies by atmospheric scientists predict that even a relatively "limited" nuclear war between India and Pakistan, in which each side uses 50 Hiroshima-sized nuclear weapons against the other's cities, could create immense firestorms that would quickly surround the planet with a dense stratospheric smoke layer.
The black smoke would be heated by the sun, lofted like a hot air balloon, and would remain in the stratosphere for years. There it would block and prevent a large fraction of sunlight from reaching the Earth’s surface. The sharp reduction of warming sunlight would reduce growing seasons, cause crop failures and lead to the starvation of hundreds of millions of people (some predict up to 1 billion people).
A nuclear war between the U.S. and Russia, which each possess thousands of thermonuclear weapons, would have even more severe consequences.
The only way to eliminate the threat of nuclear famine is by eliminating all nuclear weapons. Please write to President Obama and your members of Congress today and encourage them to take swift action to eliminate this existential threat.
Get NATO Nuclear Weapons Out of Europe
The Cold War ended over two decades ago, yet business as usual continues with about 180 U.S. nuclear bombs in five European countries under a NATO nuclear sharing agreement. These B61 gravity bombs have no conceivable use, their deployment originally justified decades ago by Western concerns about Soviet conventional military superiority in Europe.
Please take a moment today to send a letter to President Obama, your Senators and Representative, letting them know that you oppose the continued deployment of U.S. nuclear weapons, particularly in other countries.
NATO nuclear sharing is a Cold War relic that has no place in the 21st century. Continued deployment of the B61 in NATO countries is provocative and unnecessary. Let President Obama and your Congressional representatives know that this practice must come to an end immediately.
Legislators: Commit to Nuclear Abolition
Let’s help to build a stronger network of legislators in the United States and around the world working for the abolition of nuclear weapons.
Legislators play key roles in advancing or blocking nuclear disarmament policies, initiatives and treaties. In order to help achieve progress, legislators need to work not only within their own country, but also in collaboration with legislators in other countries. Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND), a global cross-party network of over 800 legislators in 80 countries, supports and enables legislators to take action on key initiatives.
Around the world, PNND members are active in promoting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty; regional nuclear-weapon-free zone treaties (including ones in the Middle East, Northeast Asia and the Arctic); de-alerting of existing nuclear weapons; reducing/eliminating the role of nuclear weapons in military alliances; divesting public funds from companies involved in the manufacture of nuclear weapons and their delivery systems; and advancing the global abolition of nuclear weapons through a comprehensive treaty or framework of agreements.
Please help PNND to build membership, contributing to a political climate around the world that will facilitate the abolition of nuclear weapons. Contact your legislators and encourage them to join PNND today.
Reject Nuclear Deterrence: An Urgent Call To Action
Join us in demanding that leaders of the nuclear weapon states and their allies reject nuclear deterrence and negotiate without delay a Nuclear Weapons Convention for the phased, verifiable, irreversible and transparent elimination of all nuclear weapons. Sign the petition today.