“Since Auschwitz, we know what man is capable of.
And since Hiroshima, we know what is at stake.” ~Viktor E. Frankl
73 years ago on August 9, 1945, a nuclear bomb was detonated on the city of Nagasaki killing or injuring thousands. Three days before, the city of Hiroshima was attacked with a US atomic bomb. About 150,000 people were killed or injured that day. Nuclear weapons are the most destructive, inhumane and indiscriminate weapons ever created. And 73 years later, the atomic bombings still affect the daily life of the first, second and third generation of hibakusha — those who survived the attack. Earlier this year, I had the privilege of planting a ginko tree in a peace garden in Vancouver Canada alongside one of those survivors and to listen to his story of the day he lost his family. And I saw firsthand how these bombs continue to affect the people of Japan. This week we remember all the victims of the atomic bombings and nuclear tests and we continue to look for the day when there are NO MORE. Last year, 122 countries signed Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the first legally binding international agreement to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons, with the goal of leading towards their total elimination.That is a great sign of hope. However, many countries, including the nuclear powers of Russia and the US did not sign the treaty. So our work continues.
Watch the beautifully animated short film, If You Love This Planet that brings to life Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow’s passionate call to action, on the day that the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted at the United Nations – 7 July 2017.