UK: Pax Christi UK publishes "Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty Briefing" for global week of actions
Pax Christi UK, just in time for the Global Week of Action for a Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty, has published, in collaboration with other groups, a "Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty Briefing". The briefing is full of excellent resources and information on the proposed negotiations for a nuclear weapons ban treaty. The introductory paragraphs read:
International negotiations take place in 2017 on a treaty that would ban all nuclear weapons.The Network of Christian Peace Organisations oﬀers this Brieﬁng for use by individuals, organisations and churches in preparation for these negotiations. We believe the abolition of all nuclear weapons is a matter of faith and spirituality that speaks of how we live together in the world, how we see one another and how we understand security.
Currently, there are more than 15,000 nuclear weapons stockpiled worldwide. The detonation of a single nuclear weapon anywhere in the world, whether by accident or design, would be a humanitarian catastrophe of unparalleled proportions. A ‘small’ nuclear war between, say, India and Pakistan, could lead to the deaths of two billion people as a result of the impact on climate and food security. An all-out nuclear war would be the end of human civilisation as we know it and possibly of all life on earth. Asked if she would be prepared to order a nuclear attack our own Prime Minister gave an unhesitating response - yes. ..