Why we should abolish and ban the use of nuclear weapons?
As the war drum is beating louder and louder in the South China Seas between USA and China, the following points are of concern to us as humankind living in this planet. There is a small risk of deliberate nuclear use and a larger risk of inadvertent nuclear use in a future US-China conflict or any conflict among countries who possess nuclear weapons.
Many people unfortunately have no clue of how serious and scary if a nuclear war breaks out. The atomic bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki 75 years ago pale into insignificant rabble compare to modern nuclear weapons.
The scary thing is that there is enough nuclear arsenal to blast us off the face of this earth. In a nuclear war, China may be wiped off in 55 minutes and the US will also be wiped out 10-15 minutes later, not counting where Russian nukes will land! A single nuclear warhead could kill millions of people if drop in New York and Shanghai, with lasting and devastating humanitarian and environmental consequences. Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea possess an estimated total of nearly 14,000 modern nuclear weapons, many times more powerful and enough to kill us all and turn the planet into rabbles.
Nuclear weapons are the most destructive, inhumane and indiscriminate weapons ever created. Both in the scale of the devastation they cause, and in their uniquely persistent, spreading, genetically damaging radioactive fallout, they are unlike any other weapons. A single nuclear bomb detonated over a large city could kill millions of people. The use of tens or hundreds of nuclear bombs would disrupt the global climate, causing widespread famine.
The use of less than one percent of the nuclear weapons in the world could disrupt the global climate and threaten as many as two billion people with starvation in a nuclear famine in the long-term. The thousands of nuclear weapons possessed by the US and Russia could bring about a nuclear winter, destroying the essential ecosystems on which all life depends. It will render the planet we all live on unliveable and we will have nowhere to hide.
More information can be obtained from the following three websites : www.mapw.org.au; www.ippnw.org; www.icanw.org
Nuclear weapons are the most inhumane and indiscriminate weapons ever created. That is why it is time to end them, before they end us. They have catastrophic humanitarian and environmental consequences that span decades and cross generations; they breed fear and mistrust among nations, as some governments can threaten to wipe out entire cities in a heartbeat; the high cost of their production, maintenance and modernisation diverts public funds from health care, education, disaster relief and other vital services and more. Banning these immoral, inhumane weapons under international law was a critical step along the path to ending them. With the adoption of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) on July 7th, 2017, the world's majority took a critical step towards making that nuclear-weapon-free future a reality. Read more about how the TPNW works >
TNPW have been signed and ratified by 46 members of UN and we need 4 more members to ratify it for it to become an International Law banning the use of nuclear weapon in any war. We urge Australian Government to sign and ratify and stand up for not just Australian people but peoples of the whole world and for all the children's children so that they can have a bright future.
Is that too much to ask for?
Dr Anthony Pun, OAM, Foundation President, Chinese Community Council of Australia.
Mr. Kinsley Liu, National President of CCCA
Dr Ka Sing Chua, National Senior Adviser, Chinese Community Council of Australia.
National Chinese Australian Leaders Group: Maria Chan, Shirley Huang, Dickson Mak, Daphne Lowe Kelley, James Leung, Lee Xj Li,Tony Pang, Kee Guan Saw, Junxi Su, Khoon Tan, Tony Tang, Michael Yau OAM. Li Zhang, Mark Wang and May Hu, OAM.