By Neilan D’souza
The discovery of Nuclear energy was one of the greatest discoveries of mankind. Being able to produce so much energy from such a small source was truly a break through discovery. But as time went by and newer discoveries being made on how to maximize the effect of this energy along with the World War situation the whole notion of Nuclear energy shifted from being a clean source of energy generation for Earth to a Weapon of mass destruction.
Everyone knows about the Hiroshima and Nagasaki incident which took place around 77 years ago on August 6th and 9th, 1945; where more than 200,000 people in Hiroshima and more than 140,000 in Nagasaki died a very tragic and suffering death. We cannot imagine the pain of those thousands of people who experienced that death or being vaporized in seconds due to the blast of the atomic bomb dropped on them by the USA during WW2.
UN research says that today around 12,705 nuclear weapons remain. The Countries which possess such weapons have well-funded, long-term plans to modernize their nuclear arsenals. Even shocking is that more than half of the world’s population still lives in these countries that either have such weapons or are members of nuclear alliances. While the number of deployed nuclear weapons has appreciably declined since the height of the Cold War, not one nuclear weapon has been physically destroyed pursuant to a treaty. In addition, no nuclear disarmament negotiations are currently underway.
If just 2 atomic bombs are capable of such destruction with the technology back in 1945 imagine how much more worse it can be in this era. With the ongoing Russia Ukaraine war, China – Taiwan tensions, India – Pakistan, North and South Korea, Israel – Palestine conflicts there are just a few countries who are also strong Nuclear Powers pose very dangerous situations ahead to people living here.
Achieving global nuclear disarmament is one of the oldest goals of the United Nations. It was the subject of the General Assembly’s first resolution in 1946, which established the Atomic Energy Commission (dissolved in 1952), with a mandate to make specific proposals for the control of nuclear energy and the elimination of atomic weapons and all other major weapons adaptable to mass destruction.
The United Nations has been at the forefront of many major diplomatic efforts to advance nuclear disarmament since. Even Pope Francis on his visit to Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 2019 condemned the use and possession of nuclear weapons by any state as “immoral”, and urged support for “the principal international legal instruments of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, including the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons”. He said that international peace cannot rest on a balance of military power, but must be based on mutual trust, and that a world without nuclear weapons is “possible and necessary”. Therefore as we commemorate the International day for total elimination of Nuclear Weapons on the 26th of September as a Church lets us stand together, united with our neighbour religions and every citizen to oppose the National interests in our countries which praise Nuclear Weaponry, Nuclear Research and Nuclear power generation, so that we can put an end to re-occurrence of Nuclear disasters.*