International Day Against Nuclear Tests is quite a serious day. Its mission is to raise people’s awareness of nuclear disasters and to emphasize that nuclear testing is not beneficial to modern civilized states in terms of happiness and prosperity. The consequences of these tests are detrimental to the environment, humanity and our entire planet. If we remain indifferent to nuclear testing, we agree with the destroyers of our common home.
International Day Against Nuclear Tests was established by the UN on December 2, 2009, with the help of a unanimously adopted resolution. The date set for it is August 29.
For half a century (1945-1996), a huge number of nuclear weapons tests were carried out all over the world. There were more than 2000 of them, and more than half of them were held by the United States. The USSR and Great Britain were in second and third place respectively. Initially, scientists did not fully comprehend the disastrous consequences of these tests.
In the period of 1951-1973, these consequences killed more than a million people. Radiation exposure had an extremely negative impact on the health of the population living in the vicinity of the test sites. People died from radiation sickness, gave birth to disfigured and unviable children. Animals and plants near the landfills were affected and they also contributed to the spread of radioactive contamination. People drunk the milk of infected cows, ate contaminated fruits of agriculture, which led to new diseases and deaths.
How to take part
Use the International Day Against Nuclear Tests as a chance to express your own views on the issue of nuclear weapons testing:
- Participate in events held on this international day by public organizations.
- Organize educational and social events, and write about the problem in social networks.
- Help others (including schoolchildren and students) to raise awareness of the dangers of using nuclear weapons. Every voice against this deadly weapon counts!
- Join the World Conference against A and H Bombs, an international peace event held in August in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.
- Support organizations that are working to raise awareness of the dangers of nuclear weapons testing.
When is International Day Against Nuclear Tests celebrated in 2023?
International Day Against Nuclear Tests is observed on August 29 each year.