Last week I came across this image, terrifying. In the back of my head, I've known the the number of declared nukes in the world. Though, when seeing it in this graphic, it really made me feel like I needed to share this information.
Do we, humanity, need this many weapons? No. A handful of countries do not need to have the power to destroy the planet over and over again.
Then I hear the argument about nuclear deterrent and how it keeps countries in check from doing anything too drastic, or how it worked well during the Cold War. Haven't we grown since then? Haven't we learned from history? Or, have we forgotten that we've developed technology to promote communication across all borders, like social media, smart phones, etc? What if we used that concept of communication and sit across the digital divide to work through our issues? Nuclear weapons are not only issues of country X and Y, but world issues since the fallout from a nuclear weapon will eventually catch up with everyone, no matter where someone lives on the planet.
Yes, I know some may say that I am naive and idealistic, but I prefer to think that I view the world differently. I strive to share the idea that we are all global citizens, not just a citizen of the U.S., China, South Africa, Brazil, etc. We must work together to sustain ourselves, not just a select few.
Let's see if activists from around the world think the same. In one month I'll be in Japan cycling 550 km with 34 other activists from around the world. Our goal is to communicate and effectively work across our borders to spread awareness, learn from one another, and make positive, lasting change in a world with fewer nuclear arms.
If you would like to support this endeavor, please donate what you can at www.psriowa.org. Donations will support the U.S. Biker/Citizen Ambassador as well as a participant from a developing country. If you'd like to read about all the bikers, check out their profiles here.