Today, Physicians for Social Responsibility hosted a terrific symposium at Tufts University School of Medicine about climate change and nuclear war. The most important point I took away was the grave danger of nuclear war we face. For example, Zia Mian described how India and Pakistan are in conflict over water from the Indus River. Water shortages are increasing the tensions between the two countries. There is significant rhetoric on both sides about using nuclear weapons and the situation is extremely dangerous.
In a joint statement this spring, the World Medical Association, the World Federation of Public Health Associations, the International Council of Nurses and the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, representing more than 17 million health professionals worldwide, declared, “The only way to prevent the use of nuclear weapons is to ban and eliminate them.”
At the United Nations, a resolution has recently been proposed, cosponsored by 39 countries. This is a new treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, it is not supported by the United States.
Please join us in working to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons globally.