It's Time To Say No To Nuclear Weapons

Saif Solanki
Jul 19, 2019   •  12 views

Do you know that an amount of highly enriched uranium about the size of your morning coffee would be enough to kill 100,000 people instantly? Hundreds of thousands of others would become horribly ill, and parts of the city would be uninhabitable for years, if not for decades.But today's nuclear weapons are way more powerful and disastrous even than those dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And even a limited nuclear war involving just tens of nuclear weapons could lead to the end of all life on the planet. It's really important to know that right now there are over 15,000 nuclear weapons in the hands of nine nations. About 1,800 of these weapons are on high alert, which means they can be launched within 15 minutes of command.

And it is the responsibility of today's generation to make sure the future is safe for the generations to come so that they won't have to live in constant fear and threat. But the problem lies in the awareness regarding the issue as the younger generation didn't grow up hearing a lot about nuclear weapons. It never had to duck and cover under the desk at school. We know while being online, we expose ourself to unauthorized and illicit activities by the hackers. In the coming age, where everything is far more developed, even the way hackers operate, we could imagine the extent of destruction cyberwarfare could cause. It won't take long for life to disappear from the face earth as it never existed.

So we have a choice to make. We could support wasting billions of dollars of money to develop nuclear weapons or the same money we could use for feeding and educating and employing people, all of which with not an ounce of threat in the first place. Sure, there are threats among countries and to keep the aggression at bay, it is required to maintain some number of nuclear weapons. But what is that minimum number? It's clear that any amount of nuclear weapon is unacceptable and there is no minimum to begin with. Most of the world's nuclear nations have committed to getting rid of these weapons of mass destruction. But the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which is the most widely adopted arms control treaty in history with 190 signatories, sets no specific date by which the world's nuclear-armed nations will get rid of their nuclear weapons. It's time to commit to a date. Let's end the chapter of nuclear weapons.