Climate Protection and Nuclear Abolition: Exploring the Connections
Climate change and the continued existence of nuclear weapons present two of the most pressing existential threats to humanity and the planet. Beyond the similarity in the gravity of the threat they pose, these two challenges are also interlinked.
Climate change produces political instability, which increases the risk of war and, by extension, the use of nuclear weapons. A war involving nuclear detonations in dozens of cities, using only a small fraction of the global stockpile of nuclear weapons, would cause global cooling. Protecting the climate and abolishing nuclear weapons both require treaty-based, global processes.
The Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy is committed to exploring the connections between these twin challenges as a way to better understand them and build support for adequate, international responses to them.
- The Climate-Nuclear Nexus, Jürgen Scheffran and others, World Future Council, April 2016
- LCNP and PSR letter to President Obama, urging executive action on de-alerting and climate consequences of nuclear explosions, June 10, 2015
- "Climate change and nuclear weapons," Guy Quinlan for Disarmament Times, Fall/Winter 2014.
- "The Marshall Islands' Two-Front Fight to Survive and Thrive: Climate Protection and Nuclear Disarmament," John Burroughs for Disarmament Times, Fall/Winter 2014.
- Deadly Connections: Challenging Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Power, and Climate Change, a Climate Convergence Workshop, September 20, 2014
- Tony deBrum, Foreign Minister, Marshall Islands (video)
- John Burroughs, LCNP Executive Director (video; text)
- Nuclear Abolition, Climate Protection, and Our Cities' Future, conference organized by Mayors for Peace, Drake University, City of Des Moines, LCNP, Western States Legal Foundation, Global Action to Prevent War, and Progressive Coalition of Central Iowa. October 23, 2008, Des Moines.