“Countdown to Zero” – an End to NukesJune 16, 2010
By Judith Hand
One of the most hopeful movements afoot in the world—a movement that should be dear to the hearts and minds of all people of good will—is a campaign to eliminate nuclear weapons. Alliances of powerful voices have formed, and with a new film by Lucy Walker and Participant Media, “Countdown to Zero,” they make the case for why and how this goal should be forwarded.
One of the movement’s strongest features is that it has supporters on the right and left of the political spectrum. An article by George P. Shultz, William J. Perry, Henry A. Kissinger, and Sam Nunn, all world-savvy leaders, was, entitled “Toward a Nuclear-free World.” Published in the Wall Street Journal (Jan 15 2008) it sets the tone for the need to rid ourselves of this danger.
A force behind the film is Global Zero. Two GZ founders are Queen Noor of Jordan, and film producer Lawrence Bender. The GZ website has more than 200 political, military, business, faith, and civic signatories and hundreds of thousands of individuals and organizations from around the globe. Organization already in this struggle for years like Ploughshares Fund and WAND (Womens Action for New Directions) are stepping up pressure on US legislators and rallying their members.
On 5 April, 2009, speaking to a crowd estimated to be over 20 thousand in Prague, US President Barack Obama said “”the US will take concrete steps toward a world without nuclear weapons.” He has been moving in that direction, and with the wind of people-pressure at his back, he can make huge progress.
Now is the time for all global citizens to demand action from their politicians. Politicians only act when the citizenry demands! You can find when and where the film will show in any US community. Anyone who would like to see us abolish war should understand that ending the production, storage, and existence of nuclear weapons would be a huge, positive step in that campaign to make that dream a reality. Support the cause by viewing the film and telling family, friends, and colleagues to also see it.