August 6 World Hiroshima Day, How To Celebrate, Why We Celebrate
Hiroshima Day is celebrated on 6th August every year. Did you ever imagine how devastating the day was? This day is considered one of the darkest days in human’s life. On August 6, 1945, the US dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, Japan, and three days later another one on Nagasaki. More than 100,000 people, mostly civilians, were killed instantly and for years afterwards, from horrible burns and radiation sickness.
Fortunately, nuclear weapons have been used again on civilians, but they continue to remain a constant threat. Thousands of nuclear weapons remain on alert, ready to be fired at any time. These bombs could be fired at any time by accident or at the hands of terrorists.
Recognizing that there are enough nuclear weapons to destroy the planet, most nations signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), agreeing to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and work to eliminate them.
The NPT came into force in 1970, but the number of nations with nuclear weapons has almost doubled and there is still no timetable for eliminating nuclear weapons. A popular movement has grown to convince governments to rid the world of the nuclear threat. 5 regions, covering most of the Southern Hemisphere and more than 250 municipalities around the world, have been included as Nuclear Free Zones.
Many are also concerned about the increasing use of nuclear energy around the world. After more than 30 years of nuclear power plants, there is still no sure way to get rid of the contaminated nuclear materials that are produced. These contaminated wastes endanger our environment and the lives of countless generations to eat.
Hiroshima Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about the threat of nuclear weapons and the dangers of nuclear energy. It is the perfect moment to urge your Mayor to declare your city as a Nuclear Free Zone.
Within 45 minutes of the attack, nuclear rain mingled with the ash and smoke from the firestorms to create a black radioactive rain that soaked the survivors and did not hold until the fires began to subside at night.
Hiroshima Day commemorates the day of August 1945, when an atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, and a few days later, another fell on the city of Nagasaki.
While the bombings effectively ended World War II by bringing about the surrender of Japan, this came at a terrible price. The two cities were destroyed and casualties, mostly.
Peace Day: Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki: –
On August 6 and 9, 1945, the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were bombed with nuclear weapons. Over 100,000 people, mostly civilians, died instantly and thousands more succumbed to burns, malnutrition, and illness. It is our duty to remember these events.
It is also our duty to celebrate the spirit of survivors and those who have dedicated themselves to ensuring that such events are never repeated and that nuclear weapons are never used again. The only way to ensure that these weapons are not used is to eliminate them.
The world continues to live in the shadow of nuclear weapons. Nine countries have approximately 24,000 nuclear weapons, and the United States and Russia represent the vast majority. Approximately 9,000 are considered operational and, of these, more than 2,000 are on maximum alert, ready for use in minutes.
While the number of nuclear weapons has decreased significantly since the end of the Cold War, the rate of reduction has been considerably reduced in recent years and new arsenals are being developed. The delivery systems are being modernized.
The potential of an arms race in space threatens to derail nuclear disarmament and destabilize world security. The prospect of space weapons and the drive for elevated terrain are ultimately causing a spiral of weapons and defences, which is most clearly seen in the US drive to defend ballistic missiles, and China’s responses to more nuclear weapons.
More and more people demand a world without nuclear weapons, and voices are heard.
In July, US President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev agreed to revive the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, along with other disarmament measures that would reduce their nuclear arsenals by a third or more.
Also this year, NATO members launched a review of the Alliance’s Strategic Concept, including its nuclear doctrine, which makes nuclear weapons the “supreme guarantee of Allied security.”
As Ernie Regehr of Project Plowshares points out, this year’s preparatory meeting for the 2010 Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty “went beyond the rancour and discord of previous meetings to focus on concrete proposals”; The session “showed a new sense that all recent and prominent proclamations of the goal of a world without nuclear weapons are having an impact on real-world expectations and negotiations.”
Similarly, at the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, where negotiations for a fissile material The Court Treaty and a treaty to prevent the use of weapons in space have stalled for more than a decade, there is a new agreement to work in these and other disarmament issues.
Several current campaigns are working for a world free of nuclear weapons. The International Campaign against Nuclear Weapons calls for a Nuclear Weapons Convention that makes these weapons illegal. The Global Zero campaign has created a plan for the gradual reduction of nuclear weapons that leads to elimination, what they call zero global. More than 70 Canadian cities are members of Mayors for Peace.
Now we must all add our voices and actions in support of these and other initiatives. In the words of military analyst Gwynne Dyer, “it sounds like an impossible dream, but in reality conditions have never been as promising as they are now.”
Hiroshima Day commemorates August 6, 1945, the day an atomic bomb was dropped in the Japanese city of Hiroshima, followed a few days later by another fall in the city of Nagasaki.
The bombings ended effectively with World War II causing the surrender of Japan, but at a terrible price: the two cities were destroyed and casualties, mostly civilians, were estimated at around 200,000, and many more people died later due to injuries and diseases.
Hiroshima Day is now a focus for discussions and demonstrations against war and against nuclear weapons.