a global action for nuclear disarmament
July 8 – October 2, 2016
A nuclear bomb destroys through an uncontrollable chain reaction of atoms being split in two. There are over 15,000 nuclear weapons in the world’s arsenals – ready to destroy the world.
From July to October 2016, civil society around the world is acting in a Chain Reaction of peace to highlight the immorality and insecurity of nuclear weapons, to oppose the institutions and policies perpetuating the nuclear arms race, and to support nuclear disarmament actions by governments and the United Nations.
This action is engaging youth, environmentalists, parliamentarians, mayors, religious leaders, human rights activists and other representatives of civil society.
Click here for a hard-copy Chain Reaction 2016 flyer.
Chain Reaction is facilitated by UNFOLD ZERO and the Basel Peace Office.
The period July 8 – October 2 takes in a number of key anniversaries and international commemorative days.
- July 8: 20th anniversary of the International Court of Justice historic case on nuclear weapons
- July 16: 71st anniversary of the first nuclear test at Alamogordo, USA
- August 6: 71st anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima
- August 9: 71st anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki
- August 9: International Day for Indigenous Peoples. (Indigenous peoples’ lands have been used for nuclear testing, uranium mining and other activities in the nuclear weapons infrastructure)
- August 12: International Day for Youth (nuclear weapons threaten youth and future generations)
- August 29: International Day Against Nuclear Tests
- September 21: International Day for Peace
- September 26: International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons
- October 2. International Day of Nonviolence. Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday.
Let's have zero.
Organise your event
Chain Reaction is open to all sorts of creative nonviolent events and actions to protest nuclear weapons activities or to celebrate nuclear disarmament initiatives.
This can include activities at nuclear weapons facilities, at corporations that make nuclear weapons or banks that invest in them, at city councils that have declared themselves nuclear-free, or at parliaments and foreign ministries of countries that are promoting nuclear abolition globally.
Regular nuclear disarmament actions can be included in Chain Reaction: vigils, petitions, film screenings, seminars, exhibitions, tree-plantings, commemorations of peace days, demonstrations or other non-violent actions.
Chain Reaction also encourages creative, symbolic and visual actions. Some ideas:
- Pushing model nuclear missiles over to fall like dominoes in a chain reaction;
- Holding hands to make a human chain for peace;
- Delivering an iron chain to the manager of the nuclear weapon facility, corporation or bank investing in nuclear weapons with the message – ‘Free yourself from the nuclear chain’;
- Doing a bike ride for peace to a nuclear weapon facility, with the message ‘Bike chains for peace, not nuclear chains for war.’
- Designing an online visual chain reaction of peace showing how quickly nuclear abolition can be achieved if each person convinces two others to take action;
- Performing Aretha Franklin’s ‘Chain of Fools’ with a ‘Nuclear chain of fools’ message.
We invite you to use your imagination and create your own activity.
The map below illustrates events that are part of Chain Reaction. Click on the location for more information or visit the Chain Reaction events page.
Please let us know if you are organising an event that is not listed below. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. In case there is no action in your location, perhaps you could organise one? See Organise your event for ideas.
- International Peoples Tribunal on the Nuclear Powers and the Destruction of Human Civilisation (July 8, 2016 – Sydney)
- Hiroshima Day commemoration. Vienna, August 6. Lantern parade in front of Karlskirche. 18:00 – 20:30
- Nagasaki Day Commemoration. Vienna, August 9. Viennese Peace Pagoda at 20:00.
- UN Vienna International Day of Peace 2016 Vienna, September 16. Peace and Sustainable Development: Intergenerational Challenges. Contact email@example.com
- Hiroshima/Nagasaki – 71 Year Commemoration (August 6, 2016 – Ghent)
- Making Peace Rio 2016 Exhibition (July 30, 2016 – Rio de Janeiro)
- We CAN Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Hiroshima/Nagasaki commemoration, Nathan Philips Square and Peace Garden, Toronto, August 6. Contact Vinay Jindal firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hiroshima/Nagasaki poster display, City Hall, Toronto. August 9-15.
- Banning the bomb: Which side are we now? Canada’s nuclear moment of truth at the United Nations. Information session and discussion. Cape Breton University, September 26, 2016. Please contact email@example.com or +1 902-563-1468
- National Assembly (parliament), August 6. Debate and adoption of a resolution commemorating Hiroshima Day. Contact Alexandra Arce firstname.lastname@example.org
- Prague Bike around the Bomb. August 14. A bike ride from Hradcany Square (where U.S. President Obama delivered his famous nuclear disarmament speech) around the perimeter of destruction that would be caused by a nuclear bomb. Contact Marzhan Nurzhan email@example.com
- Group of Fasters Against Nuclear Weapons (August 6-9, 2016 – Paris, Dijon-Valduc, Bordeaux-Mégajoule, La Hague, Île Longue-Brest)
Aalen. Hiroshima Memorial with a chain of lights from the City Hall to the Market Fountain. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Berlin. Abolition 2000 Annual Meeting International Conference. September 30-October 3. Contact email@example.com
Berlin. Symbolic public action for Chain Reaction. October 2, 2016.
Büchel. 20 weeks against 20 nuclear bombs. 26 March-August 9, 2016. Events include:
– Büchel, Aug 6-9. Fast for nuclear abolition.
– Büchel August 7th : Surrounding the Nuclear Base,
– Cochem Augst 8th: No Plutonium, street actions in Cochem near Büchel
Contact: Wolfgang Schlupp-Hauck firstname.lastname@example.org
Esslingen. Commemoration 71 years of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. August 6, 2016. 10AM at Nikolauskapelle (Innere Brücke). Contact Sigrid.Altherr@t-online.de
Karlsruhe. Vigil “We are Hibakusha”. July 8, 2016. Contact email@example.com
Karlsruhe. Vigil Against Nuclear Weapons at Hiroshima Day. August 6, 2016. 11AM-1PM. Wald-/ Kaiserstr (in front of the fountain). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Stuttgart. Vigil “Hiroshima and Nagasaki“. 6:00PM-7:00PM. Meeting point in front of Patch-Barracks main gate at Haupstrasse. August 5, 2016. Contact email@example.com
Müllheim. Hiroshima Day 2016: Memorial event for the Victims of Hiroshima. August 6, 2016. 10AM at Marktplatz. Contact: Friedensrat-Muellheim@gmx.de
Schwäbisch Gmünd. Vigil “Remember Hiroshima”. August 6, 2016. 10AM-11AM at Marktplatz. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tübingen. Vigil and information session on the occasion of Hiroshima Day. August 6, 2016. 10AM-1PM at Holzmarkt. Contact email@example.com
“On the Road for Peace”: Ingolstadt/Manching, Nördlingen, Mutlangen, Heidelberg, Mannheim, Ramstein/Kaiserslautern. July 31-August 6, 2016. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
12th Peacemakers-Marathon. Route: Heidelberg, Mannheim, Kaiserslautern, Ramstein, Neustadt/Weinstraße, Bretten, Pforzheim, Haigerloch, Stuttgart, Bretten. August 6-7, 2016. Contact email@example.com
- Remembrance of the ICJ Advisory Opinion on Nuclear Weapons (July 8, 2016 – Rome)
- PACE IN BICI 2016, 5 August to 9 August. Bike ride from Site Pluto in Longare (a former US nuclear weapons “secret” storage bunker under the hills just south of Vicenza), to Aviano USAF base, where there are still nuclear weapons. For a nuclear-weapon free world! Organised by BEATI I COSTRUTTORI DI PACE and the Italian Disarmament Network.
- Brescia, August 6th. Un mondo senza atomiche. Bike ride around the kaki trees of Nagasaki, through the garden of the Primary School Calini
(where there is an air-raid shelter from the Second World War) to Garden of Santa Giulia Museum, where there is the Aoghiri Tree from A-bombed Hiroshima. In Brescia Area there is the Military Base of Ghedi, with its atomic weapons. Contact World Without Wars and Violence. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Trieste, August 6th. Hiroshima e Nagasaki in Poetry around the Kaki Tree of Nagasaki and the Rose “Song of Hiroshima” poems by
R. Ruju, T. Piccini, C. Sibelia, E. Ugolini, D. Dolci. Trieste is a nuclear harbour, very closed to Aviano, a military base with atomic weapons. Contact World Without Wars and Violence, email@example.com
- Event at Jordan University to commemorate the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. 27 September, 2016. Co-sponsors: PNND and Arab Center for Strategic Security Studies. Contact Salwa al Damen Masri at firstname.lastname@example.org
- International Conference: Building a Nuclear Weapon Free World (August 29, 2016 – Astana)
- Demonstration ‘De nucleaire impasse voorbij?’ (October 1, 2016) De Balie, Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10, Amsterdam. Contact Peter Buijis email@example.com
- Auckland. Wintergarden, Domain. August 7, 2016. Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemoration,
- Auckland, Browns Bay Beach. Hiroshima Day Peace Tree Planting. August 6. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Christchurch. Symposium – 20th Anniversary of the 1996 World Court Judgement on Nuclear Weapons (July 8, 2016)
- Christchurch. Hiroshima Day Lantern Floating. August 6. Organised by Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Contact Kate Dewes email@example.com
- Napier. August 7 – Hiroshima and Nagasaki commemoration, from 12 noon, at the fountain outside Napier Cathedral.
- Nelson. Hiroshima Day Vigil, 6 August at 12 noon. Nagasaki Day Vigil, 9 August at 5pm. Both on the Church Steps. Contact Jan Marsh firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wellington. August 7. Tumanako: Children’s artworks for a peaceful world. 1pm to 3pm, at Makaro, Te Wharewaka o Poneke.
- Wellington. August 7. ‘Never Again’ commemoration. 10am to 11.30am. Peace Flame Garden, Wellington’s Botanic Gardens. Contact Richard Tingey email@example.com
- Group of Fasters Against Nuclear Weapons (August 6-9, 2016 – Lagos)
- Moscow, Lomonosov Moscow State University, August 6. Table tennis tournament in honour of the victims of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombs. Organised by Dr Sergei Kolesnikov, former Co-President of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament and the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.
- Group of Fasters Against Nuclear Weapons (August 6-9, 2016 – Lomé)
- CND UK. Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament is organising Hiroshima/Nagasaki Day actions and events in 23 cities in the UK. Click here for the list of cities and links to their events.
- CND Scotland is organising Hiroshima/Nagasaki Day actions in 11 Scottish cities. Click here for the list of cities and links to their events.
- Group of Fasters Against Nuclear Weapons (August 6-9, 2016 – London)
- Stop Trident mass lobby of MPs (July 13, 2016 – London)
- Exhibition on the anti-nuclear protest movement in 1980s Britain (May 26-September 4, 2016 – London)
- Public meeting: Do we want nuclear weapons in our backyard? (July 23 in Birmingham, July 30 in Preston, and July 31 in Newcastle)
- Manchester. August 6. Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombings 71st Anniversary Peace Commemoration. Readings, crane making, peace exhibition. Old Quadrangle and Manchester Museum. Contact Andrew Gibson firstname.lastname@example.org
- Albany, NY. Reading of John Hersey’s “Hiroshima” Saturday, August 6, 11:00AM. Townsend Park. Contact Dan Wilcox, 482-0262, email@example.com.
- Ashland, OR. Hiroshima-Nagasaki Vigil: Healing Our Nuclear World – What Are We Waiting For? (August 6-9, 2016). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bangor, WA. Bangor Trident Submarine Base, Hood Canal ‘Boats by Bangor’ (August 9, 2016)
- Berkley, CA. Peace at Home and Peace Abroad. Veterans for Peace National Convention. August 11-15. Contact Denny Riley email@example.com
- Bethlehem, PA. Screening of “I Was Her Age” with post-film discussion. LEPOCO Peace Center, August 5. Hiroshima-Nagasaki observances at MusikFest. August 6 and August 9. Contact Jasmin firstname.lastname@example.org
- Boulder, CO. August 3: Screening of ‘Dr Strangelove’ and discussion. August 8: Hiroshima/Nagasaki Exhibition. Both events at Boulder Farmers’ Market. Contact Judith Mohling email@example.com.
- Burlington, VT. Hiroshima Day candle floating ceremony on the Winooski River. August 6. Contact Joseph Gainza firstname.lastname@example.org
- Colorado Springs, CO. August 5. Vigil at Petersen Air Force Base, followed by dinner at 420 Mesa. Contact Judith Mohling email@example.com
- Columbus, Ohio. With Love to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. A concert for disarmament. August 6. 18:00 at University Baptist Church. Contact Mark D. Stansbery, 614-517-7237, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Des Moines, Iowa. Hiroshima-Nagasaki Observance at the Japanese Bell on the Iowa Capitol grounds. August 9. Contact Jon Krieg JKrieg@afsc.org
- Genesee Valley, NY. Hiroshima/Nagasaki Candlelight Vigil, August 8. Contact Dr. Arnold Matlin ahmatlingvcp@Igc.org
- Hartford, CT. Hiroshima / Nagasaki Remembrance, August 6. Unitarian Society. Contact Wayne Coste email@example.com
- Kansas City, MO. Group of Fasters Against Nuclear Weapons. Outside US National Nuclear Weapons Plant (August 6-9, 2016)
- Knoxville, TN. Public Reading: 20th Anniversary (World Court Advisory Opinion on Nuclear Weapons) (July 10, 2016)
- Knoxville, TN. 1,000 Cranes (September 24, 2016)
- Las Vegas, NV. National Catholic Worker Gathering & peaceful presence at the NNSS (Nevada National Security Site) gates. October 9. Contact Las Vegas Catholic Worker firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lawrence Livermore, CA. Group of Fasters Against Nuclear Weapons. Outside the nuclear weapons lab (August 6-9, 2016)
- Lawrence Livermore, CA. Rally and Non-Violent Action. Outside the nuclear weapons lab. (August 9, 2016)
- Los Alamos, NM. Group of Fasters Against Nuclear Weapons. Outside the nuclear weapons lab (August 6-9, 2016)
- Massachusetts. Stop the $1 Trillion Nuclear Escalation: Hiroshima and Nagasaki Week in Massachusetts. Actions/events in Andover, Arlington, Boston, Cambridge, Greenfield, Martha’s Vineyard, Northampton, Waltham, Walpole and Waterdown. (August 6-9, 2016). Contact email@example.com.
- Michigan, IL. 20th anniversary public reading of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Opinion: Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons (July 8, 2016). Contact Anabel Dwyer firstname.lastname@example.org
- New York, United Nations. Sustainable Peace: Sustainable Ddevelopment. International Day for Peace event. Organised by the Global Security Institute and the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. Includes a focus on nuclear abolition.
- Nuclear Test Site, Nevada. 3rd Annual Justice for Our Desert event (September 24-26, 2016 – NV). Contact Nevada Desert Experience email@example.com
- Oak Ridge, TN. Gambling With The Future – Concert for Peace :: Rally for Disarmament :: March for Abolition (August 6, 2016)
- Oak Ridge, TN. Names and Remembrance Ceremony at the entrance to the Y12 Nuclear Weapons Complex. (August 6, 2016) Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Oak Ridge, TN. Peace Lantern Ceremony (August 9, 2016)
- Oregon. 2016 Pacific Northwest Interfaith Peace Walk (July 24-August 9. 2016)
- Orlando, FL. Abolition 2020 – Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemoration (August 6, 2016)
- San Antonio, TX. Walking Meditation for Peace. (August 5, 2016 – Denman Estate Park, 7735 Mockingbird Ln). Contact Sister Martha Ann Kirk email@example.com
- Santa Monica, CA. August 9. Vigil at the Chain Reaction Sculpture. Contact Denise Duffield firstname.lastname@example.org
- Seattle, WA. Peace Fleet meets the nuclear navy (August 3, 2016)
- Tucson, AZ. Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki (August 6 – 9, 2016).
- Vigil with readings, prayers, music and reflections (Aug. 6, 8-9am – 1835 W. Anklam Road). Contact: email@example.com.
- Remembering Hiroshima-Nagasaki-Fukushima – Memorial program and vigil (Aug. 6, 6:30pm – St. Mark’s Church, 3809 E. 3rd St). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A Free Community Sing, including songs created about the nuclear age (Aug. 7, 1-3pm – Little Chapel of All Nations, 1401 E 1st St). Contact: email@example.com .
- Hiroshima-Nagasaki Remembrance Vigil (Aug. 9, 7-8 am – Davis Monthan Air Force Base). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Washington DC. Chain Reaction Almighty: Courage, Resistance, and Existential Peril in the Nuclear – Book Launch, author Dan Zak (July 14, 2016 – Poetry and Prose 5015 Connecticut Ave NW)
- Washington DC. Public Witness for Disarmament at White House and Pentagon (August 6 & 9, 2016)
- Washington DC. World Without War Conference. American University (September 23-25, 2016)
International actions and events
The Nuclear Prayer
A short prayer for a nuclear-weapon-free world which will be used in places or worship around the world on key Chain Reaction 2016 dates including Hiroshima and Nagasaki Days. Organised by United Religions Initiative. Click here for video of prominent people reciting the prayer.
Bike around the Bomb
Bike rides in a number of cities which trace the perimeter of destruction that would be caused by a nuclear bomb size of the one that was dropped on Hiroshima. Join a ride or organise one yourself. Coordinated by Global Zero.
A nuclear-weapon-free world; Our Common Good
Gather endorsements for this joint statement of legislators and religious leaders to present to the new United Nations Secretary-General. Coordinated by UNFOLD ZERO.
International fasts for nuclear abolition
Fasts around the world from August 6-9. Contact email@example.com
Apology for Atomic Bombings
A prayer of apology for the use of nuclear weapons against Japan. Prepared by Scott Wright and Art Laffin, and endorsed by numerous U.S. faith-based groups and organisations promoting non-violence. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Chain Reaction highlights, and will impact on, key initiatives at the United Nations for nuclear disarmament. These include:
- The case lodged in the International Court of Justice by the Marshall Islands against the nuclear-armed States:
- UN Secretary-General’s Five Point Proposal for Nuclear Disarmament;
- UN Open Ended Working Group on Taking Forward Multi-lateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations (OEWG);
- UN High Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament to take place in 2018;
- ‘A Nuclear-Weapon-Free World: Our Common Good‘, the joint statement of mayors, parliamentarians and religious leaders.
UNFOLD ZERO will report to the UN Secretary-General, UN General Assembly and governments participating in the OEWG on Chain Reaction events around the world.
Chain Reaction is a campaign of UNFOLD ZERO and is co-sponsored by:
- Aotearoa Lawyers for Peace
- Beati i construttori di pace (Blessed Are the Peacemakers)
- Bike for Peace
- Büchel ist überall – atomwaffenfrei jetzt (Büchel nuclear weapons base – Freedom from nuclear weapons now)
- Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
- Code Pink
- Disarmament and Security Centre
- Fellowship of Reconciliation (USA)
- Footprints for Peace
- German Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms
- Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action
- Human Survival Project
- International Fasts for Hiroshima and Nagasaki Days
- International Peace Bureau
- Japan Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms
- Le Mouvement de la Paix
- Liga Internacional de Mujeres pro Paz y Libertad (WILPF Costa Rica)
- Making Peace Exhibition
- Nevada Desert Experience
- NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security
- Nonviolence International
- Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
- Nuclear Free Future Award Foundation
- Nuclear Resister
- Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance
- Pax Christi International
- Peace Action
- Peace and Planet
- Peace Farm
- Peace Foundation
- People for Nuclear Disarmament
- Shetland to Scilly – New Technologies for Peace
- Toronto Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Coalition (HNDC)
- Transform Now Ploughshares
- Tri-Valley Cares
- United for Peace and Justice
- United Methodist General Board of Church and Society
- United Nations Association of New Zealand
- United Religions Initiative
- Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Aotearoa/ Tamaki Makaurau
- World Beyond War
- World Future Council