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.
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:
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 see the list of Chain Reaction events below.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Chain Reaction highlights, and will impact on, key initiatives at the United Nations for nuclear disarmament. These include:
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: