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Nuclear Weapons & Disarmament

Choices Program from Brown University: Nuclear Issues 
Description of curriculum developed by Choices Program: Ending the War Against Japan: Science, Morality, and the Atomic Bomb.  The curriculum, suitable for use with middle, upper, and college-aged students contains materials to help students understand the scientific journey and the military and diplomatic debates leading to the use of the bomb.  Multiple perspectives are included to give a complicated view of this momentous decision to use the bomb on civilian targets in Japan in 1945.

Global Security Institute
GSI’s link to Disarmament and Peace Education has facts, glossary, background information, and recommended actions suitable for use by teachers and students alike.

  • Global Security Institute Homepage
    The homepage of the Global Security Institute explains its mission of “Promoting security for all through the elimination of nuclear weapons.”  News and worldwide activities of the GSI are posted, as well as links to background information.

Hiroshima Peace Museum Website 
This powerful and deeply linked website includes many links for adults and children.  Virtual museums, flash cartoon movies, the story of Sadako, kids’ activities, and invitations to post messages of peace are among the many excellent resources for dealing with the complex issues of nuclear weapons and disarmament.

National Peace Academy: From Hiroshima to Fukushima  
Viewing these videos of a presentation by a hibakushas (atomic bomb survivor) and a UN nuclear disarmament official, students can evaluate the connections between nuclear weapons and nuclear power, in light of the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant in Japan.

Development and Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons is a good introduction to history, use, and dangers of nuclear weapons, as well as information on the scientists who developed the bomb and tried to control its use. 

  • Peace Doves Game
    The Peace Doves Game for students in middle school and up relates facts about nuclear states, treaties, and disarmament efforts. Taking about 15 minutes to play, and requiring Flash, the game is a useful tool for learning about nuclear states and issues.  Read background information at link above to optimize performance!

Project Ploughshares

Project Ploughshares, associated with the Canadian Council of Churches, works in Canada and internationally on research and action projects to promote justice and global peace and to break the cycle of war. Website graphics on global conflicts are available as posters or pdfs and are useful for teaching about global conflicts.

Pugwash Conference
Remember your Humanity, Joseph Rotblat’s compelling Nobel Prize acceptance speech against nuclear proliferation, is on this site.

Transitions Abroad
This article is about one woman’s visit to Hiroshima and the World Friendship Center, and one habakusha’s (bomb survivor’s) experience on August 6, 1945.

World Friendship Center, Hiroshima 
World Friendship Center, Hiroshima Japan, was founded by peace activist Barbara Reynolds to promote peace and knowledge of the horrifying effects of atomic weapons.  The center hosts visitors and holds programs at which hibakushas (bomb survivors) speak about their experiences.  This link leads to published survivor stories.  Many of these hibakusaha tell their stories to Japanese school children so the children of the world will not repeat mistakes of the past.

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