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Non-Profit of the Week: Nuclear Age Peace Fdtn
updated: May 29, 2010, 9:40 AM
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation initiates and supports worldwide efforts to abolish nuclear weapons, to strengthen international law and institutions, and to inspire and empower a new generation of peace leaders. Founded in 1982 by four Santa Barbarans, the Foundation is comprised of individuals and organizations worldwide who realize the imperative for peace in the Nuclear Age. The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan international education and advocacy organization. It has consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council and is recognized by the UN as a Peace Messenger Organization.
You've probably heard the old expression about being the fence at the top of the cliff rather than the ambulance at the bottom. We see our role here at the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation as erecting that safety fence - encouraging education and policy change that will save lives by eliminating the dangers posed by nuclear weapons.
In short, we are in the disaster prevention business.
For 28 years, we have been a voice of conscience both internationally and nationally, educating people, providing unique and in-depth information resources and acting to create alliances to promote nuclear disarmament.
Two recent polls ( Worldpublicopinion.org/ U. of Maryland; Angus Reid/Simons Foundation) both found that three-quarters of the American public wanted to eliminate all nuclear weapons. Yet, many people assume the goal is just too hard to accomplish. And many simply do not know what steps we might take to reduce and then eliminate the threat. We feel that large numbers of people could benefit greatly from education not only about the threat, but about a viable strategy to remove it.
Many people, when they learn the facts about the issue, readily agree that planning to get rid of nuclear weapons is the safest way to deal with the threat. It's common sense. The following question resonates with them: Do we really want to wait until one of these terrible weapons is used again - with great loss of life -- before we realize that we really should take steps to address, reduce and eventually eliminate the danger?
We believe education can bring such latent logic to the surface and motivate people to prioritize the issue. After all, the goal is one of non-partisan public safety. We are talking about eliminating the greatest immediate catastrophic threat to humanity.
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