50 Ways to Stay Engaged to Prevent Nuclear War

You can prevent nuclear war.

Staying engaged is important because getting staying informed and taking sustained action will take time to have an effect. 

Here are a few ideas to stay engaged while preventing nuclear war. Share with your friends. Preventing nuclear war will require persistent effort from many people, until nuclear weapons are eliminated. 

  1. Subscribe to Ploughshares Fund email newsletter. Stay informed with the lastest news and updates about how you can prevent nuclear war. 
  2. Take the 19th US secretary of defense William J. Perry’s free online course on nuclear weapons from Stanford University
  3. Explore Alex Wellerstein's Nukemap, an interactive tool showing the power of nuclear weapons
  4. Subscribe to Arms Control Today, the monthly subscription journal of the Arms Control Association
  5. Read nuclear weapons fact sheets and issue briefs from the Arms Control Association
  6. Join Beyond the Bomb, the International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)Women's Action for New Direction (WAND) and/or other groups are working for meaningful local, national and international activism against nuclear weapons. 
  7. Write letters to the editor. William Lambers is an excellent model of productivity and accuracy.
  8. Explore nuclear weapons issues through the lens of the valuable perspectives women bring to peace and security, and their unique experience of the threat of global nuclear violence. You might begin with this inspiring and informed article in Teen Vogue
  9. Listen to Podcast 16: Promoting a Diverse Perspective on Nuclear Security and Nonproliferation by Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security.
  10. Watch the bomb on Netflix.
  11. Follow our grantees and other experts on Twitter.
  12. The president of Ploughshares Fund is an author and a nuclear security analyst for MSNBC. Watch Joe Cirincione.
  13. Read books about nuclear weapons. Here are 11 diverse recent warnings and classics.
  14. Subscribe to podcasts such as Things That Go Boom and Deep State Radio.
  15. Attend Japanese Peace Lantern Ceremonies on or near August 6th and 9th.
  16. Create a Google news feed with the search term “nuclear weapons” and check it daily.
  17. Subscribe to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists email newsletter.
  18. Subscribe to ReThink Media’s daily email, "AM Nukes Roundup." 
  19. Follow Ploughshares Fund on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn.
  20. Learn about taking nuclear weapons off of hair-trigger alert from the Union of Concerned Scientists.
  21. Learn about establishing Congressional control over the first use of nuclear weapons, aka "restricting first-use."
  22. Learn about establishing a declaratory US No First-Use policy.
  23. Vote! Look for public statements made by your local politicians on nuclear weapons and call or write to them to take action on local and national legislation.
  24. Learn about the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
  25. Come to our annual gala, Chain Reaction in San Francisco.
  26. In Chicago, come to one of the many events put on by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.
  27. Travel to points of historical interest in the legacy of nuclear weapons use and production, e.g. Livermore, Puget Sound, Los Alamos, Trinity Test site, Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
  28. Listen to our Spotify playlist of songs concerning nuclear weapons, effects of nuclear weapons use, and/or dangers of nuclear war.
  29. Watch popular movies on the subject.
  30. Read Global Zero's alternative Nuclear Posture Review, "The End of Nuclear Warfighting: Moving to a Deterrence-Only Posture."
  31. Follow Melissa Hanham's list of women in national security on Twitter.
  32. Visit Outrider Foundation's page on nuclear weapons.
  33. Visit and follow Women’s Actions for New Directions (WAND).
  34. Read WAND's US nuclear policy factsheet.
  35. Learn about North Korea's external relations. Presented by the National Committee on North Korea, in collaboration with the East-West Center.
  36. Read the Center for Feminist Foreign Policy's brief: A Gender Lens on Nuclear Disarmament.
  37. Read timely, engaging analysis on nuclear issues from Inkstick Media.
  38. Follow the Friends Committee on National Legislation for updates and resources regarding nuclear weapons.
  39. Keep track of nuclear risks as reported by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.
  40. Read about efforts to make peace a relevant cause for millennials. Written by Genevieve Boutilier of the Peace and Security Funders Group.
  41. Keep track of foreign and domestic policy initiatives by Vet Voice Foundation.
  42. Read the latest analysis on US Iran policy, war and diplomacy from National Iranian American Council.
  43. Immerse yourself in the Federation of American Scientists' Nuclear Information Project. Stay updated on the world's nuclear weapons stockpile via the FAS Nuclear Notebook.
  44. Attend upcoming events organized by Women Cross DMZ.
  45. Learn about peace, security and diplomacy on the Korean peninsula via Korean Americans in Action
  46. Educate yourself on what you can do to save the Iran nuclear deal via J Street.
  47. Check out Smriti Keshari's “Just the Tip” photo exhibit at Photoville.
  48. Visit Bombshelltoe, an immersive multimedia website covering nuclear issues from a human point of view by Lovely Umayam.
  49. Learn about Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility and their statewide coalition against nuclear weapons.
  50. Consider giving to Ploughshares Fund. Give monthly or a one-time gift.

You can help prevent nuclear war. Stay engaged.

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Photo: Failure of the first Trident D5 submarine-based test launch.