Many people think the Cold War is behind us. But the nuclear threats we face today are graver than they’ve been since the 1980’s.
Whatever happens in the coming years, be it the continued threat of war with North Korea or renewed conflict with Iran, it's our generation (millennials, generation possible…whatever you want to call us) who will inherit the consequences. And the consequences of a nuclear war are beyond imagination.
That’s why, this Giving Tuesday, it’s up to us.
Dangerous rhetoric and mixed messages from the White House have greatly increased our chances of stumbling into a nuclear war with North Korea. President Trump taunts this adversarial nuclear armed state via Twitter and has taken to calling the North Korean supreme leader, “Little Rocket Man.”
Apparently, one rogue nuclear weapon state isn’t enough. Earlier this month, President Trump took the first step towards killing the Iran Nuclear Agreement, the international agreement that stops Iran from building nuclear weapons and has prevented a new war in the Middle East. Ending this historic agreement would open the door to a nuclear armed Iran.
As these events dominate the headlines, you may (or may not) be aware of a few crucial pieces of information.
The United States has over 700 nuclear weapons — ready to launch within four minutes — and there is only one person who can decide when to launch them: the President of the United States. No one, not even top military officials, are authorized to negate his decision.
Do you trust a president who can be baited with a tweet to hold sole command of our nuclear arsenal? This is just one of many problems posed by nuclear weapons and current nuclear weapons policy — not only in the United States, but around the world.
Ploughshares Fund is a global security foundation committed to the eventual elimination of nuclear weapons worldwide. Yet the majority of our supporters are over the age of 60. Our generation cannot take a backseat on this critical issue.
This Giving Tuesday, we’re asking our generation to take a stand. We’re challenging 100 of our peers to invest any amount in a future without nuclear weapons by making a donation to Ploughshares Fund on Giving Tuesday, November 28, 2017.
Ploughshares Fund knows the road ahead is long and full of challenges. But we can say with confidence that no one is better prepared for the task ahead. For over 35 years we have supported the most effective people and organizations to reduce and eventually eliminate the dangers posed by nuclear weapons. Visit our website to learn more about the progress we have made and the future challenges we will face on this important issue in the years to come.
We believe everyone has the right to a safe and secure future. The first step is easy. Donate today!
Your donation, no matter how small, can help us reach our goal of raising $5,000 from 100 new donors under 35. Help our generation make this issue our own. With hard work, optimism, and perseverance, our generation can be the first to put an end to one of the greatest threats to our planet—for ourselves and all generations that follow.
This Giving Tuesday, it’s up to us.
In solidarity, current and future leaders of Ploughshares Fund.