There are nearly 15,000 nuclear weapons in the world, 90% of which are in the hands of the United States and Russia. Nearly 2,000 are on hair trigger alert, meaning they could be launched within minutes.
The United States is planning to spend over $1 trillion over the next 30 years rebuilding our entire nuclear weapons arsenal. At a time when we’re struggling to fund crucial social and domestic programs, surely there are better ways we could spend a trillion dollars.
Today, nuclear weapons experts warn that we are closer to nuclear catastrophe than we have been in the past 30 years:
- Tensions are rising between nuclear weapons countries.
- The International Atomic Energy Agency has documented nearly 3000 incidents of illicit trafficking, loss, theft, or unauthorized activities involving nuclear material since 1993.
- Thousands of nuclear weapons accidents, near-misses, and miscalculations have brought us to the brink of nuclear war again and again - soon, our luck could run out.
Over 130 countries have joined an international movement to ban nuclear weapons, but the US is not one of them. We must send a message to our elected officials that we will no longer tolerate these inhumane and indiscriminate weapons and the threat they pose.