The Need for Denuclearizing in Order to Have a Better Future

We live in a cosmic shooting gallery of meteors, comets, solar radiation, electromagnetic pulses, and gamma rays, on a molten volcanic bomb of a planet under attack by bacterial and rapidly mutating viral pathogens, unable to control the consequences of our own science and technology: nuclear weapons, climate change, and artificial intelligence.

Yes, that’s right- nuclear weapons. Recently, the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has painfully demonstrated how unprepared our society is to confront our high-risk threats and how little we invest politically and economically in avoiding them. This also applies to the threats of nuclear weapons. This is why now is time to discuss denuclearizing the entire world. The degree of disruption of our lives, societies, and economies of the Coronaviruspandemic is greater than a major terrorist attack and the recent financial crisis combined. And yet, the disruption of this viral pandemic is not only small, but also recoverable compared to the total, permanent, and irreversible damage of a nuclear exchange. It simply cannot be allowed to happen if we want to maintain life on Planet Earth.

By definition, denuclearize means “to remove nuclear arms from” or “to prohibit the use of nuclear arms in.” What we need is not just to denuclearize one country or a handful of countries but everyone. Many people see the need to either stop North Korea from finishing its nuclear bomb capabilities or denuclearize them if they’ve already secretly achieved it. But why just them? No one should have the kind of destructive power a nuclear bomb holds- not Russia, not China, not the United States of America, not India. No one!

For one thing, leaders change in these countries. One leader may be intelligent and forward-thinking enough not to use them, while the next is hot-headed. As well, consider the fact that some cash-strapped world leaders will sell their bombs or spare nuclear material abroad. This highly-toxic and dangerous material may find its way to terrorists.

You may be asking, “Why is this all so important? Bombs go off every day.” The answer is that nuclear bombs are very different from any other weapon. Besides the immediate destruction of cities by nuclear blasts, the potential aftermath of a nuclear war where several bombs are set off could involve firestorms, a nuclear winter, widespread radiation sickness from fallout, as well as the temporary loss of much modern technology due to electromagnetic pulses. This is known as a “Nuclear Holocaust.” While humans may be vain and hot-tempered enough to think they can set off a nuclear bomb or two on their enemy, Earth knows better.

For more information on denuclearizing and the global threat of extinction if this does not happen in a timely manner, read the book series Equilibra. The first book, Ultimatum, delves into this topic in more depth and Author Paul Oquist discusses the myriad ways our Earth is communicating to us the current, imminent, and potential threats that could affect her ability to support life on Planet Earth. Order your copy of Ultimatum today!