Edinburgh CND News: April mid-month (and later) update

IMG_3095This month Scottish CND are emphasising Climate Not Trident in their leaflet campaign. We need to get the message out to other organisations and events. Here are some events coming up which people can attend:

1.Monday 15th April Extinction Rebellion Scotland are holding the ‘Festival of Climate Reality’ at the Lister Learning and Teaching Centre, Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU – a day of workshops, talks and trainings, 10-5pm: come and hear the truth about the climate crisis and learn how you can do something about it. This is important work, possibly nothing has ever been as important.Tell The Truth. Act Now.                                                                         —————-                                                                                                                                                  2. Wednesday 17th April: SCND fringe meeting at the STUC conference 1230pm Room 2 City Chambers Dundee: Developing Sustainable and Socially useful jobs in today’s economy.                                                                                                                                                            —————-                                                                                                                                           ++++++2 (a). Saturday 20th April: Leaflets available at the Love Culture, Hate Racism event at the Augustine church 12-4pm                                                                                ————–                                                                                                                                                    3. CHANGE OF DATE: THURSDAY 25th APRIL: Edinburgh CND will join the Don’t Bank on the Bomb outside the RBS AGM is at their corporate HQ on Glasgow Rd at Gogarburn EH12 1HQ;  meet at the road entrance 1 – 4pm that day with a few placards etc.    +++++ To get there take a bus to Gogarburn A8 Bus stop on the Glasgow Rd: Stop ID: 36232428. This stop is just past the RBS Bridge. View the Bus stop and find a list of buses that stop there on Google Maps at: https://goo.gl/maps/Be2ruP7FM3J2 .                                                                                                       —————                                                                                                                                                   4. Saturday 27th April 2019 (the day after Chernobyl day). Surround Springfields Salwick, near Preston in Lancashire The outline timetable for the day is as follows:          12:00-1:00 Assemble outside Springfields Nuclear Fuels            1:00 Speakers, live music,                 3pm forming of human chain to surround the base              Exhibition in the nearby village hall            5:00 Live link with indigenous communities resisting uranium mining, in the village hall       7:00 End.  Veggies will be providing food and hot drinks during the day, and there is a nearby pub.  That said, it is advisable to bring plenty of water and you may like to bring hot drinks in a flask.  April weather is of course unpredictable, so be prepared for rain or shine.      Please note that trains will not be running between Edinburgh and Carlisle that day (replacement bus service) so it may be necessary to travel down the day before   +++++There will be a minibus pick-up from Preston railway station at 1100, 1200 and 1300.  When you exit the station look for a minibus with a ‘Surround’ sign in its windscreen.                                                                                                          —————–                                                                                                                                                                     5. Trouble Ahead: Risks and Rising Costs in the UK Nuclear Weapons Programme This 60 page report reveals in detail the grave risks and dramatically rising costs emerging in the UK’s nuclear weapons upgrade programmes. The 12 month study identifies precarious interdependencies, critical safety and project risks, and flawed cost projections in a programme that looks increasingly unlikely to meet its targets. Implications for policy-makers are outlined along with a set of recommendations Please register to confirm a place at the 30th April launch.                                                                  —————-                                                                                                                                                  6. Edinburgh Peace & Justice Centre : Earth Day Monday 22nd April:  Peace & Justice News this month focuses on the relationship between security, peace and the environment. Our Editorial calls on the Scottish Government to step up CO2 emission targets in the Climate Change Bill to ZERO by 2040 and link the budget to the Climate Change Plan.  Send an email to your MSP here.  Peace & Justice News Read the full pdf here                                                     —————                                                                                                                                        7.Beyond Nuclear: https://beyondnuclearinternational.org6.1. A factory churning out small modular reactors like Lego pieces may sound appealing in theory. But small reactors were rejected decades ago, are untested designs still on the drawing board, are too big an upfront investment, and can do nothing in time or at all to address climate change. We devote this week’s issue of the Digest to two stories on SMRs and our fact sheet debunking their myths and deceptions.   6.2.     Dr. Helen Caldicott won’t back down. Or is it that we won’t let her? We profile an extraordinary woman, a fighter who wants peace, a militant who confronts the military industrial complex. And a moving Cuban dramatic film looks at what happened when children sickened by Chernobyl were brought to a Havana hospital.  ++++6.3 A landmark new book on the true extent of Chernobyl health and environmental impacts, and how these figures were downplayed and diluted, deserves to be read and disseminated widely. One who lived through the experience, Chernobyl liquidator, Natalia Manzurova, tells her story and describes her own dire health outcomes due to her work.                                                                                                             —————-                                                                                                                                                  8. The recent Fridays for Future protests demonstrate a global dissatisfaction with the continuing failure of governments and industry to protect the climate. And the setting of the Doomsday Clock hands to 2 minutes to midnight in January this year indicates a continuing high risk of a nuclear conflict. However, ‘devastating climate change and the risk of a nuclear war will not be prevented unless the international community tackles the economic and political influence of the fossil fuel and nuclear weapons industries’, according to participants of Move the Nuclear Weapons Money, an international conference held in Basel, Switzerland on April 12-13, 2019.                                                         —————–                                                                                                                                                9. For an interesting take on the Chernobyl affair and nuclear accidents, we recommend the following novel. Alex will be talking about his book at ECND’s meeting as part of the Edinburgh World Justice Festival 1st October

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Other News:
1. Anti-nuclear campaigners have criticised a debate held in the House of Commons to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Continuous at Sea Deterrent (CASD). Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said: 50 years after the first British submarine carrying nuclear weapons on board was deployed, the world has changed fundamentally. But judging by this debate, the attitudes of most of our politicians haven’t evolved at all. We have heard 50-year old arguments from the government today which ignore the rapid pace of technological change which render nuclear weapons submarines obsolete. We need a new vision of security for the 21st century not a tired repetition of past dogma. CND is working hard putting the finishing touches to the first leg of theirGlobal Dangers speaking tour, with which we’re mobilising opposition to the new and alarming nuclear threats that the world is facing.

2.On Saturday April 06 2019, two activists from the Faslane Peace Camp successfully blockaded the South entrance to HMNB Clyde (Faslane) for four hours between 2pm and 6pm. An intermediate court diet has been set for 9 May (10am), with an initial trial date set for 17th May (10am) at Dumbarton Sheriff Court. All are encouraged to join us at court and show your support for the peace movement. For more information please contact the Faslane Peace Camp: Phone: +447376188216 Email: faslanepeacecamp@protonmail.com

3. Nuclear disarmament/ TPNW was one of the themes of the Bristol Peace Lecture this year download the slides from the SGR website: Science for a secure and sustainable future http://www.sgr.org.uk/resources/science-secure-and-sustainable-future
4. Yorkshire CND produced a guide to local to campaigning on the TPNW,
5. ICANUK had a very good discussion of what is being done for the Ban Treaty and disarmament now and in the run up to May (NPT etc) from many different perspectives.  There was a short but useful session at the end with some initial strategising looking further forward to 2020 and beyond. hope t next meeting, likely to be in September in London.
6. Hebden Royd Town Council has become the third UK Council to formally pass a resolution to support the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and the ICAN Cities Appeal.
7. Sad news from Australia: due to some unforeseeable circumstances the Walkatjurra Walkabout will not be happening this year.
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