Edinburgh CND Update – February 2021

We hope all our supporters have had a good start to the year, and joined in the celebrations around the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which entered into force at noon on 22nd January! In Edinburgh, church bells were rung to mark the event, and people also rang bells on their own doorsteps to raise awareness of the Treaty. Anti-nuclear images were projected onto several buildings, including the Scottish Parliament and other government offices. If you took part in any events, or saw any of the projections, please share your stories or photos with us!

The British government recently quietly revealed that the replacement of the Trident nuclear submarine fleet – based at Faslane – will be delayed for another year, raising questions of whether the ageing fleet is safe and can be relied upon. The planned replacements will cost an indefensible £31 billion. If you feel these funds could be put to better use than potentially catastrophic nuclear weapons, which have misfired in the past, contact your local politician(s) and urge them to support scrapping Trident.

We will be holding our next meeting (via Zoom) at 6pm on Tuesday 2nd March. The meeting will open with a short presentation from one of our members on the anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. On March 11th 2021 the world will mark 10 years since the most severe nuclear accident since Chernobyl – one which formal investigations declared entirely foreseeable, and caused by failure to meet the most basic of safety requirements. The short talk will discuss the disaster, its aftermath, and ongoing risks.

Going forward, we plan to hold all our meetings on the 1st Tuesday of each month. All are welcome to attend – if you are not already on the mailing list and would like to attend the meeting, just let us know! Likewise, if you know someone who might like to attend and/or join Edinburgh CND, feel free to invite them.

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