History tells us that since nuclear weapons testing began on 16 July 1945, nearly 2,000 have taken place. In the early phases of nuclear testing little consideration was given to its devastating effects on human life. Even less attention was paid to the dangers of nuclear fallout from atmospheric tests. However, hindsight and history now show the terrifying and tragic effects of nuclear weapons testing, especially when controlled conditions go awry, and in light of the far more powerful and destructive nuclear weapons that exist today.
The human and environmental tragedies that are the result of nuclear testing are compelling reasons for the need to observe the International Day against Nuclear Tests – a day in which educational events, activities and messages aim to capture attention and underscore the need for unified efforts to prevent further nuclear weapons testing.
The international instrument to put an end to all forms of nuclear testing is the 1996 Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), unfortunately, this has yet to enter into force.
Brigidine Sisters share the hope that one day all nuclear weapons will be eliminated. Until then, we will continue to pray and work with others to promote ecological and social justice, so that there may be peace and security world-wide.