Save the World
Save the world
No one can do everything, but we can all do something! And since you probably don’t want to live in a world where a little number of men in suits in a little number of states have the capacity of annihilating the earth and its inhabitants several times again, you probably want to do your share of good. Here you’ll find some ideas on how to get active for peace and nuclear disarmament.
To get your message out in a good way you need to know what you are talking about. You have already found Learn about Nuclear Weapons, which is a good start.
- Study the in-depth articles and check the references to see if there is something you’ll need to learn more about. There are a lot of web sites with information on various aspects of the nuclear issue, and of various degrees of difficulty.
- Contact an organisation and ask for a meeting to learn more about nuclear disarmament work. Links
- Ask someone to give a lecture in your class, your association or to your interested friends.
The more of us we are, the louder we will sound. It is much easier to gain attention, by the public and the media, if you are many. There are already a number of great organisations around the world working on nuclear disarmament, peace and security issues.
- Become a member of an organisation that you like
- Check out the list of web links to find out more about what organisations exist and how these work
- Take part in the ongoing disarmament work of your organisation or suggest your own ideas – most organisations will be happy to have members with ideas and ambitions.
Advocate politicians and decision makers!
Our politicians are elected by the people, and are therefore often keen on listening to the public opinion. Public debate around nuclear disarmament issues lead to increased efforts by the governments. Silence from the public make it much easier for the governments to ignore the difficult debates with nuclear weapon states on nuclear disarmament. Hence, it is very important to have an interested and engaged public scrutinizing and making demands on the elected. Both politicians and officials at the Government Offices can be contacted.
Also decision makers in other states are affected by the public opinion outside the own state borders. E.g. protests in Sweden against the US missile defence are monitored closely by the US Embassy in Stockholm, that reports back to Capitol. A state with a foreign policy that causes massive protests abroad takes impression of these protests.
- Write a letter to the parliamentarians working on foreign affairs or defence issues, asking a specific question or suggesting a particular issue you would like to see them pursue in the parliament. Names and addresses to all parliamentarians can usually be found at the parliament’s web page.
- Call the Department of Foriegn Affairs to find out which official to talk to about nuclear weapons disarmament. Ask to meet the official or writer her/him a letter. In the letter or during the meeting you can present your questions or suggestions.
- Write a letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and ask your questions or present your suggestions.
- Organise a meeting with parliamentarians or responsible officials at the Department of Foreign Affairs. Listen to what they have to say about nuclear disarmament and let them know your opinions.
- Contact your local politicians and ask them to pursue a certain issue of nuclear disarmament within the Party. Within political parties it is always discussed what position to have on certain isues. By proposing an issue within a party – locally as a start – a debate is started and a position demanded. Then, it is possible for the local party to submit a motion to the Party Congress, making the issue a matter of national concern.
- If you have written an essay, an article or anything about nuclear disarmament, send this material to parliamentarians and/or officials at the Department of Foreign Affairs. detta material till riksdagsledamöter och/eller tjänstemän på Utrikesdepartementet.
- If you want your opinion heard by another country than your own, you can send a letter to that country’s embassy in your country.
- Always remeber to contact politicians and decision makers when they have done something good, to encourage them to continue. You can send them a personal letter or post card, and will surely be remembered and appreciated.
March and rally!
You can organise a manifestation posing a specific demand for something you think your government or Parliament should do regarding nuclear disarmament. If you want your opinion heard by another country than your own, you can organise a rally outside that country’s embassy in your country.
- There are a lot of things to remember when organising a march or rally. Keep the following in mind:
- What is your message? Remember to present a clear and distinct message. Too many demands and opinions gets too difficult for the public, for the media and for politicians to grasp.
- When and where is the event? It is important to identify the right time and place, to call as much attention as possible to your event.
- Get a police permit for the event well in advance.
- Get the word out well in advance. Send information to other organisations and to concerned individuals. Hang posters. If possible, post a press release to the main news desks the same day or the day before your event.
- Mix speeches with some kind of entertainment to get passers-by to stop and make the event livelier.
Create a media debate!
If you want many people to hear your message, media is the way to go. There are many useful sources of media for reaching out: newspapers, TV and radio are the usual channelsm but today there are many web based platforms that can be used.
- Monitor the reporting on nuclear disarmament issues in your local and national media. Make a register of journalists who write or do TV stories about nuclear issues.
- Send information to a few or all of the journalists on your list about the activities you organise.
- Write polemical articles and try to havet hem published in a newspaper. It is often easier to get published in a smaller local newspaper than in the main national newspapers.
- Write a letter to the editor
- Send press releases if you organize an event or if you have a polemical article published in a newspaper (in the latter case, send the press release immediately when the article has been published).
- Create a cause or group at Facebook or some other web community. These communities are a great means of spreading the word about a march, rally, seminar or other events!