Michael Douglas, R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Tom Morello, Serj Tankian Join Other Artists in Support of Global Zero Campaign Calling on President Obama to Set World’s Course to Zero Nukes
Queen Noor, Valerie Plame Wilson Kick-Off Grassroots Campaign with Support from United Nations and 75 Leaders Urging Obama to Start First Multilateral Talks to Reduce Nuclear Arms
Washington, DC – Celebrities, musicians and major campaign organizations are turning out in support of Global Zero’s new international campaign calling on President Obama to set the world’s course to zero nuclear weapons by negotiating further cuts in massive U.S.–Russian Cold War nuclear arsenals and bringing other nuclear powers into the first international negotiations to reduce nuclear arms globally.
As part of the launch, Global Zero released a two-minute inspirational video narrated by Michael Douglas, which in its first week was seen by tens of thousands of people, aired in broadcast interviews with Her Majesty Queen Noor and former CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson on MSNBC, CNN, Yahoo News and Huffington Post, and was promoted by the United Nations, MoveOn.org and Greenpeace as well as celebrities, bands and artists such as Richard Branson, Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Serj Tankian and Tom Morello, among many others.
The video may be viewed at: www.globalzero.org/demand-zero/2030.
Global Zero also released a global grassroots petition, a letter to President Obama from approximately 75 former prime ministers, foreign and defense ministers and military commanders, and a recently passed European Parliament declaration – all urging him to initiate international nuclear arms negotiations. The campaign is calling on him to announce his commitment to do so on April 5, 2013 – the fourth anniversary of his seminal 2009 Prague speech calling for a world without nuclear weapons.
The message from these leaders, young people and the global grassroots is that nuclear weapons do not address today’s security threats; that in a time of budget crises they wastefully consume precious resources in the amount of $1 trillion per decade globally; and that the only way to eliminate the rising global threat of proliferation and nuclear terrorism is to eliminate all nuclear weapons.
This is a global problem and it requires a global solution. The President has made significant progress and recently committed to pursue a 50% cut in U.S. and Russian arsenals – but to set the world’s course to global zero he needs to take the next big step: bringing other world leaders into the first international negotiations in history to reduce nuclear arms globally.
Global Zero has emerged as one of the most remarkable social movements in history. Powered by a visionary group of 300 leaders and experts who support its bold, step-by-step plan to eliminate all nuclear weapons by 2030, the relentless creativity and energy of young people and half a million citizens worldwide, Global Zero is challenging the 20th century idea of basing national security on the threat of mass destruction – and making real progress on the road to a world without nuclear weapons.
Starting with President Reagan, whose aim was “the total elimination one day of nuclear weapons from the face of the Earth” and who began the process of arms reductions – the Global Zero position has become mainstream – and those who oppose it increasingly outside the mainstream.
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