Standing together for peace: a message to Julie Bishop

 

At 7am this morning, 149 origami peace doves carrying thousands of messages for peace took flight in front of the Sydney Opera House.

Here’s what it looked like:

Over the past month, thousands of us have spoken up for a peaceful world without nuclear weapons – even though our government hasn’t. Julie Bishop had a chance to sign Australia up to the Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty when it opened for signature in New York yesterday, but she chose not to.

The treaty will likely come into force anyway as many other countries will sign it – so there are plenty more chances to reverse Julie Bishop’s decision. And the pressure is building.

Here’s what we did together to get the treaty on the political agenda:

  • Last week in central Sydney, dozens of people came together to make huge origami doves and write messages for peace sent in from all across the country on their wings. Each origami dove represents 100 nuclear weapons that still exist in the world today – that’s a total of 14,900.
  • This week, Greenpeace commissioned a poll to find out just how many of us support a ban on nuclear weapons. The results were overwhelming: 72% of all Australians support a ban on nuclear weapons. This poll travelled across the media, led to live interviews on TV, and got the treaty back on the political agenda.
  • And yesterday, our friends at the International Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) scaled DFAT’s HQ in Canberra with an unmissable banner, demanding Australia sign the treaty now.

ICAN banner in Canberra

This morning, we assembled your doves in front of Sydney’s iconic Opera House – and now the doves are on their way to Julie Bishop’s office in Canberra to deliver your messages.

Greenpeace is an independent, people-powered organisation that has been fighting to eliminate nuclear weapons since 1971. In fact, Greenpeace was born during an anti-nuclear testing protest, and we won’t ever stop until there are zero nuclear weapons in the world. The new UN Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty offers a real way forward at a time when we desperately need it. We’ll keep up the pressure for as long as it takes Australia to get on the right side of history.

So thank you to all those people who added their name to the petition and wrote a heartfelt message for a peaceful future. Let’s not stop until we get it.

  • Geoff Holland

    So good Greenpeace is involved in promoting the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty. Aotearoa-New Zealand has signed – why not Australia?

    Greenpeace was instrumental in stopping atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons, eg at Amchitka in Alaska, and then shutting down French underground testing at Moruroa Atoll in French Polynesia. One Greenpeace activist lost his life in the campaign when French agents blew up the Rainbow Warrior 1 in Auckland harbour.

    We must rebuild the global peace movement and make it bigger and stronger than ever!