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Welcoming in the Nuclear Ban Treaty

 Day 6 #TPNWChallenge: Write to your Representative


The Nuclear Ban Treaty (TPNW) becomes international law tomorrow!


Right now, Scotland is an unwilling host for the UK’s nuclear weapons. If we are able to reject them, it could lead to the unravelling of the UK’s entire nuclear programme – it’s certain that the government would struggle to find anywhere else in the UK that would be prepared to take the risks of hosting them.


The Treaty adds strength to Scotland’s fight to become a nuclear-free country. It sets a clear international standard that nuclear weapons are illegal, inhuman, and must be completely eliminated.


ICAN has a Parliamentarians’ Pledge for politicians who promise to support the aims of the Treaty and work to see it realised. 


Most MSPs and Scottish MPs have already signed the Pledge. You can check if your representative has done so here. (To check who your MSP or MP is, look them up easily on a site like WriteToThem or TheyWorkForYou.)


If your representative has signed the Pledge, please take a minute to send them a short letter of thanks and support. Remember, as they work to push for a nuclear-free Scotland, they will face a lot of resistance from the UK and its nuclear-armed allies, so it’s really important to remind them that they have the strong support of the people they represent. 


Our template letter to the media might provide some helpful inspiration, if you’re not sure what to write, but it’s really important to try and put your message in your own words, if you want your MSP or MP to take notice  – have a quick read of MySociety’s guidance on writing a letter that politicians will actually read.


If your MP or MSP is one of the few Scottish politicians who hasn’t signed the ICAN Pledge yet, please write to them now and urge them to do so!


If you have a bit of extra time today, we would also encourage you to write to your local councillors (check out who your local representatives are on WriteToThem) and ask your Council to endorse the ICAN Cities Pledge and become a member of the UK & Ireland Nuclear-Free Local Authorities. Only four Scottish Local Authorities have done this so far (Edinburgh, East Ayrshire, Fife & Renfrewshire – with Stirling on the way!) and this is definitely not representative of most Scottish people’s views!


More information about our #TPNWChallenge... 



Day 5 #TPNWChallenge: Listen to Survivors


The Nuclear Ban Treaty (TPNW) becomes international law on Friday 22 January 2021. Countries around the world have committed to putting an end to nuclear weapons, once and for all.


Why does this matter? The best way to understand this is to listen to the stories of people who have experienced the full violence of nuclear weapons – the hibakusha who survived the US attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the people who have suffered from the thousands of nuclear tests carried out since then.


Here are some of the places you can go to read or listen to survivors’ stories:


Setsuko Thurlow, survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bomb, speaks of her experience in an interview with Pressenza (video, 1h14)


Hibakusha stories from a number of survivors of the atomic bomb attacks on Japan (short written pieces)


The Voice of Hibakusha eye-witness accounts in the Atomic Archive (longer written pieces / interviews)


Kathy Jetnil-Kitijner’s poem, Midnight,speaks of the legacy of nuclear tests and the impact of climate change in the Marshall Islands (video, 4 minutes


LABRATS’ video collection shares a wide range of stories from people who have experienced nuclear tests around the world


There are many more stories out there. Do you have one you would like to share with us? Please send it to the team and we will add it to this list.

Article 6 of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons includes a commitment to assist victims of nuclear weapons and nuclear tests, and to address the environmental damage done. This is a new and positive step forward, which honestly recognises the unjustifiable human cost of nuclear weapons.



Day 4 #TPNWChallenge: Money Talks


The Nuclear Ban Treaty (TPNW) becomes international law on Friday 22 January 2021. In more than 50 countries worldwide, it will now be illegal to have anything to do with the creation, transfer or use of nuclear weapons.


Even if our government hasn’t yet signed the Treaty, there’s lots we can do to make our support felt – including voting with our wallets!


Did you know that Scottish financial institutions and pension schemes invested around £6 billion in nuclear weapons in 2019 alone? Find out more on Don’t Bank on the Bomb’s website here.


You can help to change this by asking your bank or pension provider to divest from nuclear weapons today. Don’t Bank on the Bomb has produced two fantastic four-step guides: one for engaging with your bank, and one for your pension provider


If you have a few minutes today, why not work through one of these guides and help to make a big change? Remember, financial institutions value their reputations and, now that nuclear weapons are illegal in many countries around the world, there is a great opportunity to push our banks and pension providers to step away from any involvement with these terrible weapons.



Day 3 #TPNWChallenge: Teach Peace

The Nuclear Ban Treaty (TPNW) becomes international law on Friday 22 January 2021. This changes everything! But to understand why nuclear weapons must be banned, it’s important to understand their terrible history.

Peace Education Scotland produce a wide range of resources suitable for use in schools, for children of different ages and to support studies in a range of different studies.

There are highly relevant resources on COVID-19 and nuclear weapons and there are plenty of materials and videos that could be shared as part of online learning or as part of a home-schooling approach. 

We know that lockdowns are especially hard going for schools and families, so you might want to choose your timing carefully on this one. If you can see how well these resources would fit with a class your school is teaching, by all means share them today! But if you think it might take a bit more work for schools to think about how to integrate these in their curriculum, you might prefer to save this action for a later date, and just take the time to learn your own way around Peace Education Scotland’s resources right now!


Day 2 #TPNWChallenge: Make Art


The Nuclear Ban Treaty (TPNW) becomes international law on Friday 22 January 2021. This is a cause for celebration!

Why not get the word out by making some bright and beautiful artwork and putting it up in your window for the world to see?

Or use your creativity however works best for you! Make something digital and share it with us on Instagram. Write a poem, make music, tell a story ...

We would love to see what you create. Please share your work with us on social media (use the hashtags #TPNWChallenge and #Windows4Peace if you can) or send them to us by email.


Day 1 #TPNWChallenge: Alert the Media


The Nuclear Ban Treaty (TPNW) becomes international law on Friday 22 January 2021. This is big news! It will be a big boost to Scotland's work towards becoming a nuclear-free country. 


Make sure that people up and down the country are talking about it by writing to your local newspaper, parish magazine or favourite digital publication. If you’re feeling brave, why not contact your local radio station or your favourite podcast and ask if they will interview you about the Treaty? 


Download our template letter here if you are looking for inspiration, or write your own (and feel free to share it with us!). 

 If you have never written to your paper before, don’t be daunted! Newspapers and magazines are almost always happy to receive readers’ letters. You will make a good impression if your letter is short, clear and positive – it will also help to grab readers’ attention. You can usually find contact details by looking on the inside front cover, the opinion page or the back cover of a paper, or by checking on its website.

If you write to your local paper and they want to follow it up with an interview or an in-depth article – great! If you don’t feel comfortable doing this, or you would like some more information, please get in touch with the SCND team and we will be happy to help.

Introducing the #TPNWChallenge

On Friday 22 January 2021, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons enters into force in international law. Read more about what that means for us here in Scotland.

We are celebrating Entry Into Force with a Week of Action starting on Saturday 16 January. Each day, we will be asking you to do a simple action - it won't take more than five or ten minutes of your time - to raise awareness of the Treaty and to build support for it among your community.

We'd love to see what you do! Please share your actions with us on social media using the hashtag #TPNWChallenge or send us updates by email. Download our Week of Action checklist here, or follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook daily to see each day's new challenge.

Find out more about bell-ringing and celebrating on the 22nd here (and how you can help to make it happen!). Check out Scottish CND and local groups' events here, other Scottish & UK events on NuclearBan.Scot, and international events on the ICAN website.

This web page will be updated daily with any templates, links or resources you might need to complete your #TPNWChallenge actions. Good luck!