On 27th of March, more than 3,480 scientists came together from all around the world, to support a call for a total global disarmament of nuclear weapons and negotiate for a brighter and safer future of humanity.
The individuals, who came from more than 80 countries and included 28 Nobel Laureates and a former US Secretary of Defense, signed a letter that was delivered to Her Excellency Ms. Elayne Whyte Gómez from Costa Rica, who is presiding over the negotiations.
David Donoghue, noted that these exchanges between scientists and diplomats are incredibly important:
“Reading the [letter] left no one in doubt about the unimaginable damage that would be done to human health, to animal health, and to the health of the planet if nuclear weapons were to explode. We see the scientific community as vital partners in what we are doing.”
Pentagon’s assertion says that a few hundred nuclear weapons would suffice for “rock-solid deterrence,”. The United States and Russia alone are in possession of a combined 14,000 nuclear weapons!
As the physicist Freeman Dyson, who is credited with conceiving of what is known as the “Dyson Sphere,” says: “WE DON’T NEED THOSE DAMN THINGS!”
It’s crucial for science to be intertwined with politics, especially today when one wrong move can cost us the world.
“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. We need scientists. Knowing the facts is the minimum we need for a sensible approach to negotiations.” — David Donoghue
Dyson noted that scientists are in an unique position to do something about this potential problem because they are the ones who invented those bombs in the first place. He continued explaining why scientists are the ones to negotiate:
“We are running an operation that works, and we are accustomed to working as friends with people all over the world in all kinds of countries with all kinds of religions and political systems. That’s why we are useful in dealing with problems of weapons.”
Scientists even have a plan how to verify that the nuclear weapons are really gone after putting in action the total global disarmament.
Dyson says that experts already work out elaborate systems to verify that there aren’t nukes “lying around” (through the detection of radioactive particles, for example).
“You won’t get rid of them all together right away,” he notes, “but it’s important countries announce publicly to get rid of them. That’s already a big step….you want big steps, and not small steps.”
“somebody’s going to take a big step then the rest of the world will follow.”