Hello Catherine. I hope all is well with you. I am in Dublin and we are launching the Peace Tables Worldwide campaign here tomorrow. It is quite exciting and we are getting an amazing amount of support and buy-in from NGOs and academics at both the Bradford conference and now the conference going on here in Dublin today.
Bradford was lovely - to see Rotary Peace Fellow friends and meet so many new ones. Rotary had a very good presence there. I think we had four or five people sign up for Peace Tables as a bonus!
Winnipeg Peace Gathering: Bridges for Peace 2016
September 25th- September 27th
PRIP Sakuji Tanaka says “I can think of no greater threat to peace than the spread of nuclear weapons.”
The threat is clearly stated in this one minute video.
So what can Rotarians do? Three Rotary clubs in the US (We Rotary eClub of Hawaii, Little Tokyo RC, LA Downtown RC) and 3 Rotary clubs in Japan (Yoneyama Yuai RC (Tokyo), Yoneyama E- club (Tokyo), Hiroshima RC) teamed up to send Hiroshima survivor plants to US Rotary clubs in the US. See, Green Legacy program:
Those Rotary clubs requesting plants are invited to training seminars in the US to develop community programs of public awareness and youth education that lead to the reduction of nuclear weapons. Finally, all participants will get their most inspiring training at a big event in Hiroshima in 2020 for the 75th anniversary of of the dropping of the atomic bomb.
A movement is underway for mayors of US cities to oppose the funding to expand nuclear weapons programs. See,
PDG Steve Yoshida, Founding member, We Rotary