My nine year old niece, Maitreyi, and I like to collaborate on projects. This year, for Hiroshima Day, I told her about the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons which came into force on January 22, 2021. We looked up its main provisions and we looked up the signatories. None of the countries we looked up had signed. So she came up with the great idea of a Citizens’ Treaty–a document we would all sign to promise that we would hold our governments accountable. She took herself off to a quiet corner, read the treaty, and came up with a simple draft–the kind that all of us can understand.
We were really excited and put it on a Google Form and got our family members to sign. We were going to get more signatures and then send it to the UN but didn’t.
Today is International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (September 26). On this day, with Maitreyi’s permission, I am sharing the Treaty she drafted with you. Do sign it if you agree.
If you are wondering why nuclear weapons should be banned, there are loads of resources out there, but let me share a few short videos here: