What can actually be done to reduce nuclear risks?
After decades of decreasing nuclear weapons stockpiles, the elimination of tons of radioactive materials, and increased vigilance by states and companies around the world regarding their nuclear weapons, facilities, and materials, sadly today we face a reality where the the risks are actually once again on the upswing. As an organization, we are committed to taking actions that will reduce these risks - and are convinced there are things that can be done to do so, without working at the IAEA or trying to lobby the U.S. federal government. Under the rubric of this overall campaign, here are a few of the opportunities we are pursuing to make the world a safer place from nuclear weapons - we look to you for your support:
- Raising Awareness: we continue to educate international audiences on the threats of nuclear proliferation, but also work closely with our local community to host high-profile speakers and experts on the threats posed by nuclear weapons. These include Dr. Bill Perry, Dr. Jeffrey Lewis, Ambassador Kathleen Stephens, Richard Rhodes, Ira Helfand, and many others.
- Nuclear Security: we are constantly engaged in the effort to identify technologies that will help better secure nuclear weapons and materials. Our partners and generous sponsors helped move us successfully through the first phase of a global competition to develop a problem statement and define the objective of developing an open-source, confidential system for maintaining real time accountability for nuclear weapons and materials.
- Citizen Array: we continue to work with partners to develop the Citizen Array network that could potentially contribute to CTBT monitoring through the use of backyard seismic sensors for seismic detection. Opportunities exist for making this a reality through partnering with researchers at UC Berkeley and at Lawrence Livermore Nuclear Laboratories, and we look forward to a day when these tools become a reality.