Cecili

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Contributor Since 18 September 2019


Mentor Background

What is your area of expertise?

  • Nuclear Weapons
  • Other
  • Are you interested in mentoring high school or college students, or both?

  • High School Students
  • College Students
  • How did you become interested in this area?

    I first became interested when I read Hiroshima in 8th grade. I was absolutely disgusted that the human race could do this and vowed to engage however I could. A few years later I met some Greenpeace activists working to prevent nuclear testing by France and my passion was reignited. 

    What was your career path to get here?

    I have worked on a wide variety of issue campaigns - from human rights and poverty to healthcare and climate change. Through all of that, I have supported organizations working to prevent nuclear war, like Global Zero. I am very fortunate to have had those two world align when Beyond the Bomb was hiring a director last year. 

    Why should the public care?

    Nuclear weapons are an existential crisis. Because we don't, as regular people, deal with them every day, they are often forgotten. But, the threat remains whether we pay attention to it or not. If a nuclear weapon were to be used in conflict, it would have a dramatic impact on our climate, our freedoms, and everything we hold dear. Many of today's nuclear weapons are significantly bigger than those dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki - exponentially increase the catastrophic impact they could have.

    What is a current issue or trend that concerns you?

    I am most concerned by the idea of "first use" or maintaining the option to start a nuclear war. A nuclear war cannot be won. Using a nuclear weapon first - even if it is because we believe an adversary might use one in the future, it resigning to ending the world as we know it. And, further, no one person should have the authority to launch a nuclear weapon with no checks or balance - as the U.S. president currently does.


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