Nuclear Age (02:17)
The nuclear age is over sixty years old. Marius Chan describes underground nuclear tests. Disarmament agreements are not being honored by world leaders due to lack of protest from citizens.
The atoll of Moruroa in French Polynesia was used by France for nuclear testing for thirty years. Moruroa became ground zero for the anti-nuclear movement.
Atmospheric and Underground Testing (05:51)
In 1958, the campaign for nuclear disarmament organized the first worldwide grassroots opposition. In 1963, America, Great Britain, and the U.S.S.R. signed an agreement banning atmospheric testing. France continued atmospheric testing in Moruroa until pressure from Greenpeace and New Zealand forced them to switch to underground testing.
Hear a family discuss the sacrifices made to protest nuclear testing. On July 10th, 1985, France ordered the sinking of The Rainbow Warrior, a Greenpeace ship. In 1995, French President Jacques Chirac allowed a new series of nuclear tests which led to a rebellion in Tahiti.
Nuclear Club (04:07)
The United States, Great Britain, France, Russia, and China reinvest in their nuclear arsenals. In 2006, France admitted that there was radioactive fallout throughout French Polynesia due to nuclear testing. Jean-Marie Matagne states that it is difficult for the public to acquire information concerning nuclear testing.
Illness from Nuclear Testing (06:08)
Moruroa faces high rates of cancer despite a small population. John Taroanui Doom states that 152 underground nuclear tests in French Polynesia have led to 700 kilos of plutonium underneath Moruroa. One tenth of a millionth of a gram of plutonium can cause cancer.
Anti-Nuclear Movement: New Zealand (05:33)
Annie Boanas expresses frustration with youth's complacency towards nuclear weapons. Hear activists discuss the power ordinary citizens have in enacting change. The British tested nuclear weapons in the Pacific in 1952 with the assistance of the Australian and New Zealand military.
Disarmament and Security Center (04:57)
Robert Green, a retired Royal Navy Commander, works at the Disarmament and Security Center. Admiral Gene Larocque discusses the possibility of nuclear war.
Nuclear Deterrence (05:00)
Alliances such as NATO rely on nuclear deterrents. Green discusses the perspectives of those in favor of keeping nuclear weapons.
Nuclear Arsenals (03:51)
Blix questions the practicality of fighting terrorism with nuclear threat. Green discusses British motivations for having nuclear weapons.
Anti-Nuclear Movement: Canada (06:54)
In 2006, Canadian activists protested nuclear weapons. Marches for the anti-nuclear movement have dwindled drastically since the Cold War. Kathleen Sullivan demonstrates the firepower of the world's nuclear arsenal today verses during WWII.
Credits: May the Bomb Be with You (00:35)
Credits: May the Bomb Be with You
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