Dorothy Rowe, the author of Living with the Bomb talks us through why this text is as important today as it was when it was first published in 1985.
'The importance of Living with the Bomb has increased vastly since it was first published. Then, only the major powers, the USA, the USSR and the UK had nuclear weapons. Now many more countries, countries like North Korea, Israel, India and Pakistan, have nuclear weapons. The nuclear devices themselves come in many forms and can be delivered in many different ways. Old enmities continue in struggles over who should own what land and whose religious belief should triumph over all others. Leaders have been deposed, and not all have gone quietly. Millions of people have lost their homes and livelihoods and now live in camps, dependent on charity from the wealthier nations. A country like Syria, once wealthy and peaceful with different faiths living side by side, is now torn apart, its cities destroyed, in a struggle that shows no sign of ending.
Meanwhile, the climate is changing. As the earth warms the icecaps are melting. As the waters rise, in Bangladesh thousands try to flee to safety but are held back by the wall that India is constructing to keep them out. Wealthy countries do not welcome penniless refugees.
We cannot solve the problems of nuclear weapons, refugees and climate change while we continue to define ourselves in terms of the group we belong to and the stranger who, being a stranger, must be our enemy. We need to learn to see ourselves as one people, the people who inhabit the Earth which is our home.'
Living with the Bomb describes our different forms of denial and the effects such denial has, as well as the process of change we must undertake in order to secure the continuation of the human race.
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