A mind boggling $1,000 billion will be spent by the world’s nine nuclear-armed powers (including Britain) over the next decade on modernising nuclear weapons, says campaign group Global Zero - while UK budgets for social and environmental spending are slashed.
But, you can do something: learn more about the issues by heading to your local cinema tomorrow, Tuesday June 21, to join the UK premiere of Countdown to Zero for Demand Zero Day.
Produced by the team behind An Inconvenient Truth, Countdown to Zero is a chilling wake-up call about the urgency of the nuclear threat in the 21st century.
Filmmaker Lucy Walker literally traveled the world to secure insightful interviews with a host of international experts, world leaders and those on the frontline of trying to control the spread of nuclear weapons. The end result is a film described by the Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw as: ‘the horror film of the year, or perhaps the decade’.
The film is being screened simultaneously across the UK and Ireland tomorrow, June 21, at sixty cinemas nationwide, plus a similar number of ambassador screenings in non-cinema venues. And after the film venues there will be a link up live to BAFTA for a panel discussion with special guests Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, Margaret Beckett, Lawrence Bender (Tarantino's producer) and ex-CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson.
To find your local screening visit: countdowntozerofilm.com/screenings
And to sign the petition demanding a world without nuclear weapons: cutnukes.globalzero.org