Wasting £97bn on new nuclear missiles just doesn't make sense.
Essential public services are being cut, along with crucial programmes to secure clean, safe energy to power our homes and businesses.
But the easiest cut of all – cutting out plans to build new nuclear weapons – is being ignored by our politicians.
Peace - where we are now
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At the height of the Cold War in the 1960s it seemed almost inevitable that a terrifying nuclear arms race would spread to all corners of the globe, threatening the future of humanity. That’s why the international community got together and agreed to ban nuclear weapons.
Fifty years on, almost all nations reject the need for nuclear weapons. Today only nine countries still possess them – in clear contravention of international law.
Greenpeace believes that only by cutting our nuclear addiction can we place nuclear materials under strong controls – and ensure they don’t get into the hands of terrorists and dictators.
Spending endless billions on nuclear missiles is a costly diversion from tackling the real challenges we face today - replacing Britain's aging Trident system will cost at least £97bn. And what do we gain? Bombs capable of flattening continents clearly can’t deter suicide bombers, deal with cyber-terrorism or prevent civil wars.
Today we have a real chance for change - with President Obama leading the charge for a world free of nuclear weapons on the international stage, the opportunity for real progress is brighter than anytime since the end of the Cold War.
The tired old myths about nuclear weapons are now being challenged. And people are realising that those few countries that are clinging onto nuclear arms are making the future more dangerous - for both their own citizens and the rest of the planet.
More and more security experts and senior military figures now agree that a nuclear weapons free world is both achievable and essential. And experts are producing detailed roadmaps to show how we can get there.
Most importantly the world's biggest super-power - global public opinion - is on our side.