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Nuclear weapons in the age of the anthropocene
14. mars @ 12:00 - 14:00
Welcome to open lecture and discussion at Wergeland, Litteraturhuset (Oslo)
Norges Fredslag, Greenpeace Norge, Nei til Atomvåpen and Internasjonal kvinneliga for fred og frihet (IKFF) invites you to a lecture and discussion on nuclear weapons and its consequences on human rights and the environment, in the age of the anthropocene.
75 years ago nuclear weapons changed our reality. For the first time in human history we were capable of our own destruction. In the years that followed nuclear weapons has remained the foremost expression of human ability to disrupt the earth’s capacity to maintain life. The Anthropocene is often said to begin around 1950, when nuclear weapons testing spread radioactive material around the globe, demonstrating the pervasiveness of human impact on earth and its future development. Since then, the nuclear weapon states have executed more than 2000 nuclear weapons tests with immense consequences for humans and the environment.
This event will explore nuclear weapons in a broader perspective. Beyond its potential use in war, the whole nuclear weapons infrastructure can be seen as destructive and a massive source of insecurity for humans and nature. How do we achieve security for people and the environment as long as nuclear weapons exists?
Rens van Munster is a senior researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS). He is the director of the research program ‘Radioactive Ruins: Security in the Age of the Anthropocene’, which explores the multiple and often surprising links between the Cold War, nuclear weapons and the age of the Anthropocene, with a specific focus on US nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands.
Dr Nobou Hayashi is an Associate Senior Lecturer at the Swedish Defence University. He also holds visiting professorships at the University for Peace in Costa Rica and the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute in Italy. He specializes in various fields, such as international human rights law and international weapons law. He is particularly known for his work on the law and ethics of nuclear weapons and international war crimes jurisprudence.
Grethe Østern is the leader for weapons policy at the Norwegian People’s Aid. She is part of the board representing ICAN Norway, and editor of Nuclear Weapons Ban Monitor.
Rolf Lindahl is a Climate and Energy Campaigner with Greenpeace Sweden whom has worked with issues around nuclear energy. He has a background from the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society (SPAS) with arms trade and disarmament issues.
Moderator: Sigrid Z. Heiberg is the foreign policy spokesperson for the Green Party (MDG) and on the board of Nei til Atomvåpen. She has previously worked for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).