"Humans constructed the atomic bomb but no mouse in the world would ever construct a mouse trap"
- Albert Einstein
For the past 25 years, I’ve been a housewife enjoying suburbia, living in a comfortable home with my family. I feel lucky and grateful for this wonderful experience.
In the summer of 2017 as my son was leaving for college, there was a significant amount of news coverage about the conflict between the U.S. and North Korea. I knew little then about nuclear weapons.
By the following August, President Trump warned, "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire, fury and, frankly, power the likes of which the world has never seen before." Hearing him say this gave me chills —not the good kind — but it piqued my interest.
I watched the movie, “Hiroshima, History of World War II.” It gave me a visceral reaction. I couldn’t stop thinking about it, so I watched more documentaries. The more I learned, the more I wanted to know, and the more shocked I became. Not only had billions of dollars been spent creating a massive nuclear arsenal that if used would likely lead to the end of human civilization (at its peak the U.S. had 70,000 weapons), but in addition, tons, 90,000 metric tons or about 198 million lbs., of toxic nuclear waste did not have safe permanent storage.
I decided I needed to do something.
I contacted Andoni Elias Nava, a talented filmmaker and graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of Arts, who understood what I wanted to do. To raise awareness, we created a short, compelling film and this informative website that contains a call to action for U.S. senators.
I also met with Tomiko Morimoto West, a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bombing, the first atomic bombing in history. She was only 13 years old. She lost her entire family and watched her grandparents suffer slow deaths from radiation sickness. She saw firsthand people, holding their skin that was dripping off their bodies, beg for water. She lived the horrors and realities of nuclear weapons. Tomiko’s letter on this website tells her story in her own words.
My hope is that every senator will be flooded with our anti-nuclear emails and that President Trump will be persuaded to lead an initiative with Russia and the other eight nuclear states to take steps denuclearize and stop producing nuclear weapons – NOW.
We are in this together, and the risks are real. I urge you to share this with everyone you know. You can make a difference and help to create a safer world.Carolyn Perry