Today I am going to inform you about the bad aspects of testing of nuclear weapons. To begin with, nuclear weapons represent humankind’s ultimate confrontation with the natural environment that sustains us. The purpose of these weapons is wholesale destruction on a massive scale, which affects most forms of life. No other single human creation has such potential for harm! It must be forefended without losing any time!
The threat to life posed by nuclear weapons that the International Court of Justice, the world’s highest legal authority, in its 1996 landmark, stated: The destructive power of nuclear weapons can not be contained in either space or time.
They have the potential to destroy all civilisation and the entire ecosystem of the planet. So, we must gather! We must recognize the gravity of threat posed by the world’s 26000 nuclear weapons and respond with a similar sense of urgency! If we do not, the weapons will be used again with catastrophic consequences.
Even if we may not experience those consequences, we can not ignore the following generations. Then, how can you let your children suffer my dear fellows? Obviously, nuclear weapons require either enriched uranium or plutonium as their fuel. Uranium mining and miling produces wastes which contain 85% of the radioactivity of the original ore! Remember the Jadugoda mine in India. At the region, since 2007, the researches declare the increased rates of congenital deformities, cancers and sterility in those living in the vicinity of mine. So, we can not disregard my friends!
How do we know that it won’t happen to us one day? Moreover, approximately 1900 nuclear tests have been conducted of which just over 500 were in the atmosphere, underwater or in space, and the remaining 1400 were underground.
Radioisotopes produced by nuclear tests pose risks to current and future generations by ingestion, inhalation and external radiation. Test sites around the world remain contaminated. In 1991 International Physicians for the Preventation of Nuclear War and the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research published ‘Radioactive Heaven and Earth’.
This study estimated that the radiation exposure form carbon-14 would result in a total of 2. 4 million human cancer deaths. The study concluded that ‘Many aspects of nuclear weapons testing have been characterised by a disregard, sometimes willful of public health and environment. ‘ Also in the US, in 1997, the National Cancer Institute revealed that atmospheric tests at the Nevada sites resulted in significant contamination of the nation’s milk supply with iodine, with estimates of 11000 to 212000 excess thyroid cancers as a result. In that case, won’t you be unafraid to give your children milk, my friends?
Ionizing radioactive materials also causes damage to DNA: the genetic material in living cells. A cell can repair certain levels of damage in its chromosomal DNA, especially in low levels of damage. It may cause proliferation of abnormal cells, which then form a cancer. Such cancers will generally take many cell generations to develop and it may be several decades before the cancer is detected. At higher levels of radiation exposure, cell death results. In parts of the bosy where cell turnover is normally high, cells may not be replaced quickly enough and tissues fail to function.
This can be fatal as tissues are very sensitive to radiation damage the fetus is particularly vulnerable. Furthermore, rates of inadequate brain development increased in individuals who were exposed in the womb to the radiation of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. Long term genetic effects are also possible if the damage to the DNA occurs in a reproductive cell, whereby the error may be passed on to the future generations. Now, gather to save the glorious generations of our world! Don’t let our future to be endangered! It’s all up to you: Say NO! Emotional appeal: my fellows, my friends Rhetorical question.
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