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The obscenity of spending £100 billion to upgrade Trident at a time of crippling financial cuts must be one of the defining arguments of May’s general election. Following a successful demonstration outside Newport’s Royal Gwent Hospital by CND Cymru and Côr Cochion- “NHS Not Trident” -, we headed for AWE Burghfield determined to bring the nuclear bomb facility to a standstill.
Nuclear weapons are ecocidal.
According to scientific studies, nuclear war in a region would impact the planet and human health worldwide. It can affect billions worldwide. Lots of soot would be released into the air, disrupting the climate and impacting agricultural production globally in the long-term. Over 2 billion people would be at risk of starvation due to global nuclear famine.
Nuclear weapons are the most inhumane, destructive and indiscriminate weapons of war ever. Unlike other forms of weaponry, nuclear weapons cause large-scale destruction spread persistently, and cause radioactive fallout. A single nuclear weapon such as a bomb detonated over a large area can kill millions of people. Usage of multiple nuclear bombs in hundreds or just tens can disrupt climate globally, resulting in widespread drought and famine.
AWE Burghfield, a former munitions factory, occupies a 225-acre site between Aldermaston and Reading. It is responsible for the complex final assembly and maintenance of the warheads while in service, as well as their decommissioning.
Unlike AWE Aldermaston with multiple entrances and exits, AWE Burghfield only has two gates. The main entrance gate is in The Mearings, off Reading Road, Burghfield. The second gate is on Burnthouse Lane.
Japan’s harsh dictatorial censorship has been matched by a global corporate media blackout aimed—successfully—at keeping Fukushima out of the public eye.
But that doesn’t keep the actual radiation out of our ecosystem, our markets … or our bodies. Speculation on the ultimate impact ranges from the utterly harmless to the intensely apocalyptic.
As a Non-Violent Direct Action campaign concerned with ending the production and use of nuclear weapons, Action AWE also recognizes the importance of all aspects of peaceful and non-violent resistance to nuclear weapons, not least letter-writing campaigns and other dialogue with MPs and officials.