WMD Awareness gives young adults in Britain a voice in the debate on nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.
Founded by the late Nobel Peace Prize winner Sir Joseph Rotblat in 2004, we continue his legacy by believing in the power of young people to create change.
- Reliable: deliver honest, transparent information on weapons of mass destruction.
- Creative: we definitely do things a little differently – see our Back to the 80s campaign if you don’t believe us.
- Collaborators: young people, organisations, the government – we’ll work with whoever it takes to raise awareness of this international debate.
- Change-makers: we believe in the power of young people to create change.
Our team meets every few months and includes:
We are led by a Steering Group of representatives from:
- Abolition 2000 UK
- BASIC (British American Security Information Council)
- British Pugwash Group
- Quaker Peace and Social Witness
- Young/Student Pugwash
In 2004 Professor Sir Joseph Rotblat, winner of the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts towards nuclear disarmament, was concerned about developments in nuclear weapons policies. He felt these developments, happening at the time of the war in Iraq, were putting the world in increasing danger of a nuclear conflict.
In response to this threat he gathered leading organisations working in this field with the aim of raising awareness, and WMD Awareness was born. Professor Rotblat officially launched WMDA at an event in London with Mikhail Gorbachev, former leader of the Soviet Union and one of the instrumental players in the end of the Cold War.
Speaking at the launch of WMD Awareness in 2004 Joseph Rotblat said:
There was a turn for the worse about four years ago with the nuclear policies introduced. Until that time nuclear weapons… were seen as a weapon of last resort… there was a resolve that the ultimate objective was the abolition of all nuclear weapons, and this is enshrined in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which has been signed by 188 nations. But all this has changed. According to [these] policies, nuclear weapons have become a weapon of first use. They are now being treated like any ordinary type of explosives, to be used in any conflict, perhaps even preemptively if need be.
Sadly Professor Rotblat died on 31 August 2005. In his memory we continue the important work he inspired. Rotblat strongly believed in the power of young people to create change and this has now become a core element of our awareness raising campaigns, including Back to the 80s and Talking Trident.
How we are funded
WMD Awareness is run through the British Pugwash Group, which is a registered charity. Our funders include:What you can do