This special session of Humanity Rising commemorated the 75th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.
The session opened with a Remembrance of Hiroshima, including a blessing for peace, a Hibakusha (survivor’s) story and the gift of song. A panel discussion followed on “The Nuclear Stakes Today: Challenges and Opportunities.” At a time when former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry says that we are at a greater risk of a nuclear catastrophe today than at any time in history, this panel explored why we are at such a high risk of a nuclear disaster, steps we must take to reduce the risk, and a pathway forward to eliminate nuclear weapons. The session concluded with an intergenerational panel on “Transforming Our Nuclear Legacy” featuring groundbreaking global initiatives to abolish nuclear weapons.
• Hawaiian Cultural Practitioner Kumu Hula Puna Dawson will offer a blessing for peace and Hawai’i artist and activist Makana will offer the global premiere of his song, “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes”
• Christine Ahn, Founder and Executive Director, Women Cross DMZ
• Kehkashan Basu, United Nations Human Rights Champion, Founder-President, Green Hope Foundation
• Rachel Bronson, President and CEO, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
• Audrey Kitagawa, Chair, Parliament of the World’s Religions
• Jessica Sleight, Program Director, Global Zero