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Action for disarmament

10 Things you can do!

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This illustrated, educational and thought-provoking book calls on the world's young people to actively mobilise and promote disarmament in 10 practical ways. It focuses on the risks posed by nuclear arms and small weapons. This book is a tool for young people to get involved in mobilising the public at large to participate in developing new strategies to reduce the threats posed by weapons. It will help young people to raise awareness of why disarmament is important for the future of all humankind as well as their own lives. It is recommended as a resource for teenagers and their parents, young adults, as well as high school and university professors, civil society and community leaders.

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Preface

The outbreak of World War I in 1914 was a watershed for the technological advancement of modern weapons. Never before was a major war fought with weapons forged from the industrial revolution. There was the machine gun, as well as artillery capable of firing exploding shells from several miles away. Landmines were planted in the fields. There were armoured tanks, battleships, and even submarines firing torpedoes. From above, warplanes were dropping bombs. As a harbinger of things to come, mustard gas was also released as a chemical weapon. For four years, there was an average of five and a half thousand casualties per day. In the end, 10 million people died and 30 million were wounded, maimed, disfigured, and incapacitated for the rest of their lives. The world had changed: mankind had the technical means to mass-produce destruction.

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