The last few months have turned the world upside down. The coronavirus pandemic has changed our lives in an unprecedented fashion and it’s clear there can be no going back to the way things were before.
Out of this catastrophe we need new thinking from the government, to meet the real challenges our society faces. Pandemics will continue to shape and limit our lives; the climate crisis worsens; a deepening economic crisis is unfolding; water and food insecurity – these are all major security problems. But our government’s capacity to deal with them is hindered by massive wasteful spending on nuclear weapons: it is currently in the process of spending £205 billion on replacing Trident, the UK’s nuclear weapons system. But these weapons are irrelevant to the actual security challenges we face. The money wasted on them must be re-allocated to meet our real needs.
This is the time for a new vision of society, and nuclear weapons have no part in it.
As part of this work, CND is delighted to be working with Build Back Better, a coalition which campaigns for a new deal that protects public services, tackles inequality in our communities, provides secure well-paid jobs and creates a shockproof economy which can fight the climate crisis. Over 300 civil society leaders and groups have come together to say that as we emerge from this crisis we can’t have a return to normal policy.
Build Back Better is demanding a coronavirus recovery plan built on the following principles:
- Securing the health and needs of everyone in the UK and into the future
- Protecting and investing in our public services
- Rebuilding society with a transformative Green New Deal
- Investing in new people
And while we can’t take to the streets right now, there is still plenty we can all do to make sure our voices are heard.
- Share this video on Twitter explaining what Build Back Better means
- Add your name to the statement
- Write to your MP to demand no blank cheques for a recovery plan
- Join a virtual rally to let the government know how we feel
Another world is possible, let’s go and create it!