The anniversary of the dropping of the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki is commemorated across the world. And this year, an international joint grassroots action will allow people – wherever they are – to join together in one action.

CND joined the international 2008 protest in Japan.

Starting from the moment the first bomb was dropped, 8:15am on August 6th, waves of many creative forms of actions will encircle the globe until 11:02 am on August 9th, when the second bomb was dropped over Nagasaki.

The first Peace Wave took place in 1987, after the delegates of the then Soviet and US peace movements at the World Conference against A and H Bombs called for an international action in support of a total ban and the elimination of nuclear weapons. The organisers of the World Conference have called for another Peace Wave this year, with the following statement:

“Let us make the Peace Wave a tremendous campaign by which the anti-nuclear movements, in cooperation with all other movements demanding cuts in military expenditure, protection of human lives, livings and jobs, gender equality and other vital needs, will take the lead in establishing a nuclear weapon-free, peaceful and just world.”

How can you join in?
In Japan, actions will start with silent prayer at 8:15am on August 6th and also end with silent prayer at 11:02am on August 9th. CND is calling on all its supporters to also mark the moments that the bombs fell (but in UK time), with a silent period of reflection.

  • Download this poster in colour or black and white
  • Take the poster to somewhere quiet and peaceful at the designated times and take a moment in silence to consider how the devastation caused in Hiroshima and Nagasaki should spur us on to campaign even harder for a world without these weapons of mass destruction.
  • Please send us a photo of you and the poster after your moment of reflection, or post on social media about the need for a world without nuclear weapons, using the hashtag #Hiroshima75
  • Know that you are part of an international wave of people calling for a more peaceful world