80,000 Voices to Save Our Planet | Hiroshima 2020

by PEAC INSTITUTE A NJ NONPROFIT CORPORATION
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80,000 Voices to Save Our Planet | Hiroshima 2020
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80,000 Voices to Save Our Planet | Hiroshima 2020
80,000 Voices to Save Our Planet | Hiroshima 2020
80,000 Voices to Save Our Planet | Hiroshima 2020
80,000 Voices to Save Our Planet | Hiroshima 2020
80,000 Voices to Save Our Planet | Hiroshima 2020
80,000 Voices to Save Our Planet | Hiroshima 2020
80,000 Voices to Save Our Planet | Hiroshima 2020
80,000 Voices to Save Our Planet | Hiroshima 2020
80,000 Voices to Save Our Planet | Hiroshima 2020
80,000 Voices to Save Our Planet | Hiroshima 2020
80,000 Voices to Save Our Planet | Hiroshima 2020
With 80,000 Voices plan to save the planet curtailed by the global pandemic, and future plans to hold large public events on hold for the foreseeable future, in my last report I announced that we were invited to prepare content for the broadcast from the UK and to make it possible to have messages from some big-name artists,  as well as curate a number of young up and coming artists/musicians which we believed, given the circumstances, was the best way we could try to get a strong message of nuclear abolition across to the world through music and culture.   This, I am happy to say, we achieved.
As there were only six weeks to produce a fair amount of content, our one hour of live-streamed 24-hour broadcast was produced by a small team in London in collaboration with the Rotary Club and ICAN for Peace & Art & Music Hiroshima based NPO which was officially supported by the city of Hiroshima. The 24-hour broadcast started at 7 am in Hiroshima on 6th August and included the Peace Prayer and the Memorial ceremony before starting the live broadcast from the Former Imperial Bank of Japan.  The broadcast went around the globe going from East to West linking up with partners in countries like Australia, Hawaii, South Koria, Israel, Palestine, Iran, Russia, Ukraine,  Spain, UK, and US, and ended the following day at 7 am.  
Here is the link to the London Programme
Finally, on 24th October the United Nations announced the good news (which unfortunately has not been given the media coverage it deserves) that Honduras has become the 50th State to deposit their instrument of ratification for the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).  This truly is a substantive step forward and a moment to celebrate all the work that 80,000 Voices and my fellow NGO peace partners have done, and more importantly, the Hibakusha who have fought tirelessly, longing to see a world without nuclear weapons in their lifetime.  They have lived through the horrors and indescribably painful experiences caused by the atomic bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima and let us not forget the other Hibakusha across the world,  who have suffered further harm from years of nuclear testing, uranium mining, and secret experimentation.
This important milestone to eliminate nuclear weapons will put the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) on a legal footing according to International Law when it enters into force on 22nd January 2021, and hopefully, a large number of non-nuclear-weapon states will then attend discussions with renewed vigor and determination at the United Nations conference of TPNW State Parties, which should take place within a year from that date, Covid permitting.
It has taken the courage of many countries without nuclear weapons to stand up and say "No" to the nuclear weapons states who continue to hold the rest of the world to ransom and threaten not only the human safety of these non-nuclear armed states but the lives of their own citizens too.   
There is still work to be done but for now, it is with regret that I have to announce my role as project manager of this GlobalGiving 80,000 Voices to Save the Planet project comes to a close.  
All your generous contributions remain in the hands of Rebecca Irby at PEAC Institute. Please contact her if you have any queries.
Warmest best wishes,
Gina
"Imagine a world free of nuclear weapons"
Partner of ICAN UK (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons), and Peace One Day Coalition

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Organisers of 24-hour Peace & Art & Music
Organisers of 24-hour Peace & Art & Music

No one can underestimate the disappointment felt by us all at the cancellation of 80,000 Voices to Save Our Planet that was due to happen in Hiroshima during the first week of August this year.  We had all worked so hard up to the point when it became clear we would not be able to achieve our great aim to get our peace message out to the world.

However, there is some good news.  in order to keep some kind of momentum going and not lose out on the opportunity of contributing in some way to the 75th Anniversary of the Atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in March I began keeping in touch with peace-builders on a weekly Zoom call - with Steve and Keiko (Peace & Art & Music) in Hiroshima,  with peace-builder and musician Dixie from Alaska, and Roslyn from CND in the UK and they've been going on ever since.
Recently we've been joined on the weekly call by some artists from London and the organising members of the Youth Assembly - and we've been discussing and listening to them to see how we can support young people build a new future by creating a cultural movement that includes not only the challenge to ban nuclear weapons but to highlight the need for climate change and social justice as well.  That also includes the very relevant BLM movement for justice and equality and we all agree that this needs to be very much included. 
Steve announced last week that he's been given the go-ahead to host a global broadcast on 6th August for Peace & Art & Music from the Former Imperial Bank of Japan.   80,000 Voices has agreed to help with the task of coordinating the young artists and musicians who would like to participate from the UK and be part of the chain of participants from all over the world that want to broadcast something loving, beautiful and peaceful from their community.
The broadcast will start out at 7 am in Hiroshima and will include the Peace Prayer and the Memorial ceremony before starting the live broadcast from the Bank which will then go around the globe going from East to West linking up with partners in countries like Australia, Hawai, South Koria, Israel, Palestine, Iran, Russia, Ukraine,  Spain, UK and US. It will end the following day at 7 am.

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Gina at Chupie FM holding radio mascot
Gina at Chupie FM holding radio mascot

This event is currently hampered by obstacles - despite receiving an endorsement letter from Mayor for Peace Kazumi Matsui encouraging funders and the residents of Hiroshima to do all they can to help, funding has been slow. Also, Japan is at serious risk to the coronavirus and is cancelling meetings and events left, right and centre with the possibility that even the Tokyo Olympics might have to be cancelled. 

Undaunted, Gina Langton after a 7-day visit to Los Angeles (same week Kobe Bryant died) to raise interest is now in Hiroshima staying for one month pursuing all possibilities there talking to as many people as possible to raise interest including members of the Rotary Club and other senior business leaders. 

There is still work to be done to get the urgent message of the importance of eliminating nuclear weapons out of Hiroshima.  Gina spoke about the project on local Chupie FM radio on 18th February and will be interviewed for the Chugoku Shimbun on 26th February.

Positive is the fact that 80,000 Voices project is a local event - a low carbon footprint with global reach as it involves mass international youth engagement via the internet rather than on the ground. 

At a time of great crisis, this project is potentially more viable than most other plans that involve large numbers of footfall travelling from other countries.

80,000 Voices' world-class team headed up by creative producer David Zolkwer is still on standby and ready to leap into action as soon as funding comes in. 

We're keeping on going!  Thank you for all your support!

Producer at Chupie FM
Producer at Chupie FM
With Hiroshima supporters of 80,000 project
With Hiroshima supporters of 80,000 project
Gina with Rotary Club member Hiro Suwa
Gina with Rotary Club member Hiro Suwa
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This year has flown by! I'm excited to share what we've been up to and our plans for next year. Very honored and proud to share our newest board member is Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins. Ambassador Jenkins comes with 10+ years of experience in the US government, specifically in the area of WMDs. To see her full bio click here!

With the addition of Ambassador Jenkins, we are looking to broaden our reach and capabilities in regard to policymaking. We have been working with our partners and have also been asked to join a number of committees and working groups at the UN. This is a very exciting development for PEAC. Having the ability to push revolutionary love and heart-centered leadership at some of the highest levels of government and foreign policy is at the heart of why PEAC was created. It's a very exciting and proud moment for PEAC. I am beyond grateful for all your support and encouragement along the way. We could not have made it this far without you! 

Through the Survivor's Appeal | Hibakusha Appeal we have also been making inroads with other groups and organizations. PEAC was asked to speak at The Busan Democracy Forum in Busan, Korea this past October. We presented our empathy-building curriculum based on the sorties of survivors from the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. It was very well received and as we do everywhere we go, we pushed people to sign the appeal. We have a good partnership with the groups in Korea working on reunification and will be back in February 2020 to continue the work. Through this conference, we connected with the UN75 committee and are now working on the 75th-anniversary events. We have proposed there be a deeper connection to nuclear abolition establish - especially as the preamble to the UN states "to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small." We are currently working on this with the committee and this too has been very well received. 

Lastly, I'm so excited to share our new partnership with 80,000 voices! You will soon see the name of this project changed to 80,000 Voices to Save Our Planet | Hiroshima 2020. During the 75th Memorial Ceremony, in Hiroshima, we are linking the youth and the Hibakusha together pouring new light on the important message that nuclear weapons must be abolished for good. 100 million viewers will watch 80,000 Voices 2020; a youth music spectacular featuring live youth choirs from Hiroshima & Nagasaki along with a massive virtual, ‘digital’ choir of young people representing every country in the world. Setting off a chain reaction "So that the people from future generations will not have to experience hell on earth." 

This is a celebration, not a protest. We're celebrating a world that wants a future filled with hope. We are creating a council of the hope-filled and conscience to overcome our current threats and invite people to drop their fears so they can see that the solution is much easier then they think. Turning the light on and showing people that the hope they yearn for has been here all along. Collectively, our human species is spending trillions of dollars and our best minds in the world are working on our mutual destruction. Through this music and work, we hope people will be able to imagine a world free of nuclear weapons. So we can move from an isolationist world view to that of a trust economy.

We are very excited about this new project and partnership. We feel it will bring a much-needed spotlight to the appeal and hope you will join us for this new chapter! 

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Rebecca and Mito, an in utero-survivor
Rebecca and Mito, an in utero-survivor

The PEAC Team just returned from Hiroshima, Japan. During this time in Hiroshima, we discussed the importance of building a coalition by joining forces with those at the forefront of Nuclear Abolition and Climate Change. We interviewed survivors, students, teachers, activists, and everyday people about the use of the bomb and how it relates to climate change.

We kept hearing the same message - If people saw and understood what happened in Hiroshima they would understand there are no situation in which we can EVER use them. The other sentiment we heard repeatedly was about climate change. I proposed nuclear weapons are the epitome of our greed and need for power, and climate change is the result of that pursuit. The older generation agreed and said they see it as connected to our need for comfort. The told me in order to help climate change we will have to get used to the idea that we cannot always have everything immediately, we may need to turn the AC down or even off, we may have to eat food that is in season and grown locally. The younger people were thinking of ways to engage their politicians and raise awareness through their social groups. 

All and all, it was a very uplifting trip! We have 35 videos we recorded and 28 of them are interviews. We plan to use this footage throughout the year to help bolster our campaign. We are producing the first video and it will be ready for September 26th, The International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. 

We will send an update when it is ready. In the meantime have a look at some of the pictures from our trip.

Thank you again for all your help and support - we couldn't continue to do this work without it! 

Warm regards,
Rebecca

Rebecca Irby
Founding Partner, President, and Executive Director
PEAC Institute - Peace | Education | Art | Communication
Partner Organization of International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, 2017 Nobel Peace Prize
Email: rebecca@peacinstitute.org
Phone: (973) 446-5031 Ext 0001
Cell: (551) 556-7649
www.peacinstitute.org

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." MLK

DJ Spooky, Steve & Michiko
DJ Spooky, Steve & Michiko
George atop Mt. Misen getting footage
George atop Mt. Misen getting footage
Production team with Artist and survivor Toshiko
Production team with Artist and survivor Toshiko
Interviews at Hachidorisha - the Social Book Cafe
Interviews at Hachidorisha - the Social Book Cafe
Interview with former Mayor Hiraoka
Interview with former Mayor Hiraoka
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