In order for humanity to survive, we must stop the existential threats of climate change and nuclear war. The Youth Empowerment to Prevent Extinction (YEPE) project will create events, curricula, and training that links these twin threats and mobilizes young people to lead in solving them.
Climate change and nuclear war are the two greatest threats to global health and survival. Despite Nobel Peace Prizes, the Nuclear Ban Treaty, and the efforts of experts and activists, the issue of nuclear weapons and war has not received the attention it deserves given the grave nature of the threat. Even with demonstrably unprincipled and ill-equipped leaders in command of these doomsday weapons, the danger remains beneath public notice, especially among post-Cold War generations.
Engaging and educating young people is the main focus of this program. Our first step will be encouraging medical students, climate students, public health students, and other young adults to work on these twins existential threats to humanity. We will use the abundant data to develop the appropriate material for a major symposium in New York City that will attract students from around the world to discuss the extinction threats and inter-relatedness of climate change and nuclear weapons.
1) Create materials - art installations - curriculum promoting the duel threats of climate change and nuclear war 2) Focusing health worker and student action on climate and nuclear weapons at the local, state, and national levels, beginning within the New York City area 3) Educate future leaders and focus attention on the twin existential climate threats through outreach to students in health-related fields 4) The creation of a major conference in April 2020 on the Twin Threats to Humanity.