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NUCLEAR ABOLITION, CLIMATE PROTECTION, AND OUR CITIES' FUTURE
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Sheslow Hall, Drake University, Des Moines

Convened by Mayors for Peace, the Office of the Mayor of the City of Des Moines, and Drake University

Organized by Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear Policy, Western States Legal Foundation, Global Action to Prevent War, and Progressive Coalition of Central Iowa

Conference Report

Press Release

Program

Message from Tadatoshi Akiba, Mayor of Hiroshima

YouTube videos of presentations at conference

Part 1 [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Srx4Lo4qFco]

  • Frank Cownie, Mayor of Des Moines: Introduction
  • Jacqueline Cabasso, Mayors for Peace and Western States Legal Foundation: Introduction
  • Steven Starr, MT, Senior Scientist, Physicians for Social Responsibility: Nuclear Weapons and Climate Change
  • Dr. John Burroughs, Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy: International Frameworks for Climate Protection and Nuclear Abolition
  • Dr. Maureen McCue, Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility: Responsibility to Future Generations
  • Jacqueline Cabasso, Mayors for Peace and Western States Legal Foundation: Nuclear Abolition Whys and Ways
  • Dr. John Burroughs, Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy: International Frameworks for Climate Protection and Nuclear Abolition (cont'd)

 Part 4 [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uqv8N_93Kk]

  • Dr. Brice Smith, State University of New York, Cortland: The Role of Nuclear Power
  • Mary Beth Sullivan, Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space: Converting the Militarized Economy
  • Mary Beth Sullivan, Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space: Converting the Militarized Economy (cont'd)
  • Andrew Lichterman, Western States Legal Foundation: The Broader Context of Changing Urban Priorities
  • Ben Manski, Liberty Tree Foundation: Social Change and Cities
  • Wilson Riles, former Oakland City Council member: Cities An Effective, Sane Voice for Peace
  • Frank Cownie, Mayor of Des Moines: The Role of Cities
  • Ed Malloy, Mayor of Fairfield: The Role of Cities
  • Q&A: John Burroughs and Steven Starr
  • Dr. Jürgen Scheffran, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: Climate Change and Protection: Sustainable Energy Paths
  • Dr. Arjun Makhijani, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research: Climate Protection: Whys and Ways

Prepared texts of remarks and transcripts

 

Why a conference on the role of cities in nuclear abolition and climate protection?


Cities are assuming an active role in nuclear abolition and climate protection initiatives. Over 900 mayors have signed the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, pledging to work to implement the Kyoto Protocol in their own communities. In 2008, the U.S. Conference of Mayors unanimously adopted a resolution entitled “Support for the Elimination of All Nuclear Weapons by the Year 2020.”

Mayors for Peace is a rapidly growing international network dedicated to the abolition of nuclear weapons. Headed by Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba of Hiroshima and Mayor Tomihisa Taue of Nagasaki, Mayors for Peace has over 2,600 members in 134 countries and regions. More than 130 U.S. mayors in 38 states are members.

 

Acknowledgement: A grant from the Ford Foundation to the Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear Policy helped fund this conference.

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