by Suzanna McDougal, Hamilton
A large portion of the Earth’s population will soon recognize, if they haven’t already done so, that humanity is now faced with a stark choice, evolve or die. Climate change and weapons of mass destruction are our creation.
We have survived having nuclear weapons for 76 years. Our good fortune may not hold out much longer. North Korea, Iran, England, Pakistan, India, Russia as well as computer hackers are all a serious consideration. Could we all agree to cooperatively dwell on earth and live by “The Golden Rule”?
Today worldwide there are approximately 3750 US nuclear warheads in silos ready to launch. There is a total of about 13,865 nuclear weapons on earth distributed among all nuclear-armed countries that could within minutes turn our home into a lifeless and radioactive rock.
Montana has hundreds of ICBM missile silos that house a Minuteman III ICBM equipped with a thermonuclear warhead that is “standing by” ready to fly thousands of miles to destruction and nuclear apocalypse.
As living and intelligent beings on this planet we have the capacity to serve as stewards. We are dependent on the integrity of Earth’s ecosystems. We must engage with responsibility, constrain our actions, be considerate of all others and love our neighbors (all species). Our existence on this planet depends on our belief systems and attitudes, so critical to our future. We must do this for human civilization, for all life.