Climate emergency and nuclear weapons: twin existential threats


Don’t Bank on the Bomb Scotland recognises that nuclear weapons are not the only existential threat facing humanity. Humanly generated greenhouse gas emissions have created a climate emergency that is already causing humanitarian crises in vulnerable nations. Without immediate and radical action to curb emissions, billions of people will be threatened by rising seas and extreme weather events.

The burning of fossil fuels generates more greenhouse gas emissions than any other source. For this reason, Don’t Bank on the Bomb Scotland believes that Scottish financial institutions and public sector organisations must divest from companies that extract, produce or sell fossil fuels, as well as those that produce nuclear weapons.

More broadly, we believe that it’s crucial for the nuclear disarmament and climate justice movements to work together towards a just, sustainable and peaceful future. With this in mind, we published a report in August 2020 that examines the connections between nuclear weapons, environmental destruction and climate change. A copy of the media release can be found here and a full pdf version of the report here. Key extracts can be accessed via the links below:

Introduction and Executive Summary

Nuclear weapons divert resources from the climate emergency: climate financeGreen New Deal

Environmental harm: uranium mining

Environmental harm: nuclear weapons deployment

Nuclear and climate injustices: the Marshall Islands

Nuclear and climate injustices: Kiribati

What would happen if a nuclear bomb was detonated in Glasgow?

Climate consequences of nuclear war