Just thought I would share a few reflections having completed 3 months as the European Campaign Fellow.
In the short amount of time that I’ve been with Global Zero, it has become clear to me that its presence is increasing worldwide. From the very beginning in early January, it has been “all go” working on a host of growing student groups here in the UK. During my first few weeks, Global Zero launched an eye-opening NATO-Russia commission report at the Munich Security Conference. It turned out to be a big success with international media endorsing Global Zero’s vision as the movement for the elimination of nuclear weapons.
Very soon after, I headed off to New Haven for the hugely successful event held at Yale University. It brought together over 300 students from around the world along with a host of renounced world leaders. Seeing such diverse leaders - in careers, country of origin and culture - agree on the same fundamental issue was deeply heartening on a personal level. These kinds of events typically bring together people who harbor differences, but in this case, they put discrepancies aside and stood together for a common cause.
Now we are turning our gaze to the removal of tactical nuclear weapons from Europe. It has been an interesting switch from talking about the big picture to focusing on one piece of the puzzle. My feeling is that many Europeans realise there is little merit in these weapons, or worse, they are not aware of their existence. Now is the time to inform the public of their presence and work to expel them! Please help me and the rest of the Global Zero team spread our message.
- Sam Pearse
European Campaign Fellow