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Lawrence Badash

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012720

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012720.001.0001

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Other Voices, and Some Echoes

Other Voices, and Some Echoes

(p.253) 18 Other Voices, and Some Echoes
A Nuclear Winter's Tale

Lawrence Badash

The MIT Press

During the 1980s, peace and environmental advocates such as the Audubon Society and the Council for a Livable World Education Fund made a common stand concerning nuclear winter. In 1984, Carl Sagan received the SANE Peace Award for his nuclear winter efforts and Paul Crutzen received the Discover-Rolex Scientist of the Year Award. The following year, ten conservation groups issued a report criticizing the federal government’s policies on clean air, automobile fuel efficiency, and nuclear weapons (including nuclear winter). However, both the peace movement and the environmental movement did not view nuclear winter as an overwhelmingly significant issue. Even world leaders, from Indira Gandhi of India to Olof Palme of Sweden, Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, and Miguel de la Madrid of Mexico, were conspicuously silent about nuclear winter. This chapter explores the various reactions to the nuclear winter issue and looks at the controversy surrounding the Antipodes as well as New Zealand’s position on nuclear weapons.

Keywords:   nuclear winter, nuclear weapons, peace movement, environmental movement, Antipodes, New Zealand, Carl Sagan, Paul Crutzen

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