Wednesday, September 1, 2021

AEC joins International Day against Nuclear Tests

The Alternative Education Center in Odessa, TX, joined the International Day against Nuclear Tests celebration on August 29, 2021. Students watched declassified films of US nuclear tests and U.S. employment of nuclear weapons during the Second World War. They read the background and rationale of the International Day against Nuclear Tests and discussed the many effects of nuclear tests worldwide. Students integrated the celebration into their lessons by describing using functions the number of nuclear tests conducted globally from 1945 to 1998. They identified graphical trends of nuclear tests that were significant to the world and wrote how the annual International Day against Nuclear Tests helps promote the global sustainable development goal of peace, justice, and strong institutions.

The United Nations General Assembly's 64th session on December 2, 2009, declared August 29 the International Day against Nuclear Tests. Its resolution stressed that every country's effort should be made to end nuclear tests in order to prevent their destructive effects on people's lives and health. Global nuclear test termination is the most practical and civil mechanism of achieving the ideal nuclear-weapon-free world.