Antinuclear Movement

The worldwide antinuclear movement is a social movement based on taking political action against and raising awareness of nuclear usage and further proliferation. It revolves around two axes: (1) nuclear weapons and (2) nuclear power. While the roots of the movement lay in the initial reactions of the world to the United States’ dropping of the world’s first wartime nuclear weapon on Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 1945, it has since grown to include those who oppose the maintenance of nuclear arsenals for national security and nuclear power as a source of energy. While the antinuclear movement has enjoyed some minor successes, such as Sweden’s abandonment of its nuclear program during the Cold War, the movement has largely oscillated in and out of relevancy on ...

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