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Understorey: Banking Bad ~Nukes

Wednesday 5th August / presented by Elizabeth PO’ Adrian Glamorgan

In the summer of 1945 Keijiro Matsushima glanced up and saw two beautiful silver planes in the sky.  Within a moment, an atomic bomb detonated, his Hiroshima was destroyed, killing family and classmates.  Within a few days, Nagasaki too experienced civilians being vapourised, burned and irradiated in the tens of thousands.   After these nuclear attacks, the world changed for ever.  But as the US breaches its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and modernises its nuclear forces, it may surprise you that some Australian banks, superannuation companies, and our national Future Fund, are making profits from their investments in nuclear weapons companies, and don’t think the question is even "controversial."  The Medical Association for the Prevention of War (MAPWA) and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) have set up Quit Nukes , to analyse and approach Australian financial institutions which are benefiting from nuclear weapons.  MAPWA's Dr Margaret Beavis and Quit Nukes' national director Margaret Peril share what they are finding out, asking us all: does your super fund invest in nuclear weapons? Are you interested in divesting?

Photo: Nagasaki, September 25, 1945 (Cpl. Lynn P. Walker, Jr. at Wikimedia)

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In ecology, the understorey grows where light shines through the forest canopy.

Our award-winning Understorey journalists highlight local and globally-connected environmental issues that the other media commonly pass over.

RTRFM’s long-running dedicated environment program makers Adrian Glamorgan and Elizabeth PO’ bring together stories from near and sometimes afar, whether it be conservationists rehabilitating habitat, citizen scientists gathering data, campaigners at the frontline, or decision-makers at their desks, seeking solutions together to the challenges affecting our shared air, water, land and life processes.


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