Girls in Science Against Nuclear Tests

The United Nations recognises the 29th of August as the International Day Against Nuclear Tests. Since nuclear weapons testing began on 16 July 1945, nearly 2,000 have taken place. In the early days of nuclear testing little consideration was given to its devastating effects on human life, let alone the dangers of nuclear fallout from atmospheric tests. Hindsight and history have shown us the terrifying and tragic effects of nuclear weapons testing, especially when controlled conditions go awry, and in light of the far more powerful and destructive nuclear weapons that exist today.

Milena Bravo, is a 17-year old girl in science, from Ecuador, this is her statement for the International Day Against Nuclear Tests:

“We need to say ‘no’, this awful practice has been going on since 1945, and it still hasn’t stopped! This is deeply impacting people’s lives, their health, the nature, infrastructure in developing and developed countries and so much more. We have been quiet for too long, it is time we speak up! As a global citizen and future scientist, I pledge against nuclear testing.”