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What We CAN do to Prevent a Nuclear War

Asheville Citizen Times

Letter to Editor, May 10, 2023



Think about the effects of a nuclear attack. 

  • Catastrophic death, widespread grief

  • Widespread suffering for those (unlucky enough) to have survived

  • Dark and cold

  • Impossible communications: no cell phone, no landline, no computer, no internet

  • Difficult transportation: no gas, no electricity

  • Widespread hunger: no food in the grocery stores, many stores closed

  • No hospitals, No medicines

  • Widespread suffering from radiation and other ill effects

  • Illness long afterwards from radiation effects


And this list is just the beginning.

Should we be concerned? Of course. 

Is there anything we can do? YES!

  • Contact the White House and encourage President Biden in his address next month to the G7 at Hiroshima (one of the two locations where nuclear weapons have been used in war} to make a historic step to reduce nuclear weapons;

  • Support the Back from the Brink program for reducing the threat of nuclear war including cancelling the trillion dollar nuclear weapons program already in its beginning stages (visit;

  • Join the Western North Carolina Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility ( in its two-pronged program against the existential threats of nuclear war and climate change;

  • Contact your representatives in Congress and encourage them to support HR 77 encouraging the USA to sign on to the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons passed by the UN General Assembly.


Can we really make a difference? YES! Public pressure in the past greatly reduced the number of nuclear warheads. We’ve done it before and we can do it again. Let’s get to it!


Scott Allan Baker and Dot Sulock

Members, Western North Carolina Physicians for Social Responsibility

Mission Statement

PREVENTING WHAT WE CANNOT CURE: Physicians for Social Responsibility is the medical and public health voice working to prevent the use or spread of nuclear weapons and to slow, stop and reverse global warming and the toxic degradation of the environment.