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A non-nuclear future

A non-nuclear future

During the 1970s anti-nuclearism became a mass movement. Among the groups promoting the cause was the Campaign for Non-Nuclear Futures. In 1976 they produced this poster, using an image of the inter-island ferry Wahine, which had sunk in Wellington Harbour eight years before with the loss of 51 lives. The poster suggests that if the ship had been nuclear-powered, the resulting radiation could have killed thousands. Such a risk underlined the rationale for anti-nuclear activism. 

Courtesy of Campaign for Non-Nuclear Futures

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Reference: Eph-D-NUCLEAR-1976-02

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Gerald Hensley, 'Cold War - Questioning the Cold War, 1955 to 1985', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 October 2021)

Story by Gerald Hensley, published 20 Jun 2012