Peace and Disarmament
Exhibition and Events Calling for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons Held in Florence
On March 26, the antinuclear exhibition, "From a Culture of Violence to Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit" (THS), opened at Le Pagliere, a historical attraction in Florence. Part of SGI Italy's antinuclear campaign titled "Senzatomica" ("Without Nuclear"), the exhibition was cosponsored by the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament (PNND) and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW).
Displayed at the entrance to the exhibition was an award from Italian Republic President Giorgio Napolitano presented to the "Senzatomica" campaign. The exhibition ran until April 23 and attracted 28,347 visitors, including 9,175 primary and secondary school students. A petition calling for the development and adoption of an international convention banning nuclear weapons, one of the aims of the "Senzatomica" campaign, was signed by 18,763 people who visited the exhibition.
As part of the campaign, a further 35 events were organized alongside THS including the video testimonies of some survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs, presentations, conferences and musical performances by Carmen Consoli, Dolcenera, Fabrizio Venturi and Bandabardò. Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Betty Williams and film director Pippo Delbono also attended the exhibition.
The "Senzatomica" campaign will continue to organize events throughout Italy. Information can be found on the campaign's website.
[Adapted from an article in the May 13, 2011, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun; photos courtesy of SGI-Italy]