Peace and Disarmament

Back to listAug 16, 2013

Commemorating Hiroshima Day: "Everything You Treasure" Anti-Nuclear Exhibition Shown in New Zealand

EYT exhibitionProfessor Kevin Clements (center) opens the exhibition

On August 5, commemorating the 68th anniversary of Hiroshima Day (August 6), the exhibition "Everything You Treasure--For a World Free From Nuclear Weapons" (EYT) opened at Otago University in Dunedin, New Zealand. The showing was co-organized by the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at Otago University and SGINZ.

Jointly created by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and Soka Gakkai International, the exhibition highlights the fact that nuclear weapons pose a direct threat to all the things we value and treasure as individuals. Its 40 panels also approach nuclear weapons issues from 12 different angles including humanitarian, environmental, economic, human rights, energy and security perspectives.

EYT exhibition

The exhibition showing was one of a series of events including a peace vigil and a public debate held at Otago University to mark the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Some 60 people attended the exhibition's opening, including Director of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies Kevin Clements who stressed in his remarks that it was an honor for Dunedin to be the fourth city to host this exhibition, after Hiroshima, Oslo and Geneva.

Other speakers at the opening were Dr. Ted Nye, local representative of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), Grant Gillet, professor of bioethics at Otago University's Division of Health Sciences, and Jimi Wallace, general director of SGINZ.  

Both Dr. Nye and Professor Gillet commented that the exhibition serves as an important reminder of the reality of a nuclear exchange. Dr. Nye stated that the exhibition is a particularly important resource for younger viewers, and highlighted the role of continual dialogue toward the dismantling of nuclear armories and their methods of delivery. Professor Gillet described the abolition of nuclear weapons as the only acceptable position for humankind and his wish that "every person in every country" realize the necessity of such a stance.

The exhibition was on display until August 16.

[Adapted from an article on the Soka Gakkai International-New Zealand (SGINZ) website; photos courtesy of SGINZ]