Imagine Peace - 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima

6 August, 2020

The City of Hobart proudly acknowledges our forty-two year sister city relationship with the City of Yaizu Japan, and today stand in solidarity with them and all of Japan, and the millions across the world to remember this atrocity, pay our respects to those lost, and call for world peace. Today, 6 August 2020 commemorates the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.

At 8.15 am on 6 August 1945, the United States, in an act of war, dropped the world’s first atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, Japan.

At 11.02 am on 9 August 1945, the United States dropped a second atomic bomb on the city of Nagasaki, Japan.

As a result, an estimated 140 000 lives were lost immediately and a total of more than 210 000 by the end of 1945 due to the radiation fallout.
Hobart’s relationship with Yaizu continues to go from strength to strength and a major part of that is due to the involvement of our young people.

Forty-nine students from across ten Hobart schools ranging from primary to college, have reflected on this grievous anniversary and offered Haikus, (poems of ancient Japanese origin) to contribute their imaginings for world peace.

 

The 'Imagine Peace' event is a collaboration between The City of Hobart, The Australia Japan Society Tasmania,
schools and their students that study Japanese, and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s Chorus.

 

  • Recent years have seen a decline in global peacefulness and an ongoing deterioration of a number of political international relationships. 

  • The 2020 Global Peace Index reveals a world in which the conflicts and crises that emerged in the past decade have begun to abate, only to be replaced with a new wave of tension and uncertainty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic

  • The 2017 United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons requires ratification by 50 countries for the ban of nuclear weapons to become international law. 38 countries have currently signed – Australia has not signed.

  • The City of Hobart has joined 27 other Australian Cities, including Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne in signing the ICAN Cities appeal asking our federal government to support the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated international tensions, however, concurrently citizens like you and me, the children here today and millions across the world have focused on and are stridently calling for a kinder, fairer, peaceful world.

We are at a unique time in history to implement positive change and we all have a role to play.


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