This week the Fremantle Herald reported that the Japanese Peace Boat docked in Fremantle for the first time on Wednesday.
For the first time since 2008, Peace Boat is back in Australia! The boat arrived this week on the West Coast in Fremantle, where a big event took place to kick off a five-city speaking tour with nuclear survivors. The tour is a collaboration between Peace Boat and ICAN Australia. During the stop in Perth, the Governor of Western Australia heard the plea of the hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) to support the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Passengers on the boat—which crosses the globe promoting friendship and nuclear disarmament—included survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, and British atomic tests at Maralinga, Australia.
“It’s the first time the boat has ever been in the West and 10 years since it was last in Australia,” Peace boat international coordinator Meri Joyce says. The boat is on a national tour to mount pressure on the Japanese and Australian governments to join the United Nations treaty which prohibits nuclear weapons.
Passengers on the peace boat will share their stories in the national speaking tour, Making Waves. WA Conservation Council president Carmen Lawrence says the recent exchanges between the US and North Korea remind us that the threat of nuclear catastrophe is “chillingly real”.
“The very existence of nuclear weapons means there is always a possibility that they will be used, whether as a result of a cold-blooded decision or some foolish miscalculation,” Dr Lawrence says.
Peace Boat – Building a culture of peace around the world, find out more here www.peaceboat.org