Anti-nu­clear recog­ni­tion

Sunday Star-Times - - NEWS - GEORGIA FORRESTER

Thomas Nash might have missed out on Par­lia­ment as a Green Party can­di­date but an ad­vo­cacy group he be­longs to has won the No­bel Peace Prize.

Nash, from Palmer­ston

North, was one of thou­sands of peo­ple in­volved in the In­ter­na­tional Cam­paign to Abol­ish Nu­clear Weapons, awarded the No­bel ac­co­lade for its part in achiev­ing the UN nu­clear weapon ban treaty.

A long­time ac­tivist, Nash co-founded Ar­ti­cle 36, a non-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion against harm caused by cer­tain weapons, in 2011.

A year later Nash and Ar­ti­cle 36 joined the steer­ing group of the In­ter­na­tional Cam­paign to Abol­ish Nu­clear Weapons.

Nash said he hoped the prize of­fered some hope dur­ing a time where there was a lot of con­flict in the world.

‘‘No mat­ter how bad we think things are and no mat­ter how much we think we can’t change things – the ev­i­dence from this is that we can. ‘‘You can change things.’’

Nash has ear­lier had suc­cess in a cam­paign against clus­ter bombs, now the sub­ject of a treaty signed by 130 na­tions.

Thomas Nash

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