According to Japanese folklore, the folding of 1000 origami cranes can bring about a miracle. In the aftermath caused by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima sixty-eight years ago, children made cranes in an attempt to rid themselves of the radiation sickness caused by the nuclear fallout.
Ever since, the origami crane has been used as an iconic symbol for anti-nuclear campaigns and organisations around the world. But the lessons of Hiroshima are already long forgotten, and here in the UK the government is planning to spend billions on brand new nuclear weapons.
Thousand Reasons is a project by the WMD Awareness Programme, an organisation that encourages and informs public debate about nuclear weapons. In their ongoing campaign against weapons of mass destruction, the organisation collaborated with talented British designer and animator Dan Britt of creative collective This Is It, to produce the stop-motion animated short film ‘A Thousand Reasons‘. Starring the voice of actress and comedian Isy Suttie, best known for playing Dobby in Channel 4 comedy series Peep Show, the film uses folded paper cranes, bombs and planets to visualise the anti-nuclear cause.
“There are still enough nuclear weapons to
destroy our planet twenty times over…”
To keep us focused, the Thousand Reasons Twitter publishes a unique reason on why the UK should not renew it’s nuclear weapons every day. Posting for 1000 days, this will lead us into 2016, when the government will make a final decision on the renewal of the submarine-based nuclear deterrent, Trident.
WATCH and SHARE the Thousand Reasons film above now to help spread the word.