In 2015, Peace & Justice (Scotland) member Atsuko Betchaku (1960-2016) – a historian and pacifist – embarked on an international collaborative project of folding 140,000 origami peace cranes to represent all those who were killed by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945.
In memoriam of Atsuko and in recogniion that on 22 January 2021 the UN Nuclear Ban Treaty enters in force, Peace & Justice (Scotland) initiated Peace Cranes – an exhibition of contemporary art exploring the nuclear and environmental crises through the works of international artists and activists, as well as 140,000 origami peace cranes to be launched later in 2021 in collaboration with Just Festival – Scotland’s festival of peace, human rights and social justice and the Peace Museum – UK’s only museum dedicated to the history of peace.
In the meantime, watch our free programme of Peace Cranes pre-exhibition online events curated by Iliyana Nedkova and Heather Kiernan and recorded in August and November 2020: https://iliyananedkova.wordpress.com/2020/11/02/peace-cranes/
We also encourage readers to join the Twitterstorm on 22nd of January and helping raise awareness of the Entry into Force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Click HERE to find the NEW HASHTAG to use starting at 11am, suggested Tweet, graphics to share, and lots of other ideas for re-tweeting and other ways to help get this big good news trending!