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Nuclear weapons toolkit: learning resources

Want to improve your knowledge of the issues, history and stories surrounding nuclear weapons? Here's what to read, watch and listen to.

Mobilising for a nuclear-weapons-free Australia. A toolkit for raising awareness in 2021.

Content warning: much of the content included in this resource depicts images and descriptions of the use of weapons in wartime and may be disturbing or challenging for some.



John Hersey

My Hiroshima

Junko Morimoto

On the Beach

Nevil Shute

Not for the Faint of Heart: Lessons in Courage, Power, and Persistence

Wendy R. Sherman

The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against The United States

Dr Jeffrey Lewis

Command and Control

Eric Schlosser


  1. Choosing Humanity: why Australia must join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons - the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)
  2. A historic day in the fight against nuclear weapons - Australian Red Cross' IHL team
  3. No one will come to help: Why we must prevent a nuclear catastrophe - Australian Red Cross
  4. 60 years after Sadako Sasaki's death, the story behind Hiroshima's paper cranes is still unfolding - The Japan Times
  5. Use of nuclear and radiological weapons by terrorists? - the International Review of the Red Cross
  6. The beginning of the end of nuclear weapons? - Australian Red Cross' IHL adviser Tara Gutman published in The Strategist
  7. A delicate balance of humanity and military necessity - Australian Red Cross' International Humanitarian Law (IHL) team



  • On the Beach (1959). Watch it on Stan or iTunes.
  • The Bomb (2015) - Public Broadcasting Service. Watch it on Amazon Prime.

  • Building Bombs (1990). Available on DVD from Amazon.
  • Coundown to Zero (2010). Watch it on YouTube.

  • Half Life: A Parable for the Nuclear Age (1985). Watch it free on Australian Screen.
  • If You Love This Planet (1982). Watch it free on YouTube.

  • In the Nuclear Shadow: What Can the Children Tell Us? (1983). Watch it on Vimeo.

  • Nuclear Tipping Point (2010). Watch it for free on Vimeo.

Short videos



  1. The most indiscriminate weapon of them all - Laws of War by Australian Red Cross
  2. Nukes of Hazard - the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation
  3. Tracking Nuclear Weapons Program - the Center for Strategic and International Studies