#CranesForOurFuture and the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Anniversary Campaign
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#CranesForOurFuture and the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Anniversary Campaign

As we approach the anniversaries of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, APLN joins a coalition to take one small, but powerful step toward building a more peaceful future for all.

6-9 August 2021 marks the 76th anniversary of the atomic bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Starting Friday, 6th August, APLN will join a coalition of institutions and public figures around the world in sharing photos of paper cranes with the hashtag #CranesForOurFuture.

#CranesForOurFuture was propelled by the Hiroshima Organization for Global Peace and Nuclear Threat Initiative in the spirit of international cooperation and in honour of those who perished in the bombings in Japan 76 years ago. With more than three-quarters of a century having passed since the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the world hasn’t suffered a nuclear bombing in 76 years as a result of diligence and diplomacy, grace, and good luck. Now, as we lose the generation that remembers when the bombs fell on Japan, we face new, modern threats related to terrorism, cyberattacks, artificial intelligence, and a deteriorating arms-control architecture. Experts warn the risk of nuclear disaster is the highest it’s been in years.

APLN will be honouring victims and demonstrating support for a more peaceful and prosperous world by folding APLN paper cranes and sharing photos on social media and encouraging all to join the leaders, cultural influencers, and families around the world in crafting origami peace cranes.

To participate in the #CranesForOurFuture Campaign, fold paper cranes and share them online, along with your wishes for a brighter future, between 6-9 August, the Peace Weekend between the Hiroshima and Nagasaki anniversaries. APLN has created special origami templates which you can download on the left.

For instructions on how to fold a paper crane, please watch this video.

For more information on how to participate, please visit campaign website.