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29.11.2011: INES 20th Anniversary

Annual Report 2011

Message from the INES Chair

INES was founded 20 years ago in the belief that, in our complex world of scientific discovery and technological innovation, scientists and engineers have an important role to play in the assessment of risk and in providing leadership for global responsibility in the uses of science and technology. For 20 years INES has been an open network of dedicated organizations and individuals seeking to apply the training of science and engineering to the many serious social and environmental problems and risks created by science and technology. Our message at INES has been and remains that there are limits to the applications of science and technology, and that those limits must be defined by global responsibility to those alive on the planet now and to future generations that will follow us on the planet.

INES has followed in the footsteps of the scientists who endorsed the Russell-Einstein Manifesto: “There lies before us, if we choose, continual progress in happiness, knowledge, and wisdom. Shall we, instead, choose death, because we cannot forget our quarrels? We appeal as human beings to human beings: Remember your humanity, and forget the rest. If you can do so, the way lies open to a new Paradise; if you cannot, there lies before you the risk of universal death.” One of those scientists, Joseph Rotblat, a hero of the 20th century, was also among the founders of INES.

The Nuclear Age has brought with it great dangers. We humans, by our cleverness, have created devices capable of destroying our species and most other life on the planet. This is unacceptable, and the responsibility to reverse this unfortunate situation lies in our collective hands. Scientists and engineers must continue to help lead the way out of the Nuclear Age and apply science and engineering to achieving sustainability on our unique and precious planet.

INES is needed now more than ever, precisely because humanity has come too far to sabotage its future by the misuse of science and technology for militarization and applications that serve the greed of the few rather than need of the many.

To summarize the mission of INES, it is to apply conscience to the work of scientists and engineers and to awaken citizens everywhere to the urgent need to use science and engineering for constructive rather than destructive purposes. Our technologies are too powerful and threatening to be applied without due regard for global responsibility.

David Krieger, INES Executive Committee Chair

To download the Report please visit:http://www.inesglobal.com/download.php?f=87f4657b3cbf07dc8147123a3c335eb7