Activists Project ‘Sitting Duck Target’ Onto UN Headquarters to Protest Nukes

May 8, 2015 | Prachi Gupta

When you want to get people to listen to what you have to say, blasting lights into their offices and homes is a great way to get their attention. As world leaders visited the UN headquarters in Manhattan for the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference to discuss how to stop the spread of nuclear weapons this past weekend, one group of activists used the opportunity to shed a light — literally — on the need danger the world’s nukes pose to all of us.

Global Zero, an international movement that aims to eliminate the world’s 16,000 nuclear weapons, illuminated the illicit duck projection along with the Illuminator. Global Zero’s Alex Bonk explained the image, telling ANIMAL via email, “We’re all sitting ducks as long as nearly 2,000 U.S. and Russian nuclear weapons are on hair-trigger alert, locked and loaded, ready to launch at a moment’s notice.”


Bonk is referring to a 98-page report released by the Global Zero Committee and backed by several military and retired military professionals that claims Russia and America have thousands of missiles “on hair-trigger alert” — an assertion that the U.S. Department has refuted.

(Photo: Global Zero)