This year marks the 75th commemoration of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that ended World War II in August 1945.


These were the only times nuclear weapons have been used during war. They caused widespread devastation and resulted in a legacy of radioactive contamination. While we practice social distancing in this time of the Coronavirus and grieve about the more than 200,000 people worldwide who have died of COVID-19 this year, it is less well-known that a similar number of people died in Japan from these atomic explosions.

Global Nuclear Awareness is an affiliate program and a strong focus of World Life Institute, an educational and humanitarian organization begun in 1987. During this Coronavirus pandemic, we must never forget about the tragedy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


John Hersey, an author, and journalist in post-war Japan, famously noted, “What has kept the world safe from the bomb since 1945 has not been deterrence, in the sense of fear of specific weapons, so much as it's been memory. The memory of what happened at Hiroshima.”

Online Certificate Program

Interested in gaining a deeper understanding of nuclear technology and its potential and challenges? Do you work in a field where greater knowledge of nuclear realities and issues would be useful? Our certificate programs will take you through the science of nuclear technology and its applications, along with the critical issues of the nuclear world. Program participants are awarded a Certificate in Global Nuclear Awareness.

Online Certificate Courses

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The Global Nuclear Awareness program addresses questions and concerns of ionizing radiation and nuclear energy.  relevant to personal and global public health, as well as geopolitical and human habitat challenges.  A majority of American and Canadian residents live within 50 miles of a nuclear reactor.  North Americans are exposed to twice the dose of nuclear radiation they were 20 years ago. All communities globally live within a reach of nuclear weapons' effects and potential nuclear contamination.  


Are our leaders and our communities adequately informed about the consequences and likelihood of nuclear war? Could our families protect themselves from an industrial nuclear accident?  What is the nature and extent of man-made radiation in our environment? Nuclear power is heralded as the solution to growing energy demands while offsetting the effects of global warming and even preventing climate change.

This course provides multi-disciplinary, rational, research-based information about ionizing nuclear radiation technologies, the personal and public risk and policy challenges of living in the globalized nuclear age.


Drawing from a range of disciplines, our highly experienced educators will guide you through the knowledge areas and issues that are important in today’s nuclear world.

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Public Presentations

Wondering how nuclear technology will impact our future, for better or worse?  Should we embrace the promise of nuclear power? Or worry about war with North Korea or another Fukushima? These engaging, science-based presentations will give you a broader view of the current nuclear reality and the opportunities and threats we face.

Who Should Attend?

  • Anyone with an interest in Scientific, Fact-based Information about Nuclear Technology

  • Anyone concerned about the opportunities and challenges nuclear technology holds for our future

  • Political community

  • Business leaders

  • Doctors, Nurses, Mental Health

  • Medical Professionals

  • Public Health and Social service staff

  • Emergency Management Personnel

  • Paramedics and other First Responders

  • Educators and students

  • Clergy and members of faith organizations

  • Staff and volunteers from non-profit and service organizations

World Life Institute funds its programs primarily through the generous support of private individuals.

We welcome donations from people around the world who support our work.

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