Just two years ago, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz was so unconcerned about a possible nuclear threat from North Korea, that he glibly told the Washington Post: “I’m more worried about moose than missiles.”
It was the quote heard ’round the world.
Now that the mayor of Camp Berkowitz roving homeless encampments in Anchorage has solved the transient problem with a civil emergency declaration, he has decided to tackle nuclear war.
Because success breeds success.
This weekend, Berkowitz signed Anchorage up with a nuclear ban campaign sponsored by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Cities Appeal.
ICAN, as it’s known, was in Anchorage for the occasion, which took place during an education event, “Hiroshima-Amchitka Legacies: What Future Can We Choose,” held at the Anchorage Museum on Saturday.
Anchorage will join a handful of other communities that have signed onto to support the 2017 U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The other cities are: