Cheboygan Activist Part of Nobel Peace Prize-Winning Organization

For decades a Cheboygan County woman has been working to disarm the world of nuclear weapons and the group she’s a part of received one of the world’s most prestigious awards for their work.

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons or ICAN is the 2017 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

ICAN is made up of more than 400 organizations and the director of one of them lives right here in Northern Michigan.

“I’d say nuclear disarmament and climate change are the great issues of this day,” Anabel Dwyer, said.

For Anabel Dwyer this has been her lifelong mission.

Thirty years ago she organized a movement against nuclear weapons here at home.

“Nuclear weapons were being flown from Oscoda and all around the Great Lakes and it was absurd,” Dwyer, added.

Her work has continued with The Lawyer’s Committee on Nuclear Policy.

The group as a part of ICAN helped develop a treaty to ban nukes that has since been signed by 122 countries worldwide.

She says a Nobel Peace Prize helps validate decades of work.

“It’s very exciting in the sense that you have the Nobel Committee raising humanitarians law, raising the possibility of a treaty being initiated successfully and giving people the sense that yes they can have something to do with a making a better planet,” Dwyer, explained.

Dwyer says that fight against nukes is ongoing.

Once again her attention is focused in her own backyard, but this time on the pipeline that runs underneath it.

“There’s a lot of similarity between organizing to stop a threat like nuclear weapons flying over the Great Lakes and the threat of a major oil spill,” Dwyer, said.

“This is a major part of the Great Lakes, the greatest freshwater system in the world and the idea that it even should be remotely threatened is absurd,” she added.