On 15th September, Temple of Understanding, Peace Boat US, Human Rights Now, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Nuclear Information and Resources Service, and Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition presents a seminar “Nuclear Power is NOT the answer to Climate Change”, the place to discuss issues of nuclear energy. Please see below for more information and contact us if you are interested in!
Nuclear Power is NOT the answer to Climate Change
CONTACT: Human Rights Now NY, September15HRN@gmail.com
WHAT: In conjunction with the NYC People’s Climate March and the United Nations Climate Summit 2014 in September, nuclear experts and activists will speak about issues associated with nuclear power – such as Fukushima, nuclear waste, uranium mining, human rights, health, economic, and technical issues – and will discuss why nuclear energy is not “clean” energy nor a solution to climate change. A Q&A session will follow the presentations.
WHERE: UN Church Center, 777 UN Plaza, 2nd Fl., NYC (44th St. & First Ave)
WHEN: Monday, September 15, 2014, 10AM-noon
WHO: Mr. Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Energy Education
Ms. Leona Morgan, Diné No Nukes
Mr. Pradeep Indulkar, Filmmaker
Ms. Marilyn Elie, Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition
Mr. Alfred Meyer, Physicians for Social Responsibility
Ms. Mari Inoue, Human Rights Now
Mr. Tim Judson, Nuclear Information Resource Service
Please pre-register by sending your name and affiliation to: September15HRN@gmail.com.
Open to the public. Admission is free. No UN pass is required to enter the building.
Fukushima Radioactivity – increased exposure levels and unstoppable contamination:
More than three years have passed since March 11, 2011, when the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami caused structural damage to the TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, resulting in a massive leakage of radioactive materials into the environment. Today, TEPCO still does not know how to stop the ongoing radioactive leaks from its facilities into the environment.
Many people, including children and pregnant women, still live in areas highly contaminated by the nuclear accident, because the Japanese government set the boundary of the evacuation zones based on an exposure level of 20 mSv per year, a threshold 20 times higher than that of the international protection standard and the pre-catastrophe national standard.
The Right to Health and a Safe Environment
Residents are entitled to live in a safe and healthy environment. However, a safe and healthy environment is not available to many Fukushima affected people because sufficient protective measures and supports are not provided in contaminated areas.Also, the rights to access to medical treatment and to know about one’s own body and health parameters have been seriously denied. The Fukushima nuclear accident teaches us that nuclear energy is not sustainable, and that such a disaster cannot respect the environment or the right to health of the most vulnerable individuals.
Indian Point puts 20 million in New York City area at risk
In the United States, there are about 100 nuclear power reactors still in operation. Two of them operate at the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, 25miles from New York City. Indian Point is in the process of renewing its operating licenses for an additional 20 years of operation. Nearly 20 million people reside, work or play within a 50 miles radius of thesenuclear reactors. Are there any known safety concerns at Indian Point? Where does nuclear fuel come from? Is nuclear energy a carbon-free energy? How much nuclear waste is produced and where does it go, or more to the point, how long will it stay at the reactor sites, in need of continual cooling and security? Why do we have to take the Fukushima nuclear disaster seriously?