Monday, March 31st from 6 – 9 pm at Global Exchange
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OccupyForum presents … Fukushima: Facts and Fiction
During the three long and frightening years since the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi, the world has heard less and less about this manmade industrial disaster. Money, power, and engineering hubris were put ahead of the lives and health of the people of Japan and the northern hemisphere as radiation releases continue to leave the site and migrate into the environment. Decommissioning and dismantling the reactors will take decades, and complete cleanup is not even possible.
Ralph Nader calls nuclear power and the radioactivity it produces “violent, unnecessary, unsafe, and uninsurable… undemocratic.” And constructing new words that begin with “un,” it is also “unevacuate-able, unfinance-able, unregulatable.”
Naoto Kan, prime minister of Japan when the disaster began states: “Without nuclear power plants we can absolutely provide the energy to meet our demands. Since Fukushima began, Japan has tripled its use of solar energy — a jump in solar power production that is the equivalent of the electricity that would be produced by three nuclear plants… Germany is a model in its commitment to shutting down all its nuclear power plants with all its power supplied by renewable power by 2050. The entire world could do this if humanity really would work together… we could generate all our energy through renewable energy.”
OccupyForum brings together a panel to discuss Fukushima and the alternatives to fossil fuel and nuclear power. Josh Wolf, moderator, is a journalist who spent a year in prison for refusing to turn over videos of a 2011 demonstration to police. Umi Hagitani from No Nukes Action is a journalist and anti-nuke activist from Japan, and a key organizer in Japan and the United States. Paul Kangas (Solar One) is a journalist, veteran (Bay of Pigs), private investigator and doctor who has been an activist for solar power and against atomic energy since 1963. In May, Paul is making a film in France and Germany on the growth of solar in Europe to be released in January of 2015. Paul will be discussing the inevitability of solar’s displacement of fossil fuel.
Bloggspot/paul kangas, Youtube: paul8kangas
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