World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


5 years after Fukushima

5 years after Fukushima: World Future Council criticises plans for new nuclear power plants

Hamburg, March 10, 2016: This week marks the five-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake followed by the tsunami and the nuclear meltdown of Fukushima nuclear power plants on March 11th, 2011. On this occasion, the World Future Council (WFC) expresses its solidarity with the people in Japan and the many communities who still have not been able to return to their homes because of the environmental radiation levels near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

As Japan prepares for the anniversary, the huge environmental impact and economic damage of nuclear power is still not taken seriously by certain countries.

The Fukushima disaster is tragic proof that nuclear power plants are a huge risk for human health and the environment no matter where in the world they are located. However policymakers seem to not have learned from the disaster. Several countries such as India, Brazil, UK, United Emirates and South Africa are still envisaging new nuclear power plants – despite their huge risks, vast environmental damage, exorbitant costs and despite the availability of safe alternative energy sources.

“Nuclear power plants also generate nuclear waste which is dangerously radioactive for future generations,” says member of the World Future Council Chico Whittaker, Co-founder of the World Social Forum. ‘We express our solidarity with Japanese civil society who are organizing an event in Tokyo on March 26, led by Nobel Prize winner Kenazaburo Oe, to oppose the re-starting of nuclear power plants in Japan.”

“It is disingenuous to re-brand nuclear power as a solution for climate change and an option to implement the Paris Agreement CO2 emissions,” says Jakob von Uexkull, Founder of the World Future Council. “To be very clear, nuclear power is too expensive and too dangerous. In addition, the time it takes to build nuclear powers plants is too long to be able to replace fossil fuels quickly enough to prevent further irrevocable climate change. The average construction time to build a nuclear power plant is at least 10 years, and the generation costs per KW/h are higher than for renewable energy technologies.”

A further concern comes from the fact that nuclear power plants use and create fissile materials that can be used to make nuclear weapons, and thus provide a proven pathway to nuclear weapons proliferation. The spread of nuclear power plants will not only make the world more dangerous, but will make more difficult, if not impossible, to achieve the goal of a nuclear weapons-free world.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Westminster: NZ PM Condemns London Attack

“London is a place many thousands of New Zealanders have visited and called home, and where many more have friends and family based, so this attack feels very close to home,” Mr English says. More>>

ALSO:

Amnesty: Campaign Mass Hangings And Extermination At Syrian Prison

A chilling new report by Amnesty International exposes the Syrian government’s calculated campaign of extrajudicial executions by mass hangings at Saydnaya Prison. Between 2011 and 2015, every week and often twice a week, groups of up to 50 people ... More>>

Russian Hack Job?: White House - Actions In Response To Russian Malicious Cyber Activity & Harassment

President Obama authorized a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election in 2016. More>>

Israel/Palestine: Michael Field - Background To How Israel Nearly Went To War With New Zealand

New Zealand and Senegal managed to get the United Nations Security Council to pass resolution 2334 which said Israel’s settlements in Palestinian territory violate international law and undermine a two-state solution in Israel's conflict with Palestine. More>>

ALSO:

US Indigenous Affairs: How President Obama Has Protected Our Sacred Land

I am very proud to be both Navajo and American. As the President of the Navajo Nation, I’ve dedicated my life to ensuring that, as a Navajo, my story -- and our stories -- are part of our collective American history. Today, I want to share one of those stories with you. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news