Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Fukushima? No more! The future belongs to renewable energy!

Olga Podosenova

Right before yet another Hiroshima anniversary Japan declared the willing to struggle against the development of nuclear armament and nuclear power. NGOs fully support such an attitude as nuclear power is far from being safe. Furthermore, it cannot not help us save the climate as some nuclear lobbyists claim, and will only create new problems.

At the recent events in commemoration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki victims in Japan people talked not only about the victims of the explosions and nuclear disarmament. The Fukushima disaster earlier this year made Japanese people see nuclear power development in the new light. This year Japan is facing the nuclear threat again.

In 1945 Japan witnessed the horrors of the military use of nuclear technology. Now, 66 years later, the country got to know just how dangerous its so-called peaceful version may be. ‘This disaster caused tremendous anxiety all over the world due to the caused threat to human health’, says Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan. ‘Japan will strive to create a society that will no longer depend on energy produced by nuclear power stations.’ He also put it quite clear that the government will push for the abolition of nuclear armaments as part of the new policy. And the people who gathered at the Nuclear House, the only building left in Hiroshima after the explosion of the 20-kiloton Little Boy bomb, were calling for the immediate closure of all nuclear power stations.

Japanese nuclear explosion survivors are called hibakusha, which literally means ‘a victim of nuclear radiation’. There are 220 thousand hibakushas right now, all in their eighties. Now after the Fukushima disaster there is fear that their number will grow again.

Shortly before the Hiroshima anniversary Naoto Kan fired three high rank officials for the mistakes made during the recovery from the accident. Now, 6 months later, the necessary initial measures are still underway. People have been evacuated from the high danger zones, while hundreds of thousands keep on living under the conditions of high radiation background.

Nuclear lobby claims that the complete abolition of nuclear energy will put Japan to energetic starvation, since one third of the country’s energy consumption is supplied by nuclear power stations. But Japanese authorities seem to have different perspectives in mind now. Naoto Kan emphasized the Government’s willing to switch from nuclear power to renewable. He promised to do everything in his power to reach the nuclear-free state of the world.

Discussions about the lack of alternatives to nuclear power are now the thing of the past. The recent events make even the most hardcore nuclear power advocates change their minds. Thousands of people went to the streets to protest against nuclear power. Many countries, among which Israel, India, China, Switzerland, Germany, Venezuela and other, have already proclaimed their intention to put their nuclear power development programs on hold.

RSEU fully support this kind of attitude. In the Statement by Belorussian, Russian and Ukrainian NGOs, apart from saying that nuclear power is plain dangerous, it is stated that ‘we are unanimous in our opinion that nuclear power is no way to fight climate change and that it should in no way be supported…’.

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