Remembering Fukushima: Molly Scott Cato at Lydney Docks

Posted on 30. Mar, 2014 by in Environment & Nature, Featured, Health, News, Politics & Campaigns

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Molly at Lydney 11th MarchOn March 11th, people all over the world remembered the victims of the Fukushima Nuclear disaster 3 years ago. In the Forest of Dean, STAND (Severnside Together Against Nuclear Development), organised a special commemorative meeting on the harbour wall of Lydney Docks to remember the people of Fukushima who lost their homes and are fearful for their’s and their children’s health. Stroud’s Molly Scott-Cato, the Green Party MEP candidate for the South West, was one of the speakers and features in this film by Philip Booth.

The meeting begun at the standing stones along from Lydney harbour with a view across the river Severn to Oldbury and Berkeley nuclear power stations on the opposite bank. Over 100 people attended and many wrote messages to the people of Fukushima which were then translated and sent to the Mayor of Fukushima. See the longer version of this event with other speakers at: http://stroudcommunity.tv/fukushima-lydney2014/

Plus there is a short film meeting Maralinga Nuclear Test Veteran, Dennis Hayden – see: http://youtu.be/5iV2mkN6fLk

http://www.greenparty.org.uk/people/molly-scott-cato.html

http://www.nuclearsevernside.co.uk/

After the speeches everyone walked along to the harbour wall and threw flowers into the river, accompanied by Japanese music, with the Oldbury and Berkeley nuclear power stations in the background.

badge-for-emailAlthough the nuclear power stations are no longer operating, Horizon/Hitachi have plans to build an enormous new power station, on the old Oldbury site – a site that even the Government’s own nuclear watchdog has deemed unsuitable – and which will dwarf the existing power station and dominate the Severn Estuary landscape with it’s enormous cooling towers. And Berkeley – because of the on-going and intractable problems at Sellafield – has been designated as a storage site for dangerous intermediate nuclear waste from Hinkley and Oldbury.

Stop Hinkley produce a monthly newsletter – this month it included news re Fukushima:

The truth about Fukushima! – 5 reports on video at a Public Meeting in House of Commons on 10th March.
Real life accounts from British evacuees from their homes in the Fukushima area, Gavin and Geoff Read explain about of life for ordinary families during, after and since the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Dr. Lowry, Paul Dorfman and Rik (from Kick Nuclear), give details of the accident and its ongoing problems, and point out the enormous problems of costs, liabilities, security and evacuation zones and their implications for building new nuclear in the UK.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiOzPrRexZc&list=PLCN9aJReHnmpcVEF-zDMSA9fTpEjedREo&index=2

The unskilled and destitute are being targeted to finish the clean-up job at Fukushima nuclear plant! http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/fukushima-nuclear-reactor-clean-dumped-destitute-unskilled-1440850

Workers from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant rallied Friday outside the headquarters of Tokyo Electric Power Co., complaining they are being forced to work for meagre pay in dangerous conditions. The group of about 100 demonstrators shouted and pumped their fists in the air as they railed against being cheated by contractors hired to find recruits to clean up the shattered site and surrounding area: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/03/14/national/fukushima-no-1-workers-rally-against-tepco/

Stop Hinkley members in radioactive barrel costumes, joined other anti-nuclear protesters in London on Saturday to support JAN march and demonstrate against nuclear power following the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster in Japan: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/18/fukushima-disaster-london-rally-anniversary

This anniversary edition of the nuclear hotspot is an audio podcast, listen to the problems of Japanese citizens speaking about life in Japan since the Fukushima disaster; http://www.nuclearhotseat.com/1806/

Three years on since the nuclear disaster at Fukushima: 160,000 people may never return home. The area remains a “post-apocalyptic landscape” in the words of Miles O’Brien, PBS News’ science correspondent, who recently visited the site. He reported that “Each and every day, 100,000 gallons of fresh groundwater seeps into the basements of the plant, where it becomes contaminated with a witch’s brew of radionuclide.” The site’s operator Tepco is furiously trying to contain this water in huge holding tanks. But they know they’re running out of storage space: the problem is not going away and
there’s not a Plan B: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/dr-kate-hudson/fukushima-three-years-on_b_4941348.html

Lastly Peter Roche’s  monthly well written summary of nuclear and energy issues in the world media  NuClear News No.60 March 2014 is now available for downloading at http://www.no2nuclearpower.org.uk/nuclearnews/NuClearNewsNo60.pdf

 

Promoted by Philip Booth, Green Party, 2 The Laurels, Bread Street, Ruscombe, Stroud GL6 6EL

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