It’s time, folks.
We can no longer get by with our awkward avoidance of the ongoing nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan. Not only should we be discussing the Pacific waters and gyres bringing (or not bringing) contaminated debris & particles from the March 11th earthquake/tsunami last year, we should consider our proximity to San Onofre, just 48 miles from Ocean Beach.
This fine blog is no newcomer to discussing the dangers and outrageous costs associated with nuclear power here in California, so I want to try and contribute to the dialogue and go a few steps further. I want to share stories of the struggle taking place across Japan now to overcome the nuclear nightmare they have tip-toed into, with over 50 power plants across an island nation the size of California. As a newcomer to the anti-nuke movement, I want to share my story.
I want to challenge you to take action, too.
Because the timing is beyond ripe: with the accidents at San Onofre this week, actions and organizing in the works to mark the 1-year anniversary of Fukushima on 3/11/2012 and the rising stakes of living with nukes, this can no longer be a conversation relegated to the fringe “peace activists” or town nut (on our street, I am that nut). This needs to be something we talk about as casually as the Superbowl, our fears about losing Social Security, our anxiety about SOPA and our precious Internet.
This is about spewing radiation into our environment, about the world we’re leaving future generations, who are going to read our words and wonder: how did you let that happen? This is about nuclear weapons stockpiling and corporate greed in monopolized energy. It’s about cognitive dissonance; our slumber and inaction.
Over my next few posts I will share what I’ve learned through the Talk Nukes! art project I’m working on, and I’ll share a few stories from the anti-nuke movement in Tokyo and Kyushu, Japan – where I lived from 2004-2006.
I will gather as much information as I can, and do my best to articulate it here in a way that promotes dialogue – I don’t aim to alienate or fear-monger, though with headlines like the ones I’m seeing today, it’s difficult not to!
Worker at San Onofre fell into reactor pool last week! (North County Times 2/3/2012)
San Onofre radiation leak, worn tubes raise concerns ( LA Times 2/3/2012)
This is the best time to begin working together – anti-nukesters, peace activists, environmentalists & people generally happy with living healthy lives – we have to TALK NUKES!
If we leave it to news sources like KPBS, we’ll be stuck humming and hawing about the cost and availability of “replacement energy” [ San Onofre shutdown costing up to $1 million a day – KPBS 2/2/2012]–with their claims that if any radioactivity leaked this week, “It would have been very, very small, low level, which would not pose a danger to anyone,” There is no such thing as a ‘harmless’ release of radiation.
Today I’m wondering two things:
What effective demonstrations against nuclear energy have you seen or participated in?
With San Onofre reactors currently shut down, what do you think we could do to keep them from starting back up?