No to nuclear energy worldwide!

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NO more Chernobyl, NO Fukushima:


The tragedy in Japan has aroused worldwide solidarity due to the loss
of thousands of human lives and of vast regions and cities caused by the
magnitude 9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated major
parts of Japanese territory. The undersigned networks, organizations [1],
and individuals wish to first express our deepest condolences to the
Japanese people and make known our shared grief and sympathy for the
humanitarian emergency caused by this disaster.

Meanwhile, we find extremely worrying the impact of the natural disaster
on the Fukushima Nuclear Power Station, causing explosions and leading
to serious risks due to the release of radioactive material, a situation
that may worsen if the elements of this plant are fused by overheating.
Two more nuclear plants are also at risk in Onagawa and Tokai. The
Japanese government has been forced to shut down at least 11 nuclear
plants in order to prevent further disaster, leaving more than 6 million
people without electricity. Some 200,000 people have been evacuated to
avoid possible exposure to the harmful effects of a nuclear accident,
and public health measures are being taken for the exposed population.
The nuclear damage and risk show how unjust is this system, Fukushima
plant is to supply the metropolitan area with electricity but residents
near the plant have suffered its risks the most, meanwhile profit-making
enterprises promote the exportation of nuclear power-generating plants
as "clean energy".

This tragic situation alerts us ONCE MORE to the enormous danger nuclear
plants pose to the survival and security of the world, and reminds us of
the resistance of those Japanese activists who refused to build the
plants 40 years ago. Today the world is changing not only because of the
threat of natural disasters but also due to climate change, which has
produced major flooding, landslides and severe changes in the
habitability of the planet, such as recent mudslides in Rio de Janeiro
that threatened nuclear plants in the area and caused them to be stopped
until the situation stabilizes. This global vulnerability requires much
reflection, but above all, an awareness of the fact that technology and
money will not save lives once tragedies occur.

The climate crisis and the demand for energy have led large corporations
and developed countries to discuss nuclear energy as a clean and
sustainable alternative energy. The World Bank’s own energy programs
consider nuclear power, along with large hydroelectric dams, to be an
important possibility. But it is increasingly clear that these are false
solutions that only increase danger and the vulnerability of humanity in
the face of global changes.

Nuclear energy is being proposed as an alternative, "clean" source of
energy in climate change negotiations, but it has repeatedly proven
capable of escaping both technical and human control and affecting
millions of people, particularly future generations, with potential
adverse effects on life. The same danger is related to the treatment of
toxic waste that contaminate our planet. Multilateral forums such as the
Rio+20 process, the UN Climate Convention, and forums related to
alternative energy should take seriously the dangers of nuclear energy.
We urge governments to listen to their peoples and to the voices of
civil society around the world that express opposition to the false
solutions. We call on governments to focus on ensuring the survival of
millions of people around the world and their right to shelter, health,
and food sovereignty, instead of weakening conditions on the planet by
following the dictates of capital.

We demand a move toward decommissioning nuclear plants throughout the
world, and a search for real solutions for the people, and ask that
every precaution be taken to avoid regrettable damage. Chernobyl and
Fukushima are warnings that should compel governments to stop insisting
on continuing to promote these projects. The use of nuclear power for
energy supply, and worse, for the purposes of war, must stop.

Business does not interest us, what interests us is the life and safety
of the population without increasing their vulnerability.



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