Event to Discuss Worldwide Nuclear Issues with a Focus on Marshall Islands, Fukushima

Nuclear is Not a Climate Solution: The Devastating Impacts of Pacific Nuclear Testing, the Fukushima Disaster, and Radioactive Waste from U.S. Nuclear Reactors

Wednesday, March 9 at 8:00 p.m. until 9:45 p.m. ET

Online Event

Admission: Free

The Affected Communities and Allies Working Group of the Nuclear Ban Treaty Collaborative will host a discussion on the devastating impacts of nuclear testing in the Pacific, the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and the dangers of parading nuclear energy as a solution to the climate crisis.

This free online webinar will explain why nuclear energy is not a climate solution and shed light on the underreported effects of the ongoing nuclear crises in communities impacted by nuclear testing, nuclear energy, and radioactive waste.

Nuclear Incidents

Sixty-eight years ago, on March 1, 1954, the Castle Bravo nuclear test (the largest atmospheric explosion in the Pacific) was conducted by the United States in the Marshall Islands. The total of 67 nuclear tests left the community with ongoing health effects, continued radiation exposure, decimated environments, and generational trauma.

March 11 marks eleven years since the beginning of the ongoing nuclear disaster in Fukushima. The disaster forced around 160,000 people to evacuate. Tens of thousands are still displaced. Thyroid cancer, one of the known adverse effects of radiation exposure, has been on the rise among children. In 2021, the Japanese government decided to dump 1.28 million metric tons of radioactive wastewater from the damaged nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean starting from 2023.

To register in advance for this webinar, please visit this Zoom link. While this event is free, organizers encourage donations to Minna-no Data Site (MDS) through the donation page of the Fukushima 30-year Project. Please write “for MDS” in the message box.

About Minna-no Data Site (MDS)

MDS is a Japanese non-profit network of dozens of people-led radioactivity measurement laboratories that were established in the wake of the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima. In 2018, MDS self-published an easy-to-read radiation data map of northeast Japan and received the Japan Congress of Journalists Prize in 2019. MDS’s website provides measurement data of more than 18,500 food samples, 3,400 soil samples, and other environmental samples from communities impacted by radioactive fallout from the nuclear disaster. To learn more about MDS, please click here to watch their YouTube video.

Moderator

Eileen O’Shaughnessy, Nuclear Issues Study Group

Speakers

Bedi Racule, Marshall Islands Student Association, MISA4ThePacific
Dr. Arjun Makhijani, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research
Mari Inoue, Manhattan Project for a Nuclear-Free World
A Fukushima mom (video message)
Claire Bartolome, Reverse the Trend Pacific
Ayami Nakanishi, Student at the University of New Mexico, Intern of Nuclear Issues Study Group
Fukushima youth who developed thyroid cancer (video message)

Featuring the artwork of

Dr. Chip Thomas, Physician and Artist in Navajo Nation (Dinetah)

Co-sponsoring Organizations

Affected Communities Working Group
Hibakusha Stories/ Youth Arts New York
IPPNW
Manhattan Project for a Nuclear-Free World
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Nuclear Issues Study Group
Nukewatch
Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Reverse the Trend: Save Our People, Save Our Planet

About the Affected Communities and Allies Working Group

The mission of the Affected Communities and Allies Working Group is to raise awareness of the legacy and ongoing impact on frontline communities by the nuclear industrial complex. A Working Group of the Nuclear Ban Treaty Collaborative, they are working to fulfill the promise of the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and to press the United States and all nuclear-armed nations to sign, ratify, and implement the Treaty. They advocate for policy and action to assist survivors and affected communities impacted by ongoing and intergenerational harms resulting from radioactive violence.