No to nuclear power: Nobel Peace Laureates to world leaders
Posted (Tom Wyatt) on 29-04-2011

On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster – and six weeks after the devastating nuclear disaster in Japannine Nobel Peace Laureates are calling upon world leaders to invest in safer forms of renewable energy. The six women Peace Laureates of the Nobel Women’s Initiative, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Adolfo Perez Esquivel, and Jose Ramos Horta   have sent an open letter to 31 heads of state whose countries are currently heavily invested in nuclear power production, or are considering investing in nuclear power. http://www.nobelwomensinitiative.org/media-room/article/no-to-nuclear-power

“It is time to recognize that nuclear power is not a clean, safe or affordable source of energy,” they say.  “We firmly believe that if the world phases out its current use of nuclear power, future generations of people everywhere–and the Japanese people who have already suffered too much–will live in greater peace and security.”

The letter goes on to highlight the serious long-term impacts of nuclear power production, including the challenges of finding safe and secure storage for nuclear waste. The Laureates point out that while countries continue to produce this expensive and dangerous energy, other cheaper and more sustainable sources are very accessible.

“There are presently over 400 nuclear power plants in the world–many, in places at high risk for natural disaster or political upheaval.  These plants provide less than 7% of the world’s total energy supply.  As world leaders, you can work together to replace this small amount of energy from other readily available, very safe and affordable sources of energy to move us towards a carbon-free and nuclear-free future.”

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