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May
10
    
Into Eternity film

Into Eternity is a new compelling Danish film about the construction of the world’s first permanent repository for high level radioactive waste, in Finland. Once sealed, the facility is never to be opened and needs to last for 100,000 years. But can we ensure that? Once you see the trailer at: http://www.intoeternitythemovie.com, you may well find yourself asking what you can do to shut down nuclear reactors that keep producing more hazardous waste.

Two showings in the Connecticut River Valley:

  • Thursday May 12th, 6:30 PM     Greenfield MA

Greenfield Comm. College Main Campus, Main Building 3rd floor, Stinchfield Hall  Admission: Contributions greatly appreciated

  • Thursday May 19th, 7:00PM    Brattleboro VT

Latchis Theater, 50 Main Street Brattleboro, VT   Admission:   Adults $7.50  Seniors $5.00

There will be a time for questions & answers after the film showings. Literature and resource people from Safe & Green Campaign, New England Coalition, and CLAM will be present.

Sponsors:   CLAM (http://clamshellalliance.net),

New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution (http://www.necnp.org)

 

Safe & Green Campaign (http://www.safeandgreencampaign.org)

Marlboro Productions (http://www.marlboroproductions.com)

GCC Renewable Energy Program* (http://web.gcc.mass.edu/renewable-energy) * For May 12th event.

Into Eternity was written & directed by Michael Madsen from Denmark, produced by Magic Hour Films and distributed by International Film Circuit Inc. The movie is 75 minutes long, in English, Finnish and Swedish with English subtitles.

SYNOPSIS:

“This place is not a place of honour. No esteemed deeds are commemorated here. This is not a place for you. What is here is dangerous and repulsive. The danger will still be present in your time, as it is in ours.”

These are the sentences that future man will meet if he finds and opens the gigantic network of underground tunnels which are presently being hewn out of the bedrock in Finland.  The tunnels will be filled with high-level radioactive waste, which must be kept isolated from human beings and other live organisms for at least 100.000 years into the future so as not to render large areas uninhabitable.

Not only must the facility last 10 times longer than any manmade construction ever, it must also be able to resist all thinkable climate changes, erosion, and evolution. The real challenge, however, is to secure the facility from human intrusion.  To succeed with that is vital in order to keep future man safe and prevent the waste from escaping into the biosphere. When the waste has been deposited, the facility will be sealed off, never to be opened again. But can we ensure that? How is it possible to warn future man of the waste we left behind? How do we prevent them from thinking they have found the pyramids of our time, mystical burial grounds, hidden treasures? Which languages and signs will they understand, and if they understand, will they respect our instructions? Hopefully these questions will have found answers before the facility is finished 120 years from now.

Mar
30
    
Japan Solidarity Vigil At Vermont Yankee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
JAPAN SOLIDARITY VIGIL AT VERMONT YANKEE
SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 1:00 PM

For further information, please call:

Bob Bady (Safe & Green Campaign) 802-258-7750 bobbady@gmail.com

Deb Katz (Citizens Awareness Network) 413-339-5781 deb@nukebusters.org

Clay Turnbull (New England Coalition) 802-257-0336 turnbull@together.net
JAPAN SOLIDARITY VIGIL AT VERMONT YANKEE
SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 1:00 PM

As a public expression of solidarity with the thousands of Japanese workers and residents affected by the still worsening nuclear disaster in Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture, there will be a solemn, peaceful vigil in front of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant on Governor Hunt Road in Vernon, Vermont, this Sunday, March 20, at 1:00 pm.

“We who live in the shadow of Vermont Yankee regard the people living near the Fukushima reactors as our sister reactor communities,” said Deb Katz, executive director of Citizens Awareness Network. “Their suffering is breaking our hearts, and it’s a suffering which, given the long-lasting effects of the radioactivity spewing from these melting-down reactors, could continue for many years – and is unacceptable.”

New England Coalition trustee Leslie Staudinger said, “Our compassion for the nuclear plant workers and Japanese families in the evacuation zones is deep and heartfelt. Under these circumstances, our sadness moves us to act beyond the Coalition’s usual role as legal and scientific advocates and educators.”

In addition to expressing concern for the suffering of the Japanese people, the vigilers will continue calling for the closure of Vermont Yankee, a 39-year-old, accident-plagued facility of the same or very similar age and design (Mark 1 Boiling Water Reactor made by General Electric) as the failed nuclear reactors in Japan.

“If this could happen in Japan, with all its technological sophistication and disaster preparedness,” said Nancy Braus of the Safe & Green Campaign, “what unexpected event might overtake the alleged safeguards we’re told are protecting Vermont Yankee?”

Vigil organizers have suggested that those who plan to attend wear black, bring a sign or banner in keeping with the purpose of the vigil, and park in the parking lot of the Vernon Elementary School across from the plant. All are welcome.

The vigil is being sponsored by the Safe & Green Campaign, Citizens Awareness Network, and the New England Coalition.