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Earth Minute Remembers Nuclear Disasters in Japan

This week’s Earth Minute, a collaboration between Global Justice Ecology Project and the Sojourner Truth show on KPFK Los Angeles Pacifica radio, commemorates the 66th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima and ties them to the current nuclear crisis going on at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.

To listen, go to: http://archive.kpfk.org/parchive/mp3/kpfk_110809_070010sojourner.MP3 and scroll to minute 33:40.

Also on the program is nuclear power expert Arne Gunderson about the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan at minute 19:30.

This week’s Earth Minute transcript:

On this day, sixty-six years ago, the Japanese city of Nagasaki was devastated by an atomic bomb, dropped by the United States.  Three days earlier, Hiroshima was similarly bombed.  Today these cities lead the nuclear disarmament movement.

And since the ongoing disaster at Fukushima, the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are also calling for a ban on nuclear energy.

To the Japan-based World Peace Appeal group, the Fukushima meltdown is the fourth nuclear disaster suffered by the Japanese people, after Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the atomic tests on the Bikini Islands. They explain:

“The human tragedy of the past disasters that included fatalities, cancer and other radiation induced diseases, illustrates the hidden and lingering problems of nuclear power.  We must sustain the awareness raised by Fukushima and speak out about the dangers we face if we continue to pursue nuclear energy.”

“We must never again repeat the mistake of forgetting.”

For the Earth Minute and the Sojourner Truth show, this is Anne Petermann from Global Justice Ecology Project.

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GJEP Photo of the Month: Freight train derails on same tracks used for Three Mile Island nuclear waste transport

Photo:  Langelle

On 26 January 1988, twenty-one cars from a Union Pacific freight train derailed near the dioxin contaminated ghost town of Times Beach, Missouri (US).  Some of the cars plunged off a forty-foot trestle and onto the banks of the Meremec River.  A fire ensued.  Downwind from the smoke, Washington University’s Tyson Research Center was evacuated because one of the derailed cars contained the residue of toluene diisocyanate (TDI), a toxic substance.  These were the same tracks used to transport nuclear waste from the Three Mile Island (TMI) accident to a storage depot in Idaho.

Due to activist and public pressure the TMI trains were re-routed off of the faulty tracks, but ultimately not stopped.

With the tragic situation of the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan still unfolding, the German and Italian governments are rejecting nuclear power.

Additionally, Times Beach in the 1990s saw many protests and much citizen participation to stop a waste incinerator that was  to be built in order to burn dioxin-contaminated soil (thereby releasing dioxin into the air).  The government ignored the outcry of the people and built the incinerator.

Orin Langelle, GJEP’s Co-director/Strategist, is currently working on a book of four decades of his concerned photography.  From mid-June to mid-July Langelle is working on his book as an artist in residence at the Blue Mountain Center in New York’s Adirondack Mountains.

Also check out the GJEP Photo Gallery, past Photos of the Month posted on GJEP’s website, or Langelle’s photo essaysposted on this Climate Connections blog.

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Listen to GJEP’s Earth Segment from 17 June–Nukes and Bonn Climate Talks

Listen Global Justice Ecology Project’s weekly Earth Segment from last Thursday on The Sojourner Truth show on Los Angeles’ KPFK Pacifica radio station.

On this week: Independent journalist Tina Gerhardt discusses the backlash against nuclear power and the outcomes of the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany.

To listen, go to the following link.  The interview starts at minute 26:55.

http://archive.kpfk.org/parchive/mp3/kpfk_110616_070010sojourner.MP3

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KPFK Weekly Earth Segment: Harvey Wasserman on Germany and Nukes

Tune in to this week’s Earth Segment on KPFK at 

http://archive.kpfk.org/parchive/mp3/kpfk_110602_070010sojourner.MP3

This week’s segment features author and anti-nuclear activist Harvey Wasserman speaking about Germany’s decision to reject nuclear power.  The feature starts at minute 7:00 at the link above.

Global Justice Ecology Project has partnered with “The Sojourner Truth show with Margaret Prescod” to produce this weekly 12 minute earth segment every Thursday and an Earth Minute every Tuesday.  We have been working in Partnership with the KPFK Pacifica station in Los Angeles since the UN Climate Convention in Copenhagen in December 2009.

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Earth Minute on KPFK Radio’s Sojourner Truth Show

Listen to this week’s Earth Minute with Anne Petermann, Executive Director of Global Justice Ecology Project, which focuses on the nuclear nightmare in Japan as a potentially worse catastrophe than Chernobyl.

Click here to listen

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