Nuns Against Nukes

August 6th marked the 67th anniversary of the Hiroshima bomb, August 9th the 67th anniversary of the bomb dropped on Nagasaki. I’ve just read items about two nuns who’ve done extraordinary work - over many decades - to educate the world about the hazards of nuclear energy.

One was Dr. Rosalie Bertell, who died at the age of 83, this past June. Rosalie was an extraordinary woman & scientist who is sadly missed by all who knew her. A friend of hers wrote a tribute for Toronto’s Globe & Mail newspaper that you can read here   One of Dr. Bertell's many ongoing legacies is the group International Institute of Concern for Public Health (IICPH). (If you Google IICPH, you’ll also find YouTubes featuring presentations by Dr. Bertell.) Dr. Bertell’s life will be celebrated in Toronto on September 29th at Bloor St. United Church.

The other nun I've just learned about is 82-year old Sister Megan Rice, who just last weekend broke into a bomb facility in Oakridge, Tennessee along with 2 other people. You can read about her (most recent) arrest here

I recently had the honour of meeting Buddhist nun Jun-San Yasuda during her walk around Lake Ontario to raise awareness about the risks of nuclear energy, & was delighted to take part in a small part of that walk with her & her walking companions. (there is a related Kingston, Ontario news item here)

Then there is the Occupy Nukes phenomenon you can read about here

Rather a lot going on, isn’t there??

Janet

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