I recently came across the 'Nuclear Hotseat' Web site - a site with lots of info & podcasts on it. I immediately warmed to the phrase "nuclear hotseat." (heh heh...)
We are ALL on the nuclear hotseat, make no mistake about that!
Sometimes we even have nuclear facilities in our towns or neighbourhoods that we don't know about!
This is true in Pembroke, Ontario, where a small & visually unobtrusive little company called SRB (located in a residential neighbourhood, btw) makes products from tritium - a dangerous by-product of nuclear energy. Unfortunately for the residents of Pembroke, too many emissions go up the stack & into the groundwater. It should be shut down. Determined activists there have tried for years to do so. Yet most residents of Pembroke seem unaware it's even there. Lots of info about this on the TAP (Tritium Awareness Project) Web site. (I've mentioned SRB in some posting or other on this blog, but have not really written extensively about it. Note: on the TAP site, be sure to use the 'Categories' tab at the right to find lots more content/news stories, etc. & also use the "tags" - i.e, click on relevant words to find articles. Here's a doozy of a story...)
Same deal in Peterborough, Ontario. Another tritium company/polluter: this one called Shield Source Incorporated, or SSI. Tons of recent activism there has led to its near-shutdown - but don't count on it staying dormant for long. The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission will almost certainly allow it to open again. Or maybe the owner will run away & leave a big radioactive clean-up mess for the locals (he's done this before, down in the U.S.). Find out more here (there is also quite a lot about SSI on the TAP site mentioned above). Ah, now I remember: I wrote a bit about all of this here.
Latest discovery of a nuke facility in the midst of a neighbourhood that I'm aware of is the GE place in Toronto (Lansdowne & Dupont). Big public meeting about it tomorrow! Read up on it here.
Now, here is what I saw on the Nuclear Hotseat site that grabbed my attention:
QUOTE: "If you feel frightened, helpless, depressed, triggered into obsessive or addictive behaviors or any other emotions when you think about Fukushima and what the ongoing radiation release means to the future of life on Planet Earth, only one thing will help you genuinely feel better: TAKE ACTION. DO something. Write a letter stating your concerns to the president, your senators, your representative, your governor. Follow up with phone calls. Stay informed, not only about the current nuclear news but on what activist groups are doing. Join them in any way you can — donate, forward their posts on social media, comment on blogs, connect with others who are willing to engage in the conversation. This is no time to be alone.
There are also actions you can take to protect your health and the health of your family. I’ll be sharing those as well as links to sites that will allow you to do further research by yourself.
The nuclear industry and its political apologists are working their PR firms overtime to convince you that nuclear energy is clean, green, safe and sustainable. Don’t let them fool you; they are lying. On this site, you’ll gain access to cutting edge information on nuclear energy, Fukushima, and the ongoing health dangers we face. My goal is to inspire you to join the battle to turn off your neighborhood nuclear reactor.
As Helen Keller once wrote, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” I invite you to join me and work to get us all out of the nuclear hotseat." END OF QUOTE
I second that invitation!!
p.s. all these nuclear situations? You couldn't make this stuff up if you tried! It's appalling. It's nasty. It's evil. You really & truly couldn't make stuff like this up if you tried! But see what Howard Zinn had to say, down below. It's all true! (btw too, it was in the pretty little town of Port Hope, Ontario that I first began thinking "You couldn't make this stuff up if you tried!" I wrote about that in a posting called 'Atomic Towns.' All these towns are tied together. For sure, we are indeed ALL on the nuclear hotseat...)
“We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world. Even when we don't "win," there is fun and fulfillment in the fact that we have been involved, with other good people, in something worthwhile. We need hope. An optimist isn't necessarily a blithe, slightly sappy whistler in the dark of our time. To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places -- and there are so many -- where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don't have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.” - Howard Zinn <quoted by Rob Brezsny in Oct. 31/12 message>