We Remember Fukushima


This week we remember the March 11, 2011 disaster in Fukushima, Japan.

We remember the earthquake, the Tsunami, and the multiple nuclear plant meltdowns that have released untold (literally) amounts of radiation into the atmosphere, soil, water, and oceans.

We remember the many dead, the many afraid and traumatized, the many displaced forever from their homes and farms.

We remember those who now live in fear of future cancers and genetic mutations.

We remember the many acknowledged and unacknowledged victims of radiation poisoning and contamination. 

We remember the children who wear geiger counters to school each day and their parents who ache and worry about the radioactive food, air, and water they consume.

We remember the Buddha of the Radiation Zone who cares for the abandoned animals.

We remember and pray for the future generations everywhere, as radiation travels and circulates throughout the planet and remains hazardous for tens of thousands of years.

We remember and honor those who fight against nuclear ecocide.

We remember and express our gratitude--especially-- to the thousands of Japanese mothers and green activists who protest on behalf of all beings of this planet.

We remember.


This week, at Stony Brook University, in New York, we are hosting an event to commemorate Fukushima:


Fukushima: One Year Later  
Thursday, March 8, 4-6 p.m. 
Humanities Building #1006

Speaker: Professor Murakami (visiting from Japan)

Speaker: Tomoi Zeimer (Mother, Artist and Activist)

Commentary: Heidi Hutner 
 (Professor of Sustainability and English, Stony Brook University)

Respondent: Cindy Folkers (Beyond Nuclear)
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There are events to commemorate the nuclear disaster taking place all week long in the New York Area.  Here is a schedule.

Currently, there are 23 Fukushima-style reactors in operation in the U.S.: GE Mark 1 reactors.

In the 1980s, GE engineers blew the whistle, warning the NRC and GE that these reactors were not safe.  Their warnings were not heeded.  We need to shut the 23 GE Mark 1 reactors down now.  In total, the US has 104 nuclear plants.  The NRC has done little to nothing to make sure of their safety after the Fukushima disaster.

To learn more, go to Beyond NuclearNIRS, and Nuclear Free Planet.

Also, join Helen Caldicott in front of the White House on March 30th, 2012 for a massive anti-nuclear protest!