Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

Nuclear Pride Fest in Paris!

What: A celebration of nuclear energy's contribution to clean, zero-emissions, reliable energy co-organized by European and American allies.

Why: The French government could close 14 nuclear reactors to make way for natural gas and renewables which would increase electricity prices and pollution.

How: Come and have a good time! All are welcome to attend and stand up for clean energy in France.

Updates concerning location and activities will be posted here as well as on Facebook.

Travel scholarships available for students and low-income individuals. Please email madison@environmentalprogress.org for details.

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Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

Nuclear Pride Fest in Belgium!

What: A celebration of nuclear energy's contribution to clean, zero-emissions, reliable energy co-organized by European and American allies.

Why: Belgium’s government has announced a total nuclear phaseout by 2025, even though it's seven reactors provide more than half of the country’s electricity.

How: Come and have a good time! All are welcome to attend and stand up for clean energy in Belgium.

Updates concerning location and activities will be posted here as well as on Facebook.

Travel scholarships available for students and low-income individuals. Please email madison@environmentalprogress.org for details.

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Apr
11
7:30 PM19:30

Nuclear, Panic, and Danger: Why Fear of Nuclear Threatens Japan's Energy, Environmental, and National Security

Speech by Michael Shellenberger at Temple University, Tokyo, Japan


As we approach the eighth anniversary of the Fukushima disaster, a consensus has formed among experts that fear of nuclear has created far more harm than the radiation. Whereas 15,000 people died in the tsunami and the evacuations resulted in the death of over 2,000 people, the radiation exposure has killed — at most — just one person. 

The replacement of nuclear energy with fossil fuels will create thousands of additional premature deaths from conventional air pollution. Japan’s economy and energy security has suffered from spending over $500 billion on fossil energy imports and clean up efforts. As a consequence, leading radiation scientists last year editorialized that never again should governments evacuate populations during or after a nuclear accident, no matter how bad it appears to be.

Since the accident, experts have pointed to the myth of perfect nuclear safety, psychological displacement of emotional trauma from the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami to Fukushima accident, and public ignorance of radiation, as the key reasons for the societal and governmental over-reaction.  This includes a scapegoating of Japan’s nuclear establishment, or “village,” as retribution motivated by preexisting distrust and even disgust.  

Michael Shellenberger will build on these factors to offer a unified picture of the danger created by nuclear panic, its motivations, and what to do about it. He will present evidence showing how widespread fear of nuclear energy within Japanese society reflects a displaced and often unconscious fear of nuclear weapons, anxieties over nuclear-armed North Korea and newly aggressive China and Russia, and uncertainties with regard to U.S. nuclear security guarantees.

Resolving the continuing conflict within Japan over nuclear energy will ultimately require resolving domestic tensions over what kind of economic, military, and political power Japan should and will become in the 21st Century.

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Feb
9
10:00 AM10:00

Save French Nuclear! Planning Meeting

What: Meeting hosted by the Nuclear Pride Coalition to organize pro-nuclear public action in Paris in Spring 2019 to protest proposed nuclear plant closures.

Why: The French government could close 14 nuclear reactors to make way for natural gas and renewables which would increase electricity prices and air pollution.

How: Email madison@environmentalprogress.org if you are interested in helping to organize the public action and would like to attend the Saturday February 9 planning meeting.

All are welcome. This will be a meeting for all people regardless of political persuasion.

Travel scholarships available for students and low-income individuals.

Action organized by Nuclear Pride Coalition and co-sponsored by Les Voix du Nucléaire (“Voices of Nuclear,” France); Environmentalists for Nuclear (France); Saving Our Planet (France-UK-Norway); Stitching Ecomodernisme (“Ecomodernist Society,” Netherlands); Environmental Progress (U.S.); Partei der Humanisten (Germany); Mothers for Nuclear (Switzerland); Nuklearia (Germany); Ökomoderne (“Ecomodernist Society”, Germany); Students for Nuclear(U.S.).

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