Making the Invisible, Visible: Radiation Fallout
POST-FUKUSHIMA DAI-ICHI NUCLEAR DISASTER
I want to take a closer look at the nuclear crisis in Japan, that has been going on, since last spring. At Fukushima Dai-ichi, there are six nuclear reactors and all of them have been in meltdown mode for the past year.
Looking at these issues involves “getting real.” This comes with the realization that radiation may be invisible, but that high levels of it have been contaminating our air, water, soil, produce, milk and dairy products, for many months — with high concentrations of radioactive particles in the S.F. Bay Area, west coast (high radioactive cesium in produce), in Florida (high radioactive iodine levels), Massachusetts, Philadelphia, and elsewhere.
Because radionuclides are invisible and do not appear to us in the form of red clouds or black tap water, it is easy for some to ignore what is happening, with regard to the daily, ongoing degradation of our environment (worldwide).
Radiation fallout causes cancer — however, it may take years to develop (nuclearfreeplanet.org, nukefree.org). According to Dr. Helen Caldicott and other experts, there will be millions of new cases of cancer in the coming years.
Radiation clouds from Japan have been traveling across the U.S. and around the globe for about a year. But since they are invisible, it is easy for folks not to think about it, if we choose not to. Five to ten thousand tons of radioactive wastes were released from Japan for days in to our oceans last summer. There were over 100K tons remaining at the Fukushima plant last year. Predictions were that there will be over 1/4 million tons of radioactive materials in our oceans by last December, 2011. As of this writing, more radioactive wastes have leaked into the oceans from those plants, in recent months.
Radiation is invisible, but it is in our ecosystem. I want cleaner air and water for the world’s children and humankind to enjoy. (A good friend of mine from Oakland, sent me this reference on denial: “The Politics of Denial,” by Michael Milburn and Sheree Conrad. It is out-of-print, but the text is available online).
If you care about this planet, please contact your congresspersons. Google: Congressional Voting Record, 111th Congress, 2010 to see how they have voted on green and nuclear issues and ask for their help to stop the production of new nuclear plants. It is dirty, extremely expensive and not safe.
I would like the radiation fallout from Japan to stop coming to the USA and traversing around the world! The suffering for the people of Japan is immense. Thousands of Japanese citizens want to close down the Fukushima nuclear power plant and other plants there — for the sake of the world’s children.
We can sit and do nothing as the ecosystem collapses around us — or we can contact our congresspeople and educate others. This is one of the most important global, green issues facing the world today.
Please write today to:
President Obama, c/o White House, 1600
Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC, 20500 or call 202.456.1111.
I am hoping that many folks will be moved to write or call President Obama and Congress. Your letters or calls could make all the difference in the world. Please ask him not to build anymore new nuclear power plants. The children of the world will thank you.
For more information:
“The Politics of Denial,” by Michael Milburn and Sheree Conrad
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