Joint International Statement of Laureates of the “Alternative Nobel Prize” and Members of the World Future Council on Japanese Nuclear Disaster
Hamburg/Stockholm, 29 March 2011. In a joint statement 50 laureates of the Right Livelihood Award and members of the World Future Council demand a global nuclear phase out. “Nuclear power is neither the answer to modern energy problems nor a panacea for climate change challenges. There is no solution of problems by creating more problems,” states the declaration issued by experts, activists, politicians, clergy, entrepreneurs and scientists from 26 countries.
David Krieger, President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
“Our hearts go out to the people of Japan. The major lessons to be drawn from the tragedy are: first, nature’s power is far beyond our ability to control; second, the nuclear industry, in Japan and elsewhere, has arrogantly pushed ahead with their dangerous technology for boiling water, assuring the public that there is no reason for concern; third, the reassurances of self-interested nuclear »experts« are not to be trusted; and fourth, the nuclear power plant failures in Japan are a final wake-up call to replace nuclear power with safe, sustainable and renewable forms of energy” says WFC Councillor David Krieger, President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.
Jakob von Uexkull, Founder of the World Future Council and the Right Livelihood Award
„We must shut down nuclear plants, but we must also do some fundamental rethinking. In what kind of world do we want to live? What do we want the planet we leave future generations to be like? We are not powerless in our fight against environmental destruction, climate change, hunger and poverty. There are solutions and there are good policies. This is what we speak up for at the World Future Council: We have made it our mission to advice politicians worldwide of good policies for the challenges of our time and to give them practical assistance” says Jakob von Uexküll, founder of the World Future Council.
Judge C. G. Weeramantry, Former Vice President of the International Court of Justice
“Despite their obvious dangers, nuclear reactors are proliferating worldwide and sowing the seeds of pollution and congenital deformities for a thousand generations to come. We, who are fully aware of the catastrophic damage we are causing to unborn generations, still proceed regardless, pursuing activities which, it is patently clear, will release these dangers sooner or later. Every single citizen is a trustee of the environment. All the more are Governments trustees, and in particular the environmental ministers of the world bear a special responsibility in this regard. The continuance and proliferation of nuclear reactors violates every principle of humanitarian law, international law, environmental law and international sustainable development law. Indeed we are committing the gravest possible crime against future generations and are doing so with a full consciousness of the effects of our actions.” says WFC Councillor Judge C. G. Weeramantry, former Vice President of the International Court of Justice and President of the International Association of Lawyers against Nuclear Arms.
Pauline Tangiora, Maori Elder from the Rongomaiwahine tribe
“Mother Earth weeps for all the suffering. Hope is that we will cease building plants that have the potential to destroy humankind. We must pray for the families who have lost loved ones, for those who are suffering from the aftermath of the tragedy, including what may arise from the damage to the nuclear plants as this will affect all humanity. In peace”, WFC Councillor Pauline Tangiora, Maori Elder from the Rongomaiwahine tribe.
Hans-Peter Dürr, Nuclear Physicist and Philosopher
“Our responsibility to preserve creation, our reverence for life and our duty to observe human rights should rigorously forbid us to develop and use a technology that can, in a worst case scenario, cause an unacceptable damage”, says WFC Councillor Professor Hans-Peter Dürr, nuclear physicist and philosopher.
Alyn Ware, Global Coordinator Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND)
“The risks of accidents like Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and Fukushima, coupled with the potential for diversion of technology and materials to make nuclear weapons, plus the environmental risk of managing radioactive waste, and the risk of terrorist attacks on nuclear power plants give us a clear indication that this technology is too dangerous for our generation and for future generations. Investing in solar, wind, wave, tidal, biomass, geothermal, energy conservation and other environmentally safe energy practices is a much better option to meet energy needs and reverse carbon emissions than investing in nuclear energy. PNND does not have policy regarding the use of nuclear energy. However, many of our members are active in promoting sustainable and environmentally sound alternatives” says WFC Councillor Alyn Ware, Global Coordinator Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament (PNND).
Alexander Likhotal, President of Green Cross International
“Safe nuclear power is a contradiction in terms. The nuclear lobby has used the lack of major nuclear accidents since Chernobyl 25 years ago as the “proof” of new generation reactors “safety” to lull the world into self comforting and unsubstantiated delusions. The accident at Fukushima 1 nuclear plant is a shocking reminder of the reality of nuclear power threats, the huge modern technological risks for those living as well as future generations and the vital need to turn the world economy green,” says WFC Councillor Alexander Likhotal, President of Green Cross International.
Members of our Working Group “Peace and Disarmament”
Jürgen Scheffran, Professor at the Hamburg University
„The reactor disaster in Japan shows that nuclear energy is not safe. What allegedly was impossible has happened, in part due to a natural disaster, in part due to insufficient safety engineering and profit seeking. To focus on this high risk technology in the future is unjustifiable and climate change does not vindicate it – especially as we have alternatives with enhanced energy efficiency and regenerative energies. Furthermore, shutting down nuclear power plants would make the abolition of nuclear weapons easier” says Professor Jürgen Sheffran, member of the WFC working group peace and disarmament.
Martin Kalinowski, Professor at the Hamburg University and Chairman of the Management Board of the Centre for Natural Science and Peace Research (ZNF)
“The precautionary principle demands that even for risk levels that are in general found to be acceptable a red line should be drawn for extreme consequences. Technologies like nuclear energy that could result in inacceptable catastrophic consequences should be forgone, even if the probability for the occurrence of situations such as the one we are facing is considered to be negligibly small” says Professor Martin Kalinowski, member of the WFC working group peace and disarmament.
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