CHERNOBYL AND FUKUSHIMA AWARENESS WEEK 22ND TO 28TH APRIL 2013
This year marks the 27th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. 27 years may seem like a long time ago. In that time I’ve grown up, got married and had a kid who’s now older than I was at the time. Then you realise the plant will leak for 24,000 yrs and it will take another 25,000 years for the levels to drop to a safe point and 27 yrs feels like a drop in a very big ocean.
I feel this year its more important than ever to raise awareness. We’ve had Fukushima in the news this week with details of how its leaking low levels of radiation into local water. Iran had an earth quake but luckily it’s plant was OK. North Korea is threatening nuclear war that President Putin says ‘will make Chernobyl look like a fairy tale’. Yet most people don’t realise the damage the radiation is still doing.
I’ve spoken to people who think that the radiation has now gone and there’s no worry. I tell them I know of a farmer in the UK who has only just been able to sell his sheep because of the radiation and there shocked. Not only did they think it was over but they didn’t realise it spread over here.
Yesterday I was speaking to a teacher who had been to Estonia. He said he was doing tests for radiation leaks on submarines when a colleague stopped and looked round. It was only then they realised that everything was dead. No flowers, no grass, not even animals. They asked why and were told it was because of Chernobyl. The radiation killed everything and it still hadn’t grown back. That was only a few years ago!!
Please visit the site link above and go to the talks if you can or find your local group and support them. I know money is tight but get in touch with them and offer support if you can. Host a child, hold a fund raiser, if they have a shop (Swindon do! 95 Victoria Rd!) pop in and buy something or offer to volunteer. There is always something you can do no matter what your age or abilities!!!!
Most importantly TALK ABOUT IT!!!! Send this page around your friends, get it out there. Make sure everyone knows what the week is about and don’t let people forget those who live in the radiation zones who suffer ill heath but have no way of escaping.
Please, make the week count. We need awareness so it NEVER happens again.