The Cold War is over, but the threat of nuclear radiation and disasters remain. The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear disaster, caused by the March 11, 2011 earthquake with a magnitude of 9.0 that hit Japan, is a grim reminder of how dangerous nuclear materials can be, whether they are used to create weapons or energy. Water and food sources are contaminated with radioactive materials and the total effect will not be known until decades from now. There are an estimated 24,000 nuclear weapons and 440 nuclear reactor units in the world. How safe do you feel knowing that there are terrorists with their eyes on nuclear weapons, while there are possibilities for human errors and oversight, plus the uncertainties of mother nature?
Project for Nuclear Awareness is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Philadelphia whose mission is to create the conditions for worldwide, complete nuclear disarmament through sophisticated educational programs. Their latest campaign was working with organizations and the general public to petition against the building of a nuclear weapons plant on an earthquake fault line in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Edward A. Aguilar, program director of the Project for Nuclear Awareness, said ” [We] and other citizen groups have filed public objections to the proposed Los Alamos plutonium-nuclear-weapons-core production facility, as a great risk to the lives and health of the residents of New Mexico and the US in case of fire, accident, or earthquake. This summer, while these issues were pending, there were large out-of-control wildfires in New Mexico, in the area around Los Alamos. Luckily, the labs themselves were not burned. Fire is not a good thing around six tons of plutonium, the amount now stored at the labs, to say the least….” Hopefully, change is in the wind. Stop building new nukes, disarm old ones, and move on to sustainable energy for a start to a new world.
For more information, please visit Project for Nuclear Awareness.