by Caroline Phillips, Program Administrator
Thirty years after the atomic meltdown at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, government agencies worldwide are no closer to understanding how to handle a radiation release of this magnitude or how to protect the people they serve than they were seventy years ago during the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We are reminded of this fact almost daily with the dark comedy that is Tokyo Electric Power Company’s (TEPCO) futile attempts prescribed by the Japanese government to contain the current ongoing nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi (like building an ice wall….really?). Meanwhile, led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan’s government also continues to push for restart of all its atomic reactors shut down since the triple reactor meltdown that forced at least 160,000 people out of their homes. Abe’s regime proves how governments throughout the world are failing to protect people from the tragedy of atomic calamities and the ensuing radiation fallout.
Could not agree with this more, noticed this myself and found it rather disgusting and lying by omission:
There is a new trend in main stream media to portray the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone as a burgeoning “human free” natural oasis for elks, wolves, bears, and lynxes. This idyllic biodiverse fantasy is perpetuated in documentaries like PBS’ “Radioactive Wolves” and The History Channel’s “Life After People”. These portrayals are not wrong in their assessment that nature will thrive at a more rapid rate without human influence, but there is a stark down-play of the real impact radiation is having on each species’ long-term development and diversity.