How do we prevent another Chernobyl?

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

The 26th April marks the 31th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster. The world's most serious nuclear disaster led to thousands of deaths, destroyed communities, and caused far reaching environmental damage.

An upcoming conference will explore how to prevent another Chernobyl disaster. The conference will argue there is no need for nuclear power; the latest developments in renewable technology can now supply the energy we need in a safe, healthy and sustainable manner.

Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said:

"31 years on from the world's most serious nuclear disaster, we remember the thousands of lives lost and blighted by the impact of radiation, the homes and livelihoods abandoned and destroyed in Ukraine and other affected areas. Today we bear witness to the legacy of environmental destruction and continuing damaging health consequences that live on.

"The lesson of Chernobyl is that nuclear power poses a grave danger to human life. In the aftermath of Chernobyl, and the Fukushima disaster of 2011, it seems the government has not learnt this lesson. The government urgently needs to reconsider its plan to build a new generation of nuclear power stations in the UK.

"The government needs to face up to these challenges and deliver a safe, genuinely sustainable solution to our energy needs. Other countries have learnt the lessons of Chernobyl and Fukushima and have abandoned nuclear power. It's time for our government to learn those lessons too. Nuclear power is just too dangerous and must be abandoned now before the worst happens."

No need for nuclear: the renewables are here
Saturday 17 June 2017 10.15 to 5pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
Box office cnduk.org/NoNeedForNuclear

Join the CND conference to hear the facts from a brilliant range of experts. They will explore a number of topics including what's wrong with nuclear power; the politics of nuclear power; energy demand, energy efficiency; and the scope of renewables in the UK.

Speakers include:

Chris Baugh, Assistant General Secretary, PCS union;
Professor Andrew Blowers, Open University; Emeritus
Professor Godfrey Boyle, Open University;
Dr Tom Burke, Director and Chairman, E3G Consultants;
Alasdair Cameron, Friends of the Earth;
Molly Scott Cato MEP, Green Party;
Dr Carl Clowes, former Deputy Director NHS Wales;
Emeritus Professor David Elliott, Open University;
Dr Paul Dorfman, University College London;
Dr Ian Fairlie, Independent Consultant;
Antony Froggatt, co-author World Nuclear Industry Status Report;
Dr Doug Parr, Chief Scientist, Greenpeace UK;
Kelvin Hopkins MP, Labour Party;
Dr Kate Hudson, General Secretary, CND;
Professor Tim Mousseau, University of South Carolina, US;
Professor Steve Thomas, University of Greenwich;
Dr David Toke, University of Aberdeen;
Andrew Warren, Chairman British