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~ ~ Those of you who have read my opinion on “Nuclear Power” in the Ciao Café category will already be aware of the fact that I am a vociferous opponent of the use of nuclear power to generate electricity.
For those of you that haven’t read the opinion, the main gist of it is that I honestly believe that there are many potential and viable alternatives sources of energy that could be developed and used (wind/wave/hydroelectric/geothermal, etc) instead of this highly dangerous and lethal form of generating electrical power.
The issue is a very emotive one here in the Republic of Ireland, which has been my home now for over twenty years. This is because our coastline is only sixty miles or so from the nuclear reprocessing plant now called Sellafield (used to be called Windscale) in Cumbria, England, and if there were to be a nuclear accident/incident of any significant nature at this plant, then Ireland would almost certainly become a nuclear desert for many thousands of years, and countless thousands of our citizens would both die and suffer serious illness.
~ ~ Now a poster and postcard campaign has been started to highlight the dangers of Sellafield, and to put pressure on the UK to finally do something about Sellafield before it is too late.
A fantastic and informative website has been set up to inform the public of what the campaign hopes to achieve, and to tell them how they can play their part in helping to close the potential death machine that is Sellafield.
Here’s the link.
Before I go on to describe the site and the campaign in a bit more detail, I think it would be worthwhile to quote the words of Ali Hewson herself, taken from the website.
'I’ve always felt strongly opposed to Sellafield', comments Hewson.
'It is 60 miles away from the Irish coast. It is pumping 2 million gallons of radioactive liquid waste into the Irish Sea every day, making the Irish Sea the most radioactive sea in the world. If an accident happens at the plant, or if there is a terrorist attack, depending on which way the wind blows, Dublin, Dundalk, Drogheda, Belfast, and vast parts of Ireland, would be uninhabitable. Forever.
As a patron of the Chernobyl Children's Project for the last seven years, I feel there are strong comparisons between the situation in Belarus and our own. Belarus is like Ireland in many respects. Like Ireland, they did not ask for a nuclear plant to be built beside them, but when the accident happened at Chernobyl in the Ukraine, the wind blew 70% of the fallout onto Belarus. If an accident happens at Sellafield, that is exactly what could happen to us.'
~ ~ Another page is devoted to the world’s worst ever nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, giving all the relevant facts, figures, and information. You can also view some pretty harrowing pictures of the poor, unfortunate children of the area, that I challenge you to be unmoved by. (I warn you, they’re not pleasant!)
Yet another page gives all the required information to schools on how they can best participate in this massive campaign, and suggests projects for the children themselves to undertake.
Many Irish showbiz and media celebrities are also backing this campaign, such as Samantha Mumba, Ronan Keating, Pat Kenny, Ronnie Drew, Louis Walsh, and many others.
The media here in Ireland have really taken to this imaginative and innovative effort, and there’s a link telling you of all the media coverage it has achieved so far.
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