This month we wrestle with knotty questions about our choice of nuclear vs renewable energy, a legalistic environmental word (it's a phrase, to be legal and accurate) of the month, and a word from our sponsor....one of our fabulous volunteers!

How are we nuking the green energy industry? (And how some are fighting back)

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Canadian engineers may have invented the Candu nuclear reactor but that doesn’t mean all Canadians embrace nuclear energy. Last year Quebec decided to mothball its reactor at Gentilly. Last month the Ontario government decided against building any new reactors.Germany is ditching nuclear energy and  Japan braces for any for any storm headed to its shores because it exacerbate the pollution left by the disaster of the breakdown of reactors in Fukushima.

So why aren’t we choosing to use renewable energy? A safe alternative, with a long term financial future, including lots of new jobs, what is preventing our full embrace? We look at Ontario for some reasons and hear from people who resisting a slide into the much more dangerous relationship with nuclear energy.

Environmental word of the month

Our word of the montStop SLAPP suitsh is a phrase used to silence groups that raise worries about company’s activities, and not just environmental concerns. It’s called a SLAPP suit. It stands for a strategic lawsuit against public participation and Greenpeace Canada is facing one right now. It’s ugly and it’s scary.

We need your help to push all provincial governments (except Quebec where you can’t file such a suit) to put through anti SLAPP legislation. Join us and more than 150 environmental, social justice and human rights groups to tell MPPs that we want groups to be free to raise fears or concerns about company practices without fear of recrimination.  Tweet your MPP to stand agaisnt SLAPP legislation and stand for forests!

Our credits

Michelle Bode/Simeunovich

Michelle Bode, who reads our credit this month, grew up on the coasts of Florida and South Carolina, so she knows a lot about how to prepare for emergency flooding and storms. Find out why that led her to volunteer with Greenpeace and become an anti nuclear activist.

 



Slapp Photo Credit:Shawn Rossi