End the nuclear age

Greenpeace has always fought - and will continue to fight - vigorously against nuclear power because it is an unacceptable risk to the environment and to humanity. The only solution is to halt the expansion of all nuclear power, and for the shutdown of existing plants.

Nastya, from Belarus was only three years old when she was diagnosed with cancer of the uterus and lungs. According to local doctors the region has seen a huge increase in childhood cancer cases since the Chernobyl disaster.

We need an energy system that can fight climate change, based on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Nuclear power already delivers less energy globally than renewable energy, and the share will continue to decrease in the coming years.

Despite what the nuclear industry tells us, building enough nuclear power stations to make a meaningful reduction in greenhouse gas emissions would cost trillions of dollars, create tens of thousands of tons of lethal high-level radioactive waste, contribute to further proliferation of nuclear weapons materials, and result in a Chernobyl-scale accident once every decade. Perhaps most significantly, it will squander the resources necessary to implement meaningful climate change solutions.  (Briefing: Climate change - Nuclear not the answer.)

The Nuclear Age began in July 1945 when the US tested their first nuclear bomb near Alamogordo, New Mexico. A few years later, in 1953, President Eisenhower launched his "Atoms for Peace" Programme at the UN amid a wave of unbridled atomic optimism.

But as we know there is nothing "peaceful" about all things nuclear. More than half a century after Eisenhower's speech the planet is left with the legacy of nuclear waste. This legacy is beginning to be recognised for what it truly is.

Things are moving slowly in the right direction. In November 2000 the world recognised nuclear power as a dirty, dangerous and unnecessary technology by refusing to give it greenhouse gas credits during the UN Climate Change talks in The Hague. Nuclear power was dealt a further blow when a UN Sustainable Development Conference refused to label nuclear a sustainable technology in April 2001.

The risks from nuclear energy are real, inherent and long-lasting.

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Greenpeace condemns Japanese Government rush to reactivate nuclear plant

Press release | 14 April, 2012 at 7:35

Tokyo, Japan, April 14, 2012 - Greenpeace today protested the Japanese Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yukio Edano’s visit to Fukui Prefecture, slamming the Government’s push to bring two reactors at the Ohi nuclear power plant back online...

Greenpeace staff blocked from entering South Korea as Government cracks down on...

Press release | 2 April, 2012 at 8:51

Seoul, South Korea, 2 April, 2012 - Three Greenpeace senior staff members accompanying the organisation’s International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo were today denied entry and deported from South Korea, highlighting the Government’s growing...

Residents at risk as radioactive contamination lingers in Fukushima

Press release | 9 March, 2012 at 2:14

Fukushima, Japan, March 9, 2012 – Greenpeace today again criticised the Japanese Government’s incompetent handling of radioactive contamination from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, saying that its independent measurements show that one...

Open letter to world leaders calls for an end of the threat of nuclear power

Press release | 7 March, 2012 at 10:46

Amsterdam, March 7, 2012 - Just days before Japan marks the anniversary of March 11, 2011 tsunami and the nuclear disaster that followed, leaders from more than 50 organisations and prominent individuals from all around the world today released...

Greenpeace interactive map shows millions world-wide at risk of a nuclear accident

Press release | 2 March, 2012 at 1:57

Amsterdam, March 2, 2012 - Greenpeace today released an interactive, on-line map showing all operating nuclear reactors around the world and how many millions of people are threatened by a Fukushima-like disaster at any one of these ticking time...

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