Top News: Italian public says no to nuclear power; Barbie’s deforestation habit continues in Tel Aviv; anti-nuclear rallies in Japan mark three months since start of Fukushima nuclear disaster; Europe’s first ‘eco-mosque’ planned in Germany.
#Nuclear: Italy celebrated through the night after a historic referendum in which the public turned out in great numbers to vote overwhelmingly against a return to nuclear power generation. Prime Minister Berlusconi was left reeling after well over 90% of voters rejected the nuclear proposals along with plans for water privatisation and - perhaps most concerning for Mr Berlusconi - a law that would allow him and other ministers to cite government business as a reason for delaying trials in which they were defendants. La Stampa & La Republica - The Guardian (English)
In another excellent example of how investment in and commitment to a renewable energy policy can stimulate the economy, shares in Italian renewable energy companies showed large gains in response to the vote against nuclear power. Reuters
#Barbie The campaign to stop the world’s biggest toy manufacturer using deforested Indonesian trees in its packaging continues all over the world. A Toys R Us in Tel Aviv this weekend saw protests by a version of the doll you probably won’t find on its shelves. Two lifesized Barbies carrying unusual chainsaw accessories led the protest at a mall in Israel’s second city. Activists hoped to highlight Mattel’s use of products derived from the destruction of the Indonesian rainforest in its packaging. Jerusalem Post
Protests continue around the world – from Finland to Israel and Australia to America – as concerned consumers attempt to wake the toy industry up to the destruction they’re causing.
#Fukushima Thousands took to the streets in Japan on Saturday in anti-nuclear rallies marking three months since a massive quake and tsunami caused the world's worst nuclear accident in 25 years and to call attention to the ongoing and developing situation at the plant. Greenpeace Executive Director Kumi Naidoo told a rally at Tokyo's Yoyogi Park "it is time to shift to renewable energy sources," before people took to the streets holding sunflowers and gerbera daisies. Sydney Morning Herald
#Eco-Mosque In what may be seen as a blatant attempt to raise the blood-pressure of right-wing pundits to dangerous levels, it appears that an architect in Germany has managed to combine multi-culturalism with environmentalism in his design for a new mosque. Hamburg-based Selcuk Ünyilmaz, who has long incorporated energy efficiency into his work, has unveiled plans for a new mosque with wind turbines on its minarets. The turbines will be housed in two 22-metre-high minarets and Ünyilmaz plans to install a pair of 1.5-metre glass rotor blades in each tower. At certain times of the day, light will be beamed at the blades to create a kind of light show. Guardian