Tell ASEAN to say "NO" to nuclear power

"The Fukushima disaster shows that nuclear power is inherently unsafe. The 'clean and safe' nuclear energy that the industry talks about is a myth. A disaster like this can happen again and the impacts are devastating. More than 150,000 people had to abandon their homes, livelihoods and many of them will never return."

This month, one year ago, a devastating earthquake and tsunami was followed by a radioactive leakage after the four reactors overheated at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. Thousands of people, and animals, will suffer yet more as they develop cancers and genetic damage, to be passed on to future generations. The surrounding environment will remain contaminated for, perhaps thousands of years.

In Southeast Asia, the government of Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia have all indicated that they are moving full steam ahead with nuclear development despite the Fukushima disaster, while the governments of Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia and the Philippines have opted to proceed with alleged caution. Pursuing the nuclear option, accordingly, is to address the growing energy demand while reducing carbon emissions of an aggressively economically developing region.