A year ago today the world was awakened in shock after a series of equipment failures, nuclear meltdowns, and releases of radioactive materials at the Fukushima Daiichi, nuclear power plant, following the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.
Today, our thoughts yet still remain with the Japanese people, who in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami are still faced with a dreadful impacts of the Fukushima nuclear disaster the environment and the lives of the people from a wide area around the nuclear plant.
It is quite disquieting that in spite of the obvious and inherent dangers posed by nuclear power, member countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) have indicated that they are moving full steam ahead with nuclear development despite the Fukushima disaster.
Time and again nuclear power has proven itself to be expensive, slow and dangerous and unable to stop climate change. The hazards associated with nuclear power include the risk of potentially catastrophic accidents routine releases of radioactive gases and liquids from nuclear plants, the problem of nuclear waste and the risks of terrorism and sabotage.
We believe that the responsibility for averting another nuclear disaster like what happened in Fukushima, rests in our hands that is why we need your help in sending a clear message to ASEAN and its member countries to learn from the lessons of what happened in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and tell them that it is in their best interests that ASEAN should repeal the nuclear development provision in the ASEAN Energy Cooperation Plan for 2010-2015 and instead pursue the more sustainable and safer development path of renewable energy investments.