Mitaka Citizens’ Declaration of Abandoning Nuclear Power Plants
The Great East Japan Earthquake/Tsunami and the sequential severe accident of Tokyo Electric Power’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant on March 11, 2011 shook the world.
One year and a few months have passed since the accident, yet, Tokyo Electric Power Co. and the government have not been able to put a stop to the accident. Even now, great amounts of radioactive substances are emitted to the atmosphere and the sea, and the critical situation still continues.
Affected people in Fukushima prefecture are exhausted both mentally and physically because of the fear of invisible radioactive substances and their unforeseeable future life. The nuclear power plant accident caused not only damage in people’s social and economic life, but also disparity and conflict among the affected people. In highly radiation contaminated districts, even the continuation of local administrative government is doubtful.
The true fact about the accident of the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant has not been clarified yet, and we don’t even know when the truth will come out. Nevertheless, the political and financial circles are promoting economic dependence on nuclear power just as before the great earthquake. They are forcing to resume nuclear power plants without concrete safety measures. What kind of future can we expect for Japan when they say, “Stopping all nuclear power plants is like a mass suicide.”
From the tragedy of the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant, we have learned lessons that:
· Humans cannot control nuclear power,
· The threat of nature is far beyond human imagination,
· The risk of radiation exposure in the whole process of nuclear power generation, from mining uranium ore to actual power generation and waste disposal,
· The nuclear waste keeps increasing without permanent disposal sites for used fuel rods,
· It will take tens of thousands of years for radioactive substances which do not exist in nature to become extinct, and
· The fear of radiation contamination will continue for a long time.
It is clear which path we should take now. We must choose various renewable energy sources that can co-exist with people. At this very moment, not only can we make a decision but also enter a new world of energy right away. It is our responsibility to pass on a safe society for children in which they can live with comfort without the fear of radiation contamination.
The world is watching us, to see if the “world without nuclear power plants” is possible. .
To bring the “World without nuclear power plants,” we, hereby, announce our commitments:
* To never turn away from the accident of the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant and ever-expanding damage.
* To demand that all human lives be protected from radiation contamination.
* To oppose the resumption of operations of the existing power plants and the implementation of the new power plant construction plan, and to demand the decommissioning of all the existing reactors.
* To promote a safer society based on the renewal energy generation instead of the nuclear power generation.
Adopted by Participants of Parade organized by Sayonara Nuclear Power Plants (Farewell to Nuclear Power Plants) Mitaka Action, June 17, 2012