CND’s General Secretary, Kate Hudson said:
‘Japanese officials have come clean that 160,000 people who were displaced in the wake of the disaster may never return to their homes.’
‘The area remains a wasteland, where contamination is seeping out quicker than Tepco can control it. Miles O’Brien, a science correspondent, who recently visited the site, described it as “a post-apocalyptic landscape of abandoned towns, frozen in time”. The decontamination operation – overseen by Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) – is expected to last at least 30 years.’
‘Three years on, it is both a moral obligation and a logical conclusion to heed the lessons of the Fukushima disaster. Nuclear power has shown itself to be a dirty, dangerous and expensive form of energy. Instead of subsidising nuclear power and building new reactors, we call on the British Government to get serious about renewable energy.’
‘Without a genuine commitment – shown through vastly increased funding for research, development and green energy infrastructure – this government’s superficial commitment to, in David Cameron’s words, “green crap”, is just that.’
6:00-8:00pm: Tuesday 11th March
Japanese Embassy, 101-104 Piccadilly W1J 7JT
Join members of London Region CND, Kick Nuclear and JAN for a candle-lit vigil to commemorate those affected by the disaster outside the Japanese Embassy. (Nearest tube: Green Park.)
March on Parliament and Rally
12:30pm, Saturday 15th March
Hyde Park Corner to Parliament
Meet: 12:30pm by Hyde Park Corner tube station, near the by “Hyde Park” exit.
We will march via Japanese Embassy and offices of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO – the owners of Fukushima) to Parliament.
Rally: 3:00-4:30pm at Old Palace Yard, opposite House of Lords. With fashion designer Katharine Hamnett, Samarendra Das, Fukushima evacuees. There will also be music, singing, a human chain and a die-in.