Remember Fukushima: No to Nuclear Power In UK, Japan or Worldwide

There will be a series of events in London marking the 3rd anniversary of the Fukushima disaster on 11th March 2011. We hope you'll be able to join us for some or all of these events to say no to new nuclear in Britain and to commemorate those whose lives have been affected by the ongoing disaster in Japan.

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.’

Candle-lit Vigil
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.

Who are we?

  • we go on peace protests - staying at youth hostels where possible and
    making a weekend of it, rather than getting up at an unreasonable hour to go
    on the coach (pics of Fylingdales and Aldermaston)

  • go on London demonstrations - meeting under the clock at Charing Cross
    before the demo

  • have a stall at Lewisham Peoples Day

  • support Lewisham Peace Justice Solidarity

  • major campaigns on "No replacement for Trident", "Troops out of
    Afghanistan", "No attack upon Iran"

  • regular street leafleting in Lewisham, Greenwich and Blackheath

  • public meetings once or twice a year - past meeting on "Peace Tax
    Campaign", "Israeli attack on Gaza", "Keep space for Peace", "What's
    happening in Afghanistan"

  • Christmas party and film (past films include "All quite on the Western
    Front", "Canadian Bacon", "Matinee", "Dr Strangelove")

  • Support events organized by Sydenham and Forest Hill CND and Beckenham and
    Bromley CND - especially Remembrance Sunday "White Poppy" ceremony in Bromley

  • Member of London Region CND - support the monthly "No to Trident" vigil in
    Parliament Square organized by LRCND - first Tuesday of the month - 5 till 7pm

  • Presented a ceramic "peace crane" to the Mayor of Lewisham, to mark
    Lewisham joining "Mayors for Peace"