I was once in the camp that listed the following arguments for nuclear energy:
- It is the least evil energy source commercially available today.
- France gets 70% of its electricity from nuclear and they do a good job of keeping it safe.
- The 3 mile island accident in 1979 was completely contained and was due to human error.
- The Chernobyl disaster was due to a flawed reactor design combined with incompetence and sabotage.
- While the waste of nuclear is nasty and has enormous half-lives, new breeder reactors reduce it dramatically.
In light of the Japanese disaster, nuclear energy is clearly not worth the risk of irradiating the entire planet, our food supply and permanently damaging our DNA. Let’s help the Japanese people and put nuclear energy into the dust-bin of history with this up-coming benefit.
April 11th is the one-month anniversary of the devastating earthquake-tsunami-nuclear-plant disaster in Japan. On this night at the Sala Rossa, Japanese musical artists Emi Honda, Maya Kuroki and Yuki Isami have organized a fundraising event to aid evacuees and the recovery of the area. More than 250,000 people had to evacuate their homes, and many of them lost everything from their lives. The rebuilding of damaged towns and fields is expected to be an ongoing effort for years. So many countries are already trying to help them and sending a lot of donations. All Japanese people are deeply grateful for the world’s support.
The aim of this event is to raise money for the recovery of northeastern Japan and to reconsider the role of nuclear energy in modern society, given its proven disastrous potential. The leaking Fukushima Daichii reactors are a few of 431 nuclear energy reactors in 29 countries. There are 18 in Canada alone (IAEA, Nuclear Technology Review 2010). Are we prepared to face the consequences when events such as this occur? There are many potential angles to this topic, many relating to the lifestyles we choose. We are sincerely hoping this event will serve as a forum for such discussion and all viewpoints are welcome.
Lineup for “REACTOR”
? Tamamushi /Maya Kuroki(Dynamo Coleoptera) +Tomomi Morimoto+Alexis Farand+Martin Gauthier
? Elfin Saddle
? Yuki Isami + Reiko Yamada(composer) + Keiko Devaux
? Aya Aikawa
? Monday Night Choir / 20+ members multi-language singing group lead by Dina Cindric
? Talk/ Discussion with Sebastian Weissenberger (Institute of sciences of the environment, UQAM) and Pierre Jasmin (President, Les Artistes pour la paix). Interview by Geeta Nadkarni/ former CBC journalist
? Short film WURLD by Elfin Saddle
? Raffle tickets / Gifts from local eco-friendly businesses
Constellation Records (record label)
Alfalfa (organic grocery store in Jean-Talon market)
Phonopolis (used record store on rue Bernard)
? “Ideas for Life” : Art & Craft & Baking sale and display
This event is Pay What You Can (suggested $10), or $20/person donation and receive a raffle ticket.
All profits will be donated to Red Cross Japan to help evacuees and the general recovery of the area.Monday, April 11 at 6:30pm - April 12 at 12:00am Location La Sala Rossa 4848 Boulevard Saint-Laurent