Celebrating a Nuclear Disaster 25 Years Later

Never forget Chernobyl

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We are marking 25 years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.  What have we learned?  I remember the announcement the Nuclear disaster had happened in Russia 25 years ago.  No one knew exactly how bad it would be, but that it was the worst disaster at a nuclear power plant.

Marking this disaster yesterday, we have Japan going through a similar crisis and their water, milk and food supply tainted. Farmers protested yesterday in Japan demanding that they be compensated for their loss. 

 While in Chernobyl, we saw people giving prayers for the dead.  I think, we will see prayers for the dead in Japan after the clearing of the bodies from the area around the plant, but it will be awhile until everyone is accounted for and the missing presumed dead.

Chernobyl showed us that it isn’t safe to live around a nuclear power plant, and yet we have the same issue happening in Japan.  People having to leave their homes because of the nuclear contamination.  Radiation in rain water has been detected throughout the U.S., but will we know the extent of the danger?

What will happen in 10 years, more cases of cancer will begin to show up and clusters will develop around the nuclear power plant area, and then we will know the true toll of this crisis.  It is estimated by some experts that almost one million people may have died from radiation exposure to Chernobyl over the years.  How do they really know?

I remember my paper in college on nuclear safety and how my instructor told me it was a safe method to generate power, and yet while I was doing my research, I could not find experts that agreed on that topic.  Then just a few years later, we had the Chernobyl accident.  I think my paper’s thesis was correct.  You don’t have any control over nuclear power, and it isn’t safe.

The life around the Chernobyl plant was portrayed in an article in the Los Angeles Times in  this past weekend’s edition, and it spoke about villagers committing suicide because they have no way out.  They are dying around the plant and they see no way to escape its death grip so they take their own lives.  What a sad day in our humanity to not have a solution except suicide.

The beautiful island of Japan may become similar if steps are not taken to solve this crisis now and international think tanks must look at solutions for these problems. Solar, wind and geothermal power must be considered more now than ever before.  Utilizing those resources of Mother Nature that are not harmful, but that we can actually use to sustain ourselves in a better environment.

We must learn from these disasters before we all become part of the disaster itself.

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