Today in Hobart Greens Alderman Bill Harvey organised a gathering in rememberence of the triple disaster in Japan which occurred one year ago Sunday. The gathering started with a minutes silence for the victims of the magnitude 9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami of March 11, 2011; and for the nuclear crisis which continued for basically the whole of 2011 and has only recently reached the relatively safe status of cold-shutdown.
Tasmanian Greens MP Cassy O’Connor spoke, emphasising the Greens opposition to the Nuclear Industry, and reminded those gathered that while Australia itself doesn’t rely on nuclear power, Australian uranium was in fact used at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant and therefore Australia does play a significant role in the global nuclear industry.
Gerry McGushin, from the Medical Association for the Prevention of War also spoke, outlining the terrible human health consequences of nuclear accidents such as Fukushima.
Thanks Bill for organising this event. We will be visiting Fukushima again this June, it will be interesting to see how the situation has changed since our last visit in July 2011.