11 Mar 2021

Ten Years On: The People of Fukushima are Still Suffering

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Fukushima FlagToday we remember the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. The catastrophe at Fukushima, its tragic human impact, and its devastating environmental consequences must not be forgotten - and its lessons must be learnt.

Advocates of nuclear claim the industry is safe but as the meltdown at Fukushima’s three reactors showed, even a single accident can be catastrophic.

Tens of thousands of people remain displaced from their homes. Greenpeace has recently warned that those returning are experiencing unsafe levels of radiation. And the Japanese government is planning to release one million tonnes of contaminated radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean.

Dirty, Dangerous, Expensive

In the decade following Fukushima, a number of countries including industrial powers like Germany have dramatically cut their dependence on nuclear power. The question is, if some of the largest and wealthiest countries in the world have learnt the lessons of Fukushima, why can’t Britain?

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