The consequences of uranium mining became visible in all their drama for the first time during the so-called "World Uranium Hearing" in Salzburg in 1992. On 13 September 2022, a commemorative event took place in Salzburg. The organisers Claus Biegert and the Leopold Kohr® Academy Salzburg looked back on what had been achieved and at the same time wanted to show what still needs to be done.
We could not have imagined the shelling of nuclear power plants and the open threat to use nuclear weapons a few weeks ago. The war in Ukraine is a terrible reminder that we must continue to work tirelessly to end the nuclear age. Read what the Nuclear Free Future Foundation is doing or has done this year or last year.
The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2021, published on September 28, shows very clearly: nuclear power is becoming less and less important. In 2020, nuclear power generation plunged by un an unprecedented margin (>100 TWh), except for the immediate aftermath of the Fukushima events (2011–12), while operational nuclear capacity has reached a new peak in mid-2021. More capacity, less output.
In February 2021 the French nuclear company Framatome announced plans to create a Joint Venture with the Russian nuclear company Rosatom in Lingen (Emsland, Lower Saxony, Germany) in order to produce nuclear fuel rods. In Lingen the only nuclear fuel production facility in Germany is in operation. It delivers nuclear fuel to high risk reactors in Belgium, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Spain, Sweden and Finnland. Framatome is a subsidiary of the nearly entirely state-owned French nuclear company EdF. Rosatom is state-owned in Russia – in Lingen its subsidiary TVEL is tasked to get active.
On 11 March 2011, a tsunami caused a meltdown in units 1, 2 and 3 of the Fukushima nuclear power plant. According to the Japanese supervisory authority, mainly iodine-131 and caesium-137 were released, with the radioactive load being about one tenth of the amount released in Chernobyl. Millions were able to follow the path the radioactive cloud took. Fukushima - and Chernobyl as early as 1986 - have shown the world the catastrophic potential of nuclear power.
Anti-nuclear initiatives from North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony as well as the Federal Association of Citizens' Initiatives for Environmental Protection (BBU) and the doctors' organisation IPPNW demand an immediate end to nuclear cooperation between Germany and Russia, especially in the field of uranium enrichment and fuel element production. The reason for the urgent appeal is the violent repression against numerous demonstrations in Russia in the wake of the unlawful arrest of opposition politician Alexei Nawalny.
In early September, the Nuclear Free Future Foundation awarded US Congresswoman Deb Haaland with the Nuclear Free Future Award. The Democrat campaigns for social justice, climate protection or against uranium mining in the Bears Ears Nature Park, a National Monument of the United States. Now she has been nominated by President-elect Joe Biden as Secretary of the Interior, as reported by the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN and meanwhile several other media.
This blogpost briefly reviews the last four years of U.S. policy on international arms control. Despite the particularly aggressive approach that has been pursued by the Trump administration, we see a high degree of continuity in the general neglect of arms control and collective security. This raises questions about how to think of new ways to repair and build up new arms control structures.
By Anna-Katharina Ferl and Sascha Hach
An international jury of activists and scientists selected the winners of the Nuclear Free Future Award 2020 in the three categories resistance, education and solution – each prize is endowed with 5000 US dollars:
Category Resistance: Fedor Maryasov and Andrey Talevlin, Russia
Category Education: Felice and Jack Cohen-Joppa, USA
Category Solution: Ray Acheson, Canada/Ireland
Special Recognition: Deb Haaland, USA
Due to Corona, the Nuclear Free Future Award will be presented this year in an online dossier. At www.nuclear-free.com you will find detailed information on the prizewinners as well as photos and video clips. Webinars with the prize winners will also be offered in the next two months. Cooperation partners are Greenpeace Umweltstiftung, IPPNW Germany and Beyond Nuclear.
On Thursday, July 16, 2020, the Nuclear Free Future Foundation together with the Münchner Zukunftssalon, Beyond Nuclear, IPPNW and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation presented the English edition of the Uranium Atlas in an online event.
All those who were unable to attend live can watch the event on Youtube. Moderator: Claus Biegert (Nuclear Free Future Foundation) and Linda Gunter (Beyond Nuclear, USA). Guests: Makoma Lekalakala (Earthlife Africa, South Africa), Ian Zabarte (Speaker of the Western Shoshone Nation, Nevada, USA), Anna Rondon (Activist of the Navajo Nation, New Mexico, USA) and Sascha Hach (Peace Researcher, NFFF, Germany). Video messages from: Tina Cordova (Trinity Downwinders) and Larry King (Church Rock eyewitness). Directed by: Franza Drechsel, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.