45 leading scholars, authors and activists convened at The Great Hall of Cooper Union, New York City, on October 25-26, 2014, for the symposium: “Techno-Utopianism and the Fate of the Earth.” Speakers discussed the profound impacts—environmental, economic and social—of runaway technological expansionism and cyber immersion; the tendency to see technology as the savior for all problems.
There are four videos in total. The first, above, is the introduction by Koohan Paik, titled “For the Good of Mankind” — Nukes, Drones and Robots”. The second, immediately below, is the presentation by Dr. Caldicott, “Hiroshima, Fukushima & Beyond”. The third video is of the presentation by Neisen Laukon, “Present at the Birth”. The fourth video is of Bruce Gagnon’s presentation, “Space Tech... read more
The worst-case scenario following the Fukushima meltdown – evacuating everybody within a 250-kilometre radius of the site (including Tokyo’s 50 million inhabitants), almost came to pass.
And that’s not the opinion of a scientist with a point to make, it’s Naoto Kan, former Japanese Prime Minister and now anti-nuclear advocate.
This collection of 20 essays on both the disaster (far worse than Chernobyl) and the dangers of nuclear energy contains some startling facts. The sheer volume of radio-activity released into the atmosphere after Fukushima was 500 times higher than Hiroshima.
The media and politicians, says Helen Caldicott, showed “woeful ignorance” of radiation. She organised a symposium in New York in 2013 and this is the outcome. The essays... read more
by Sayre Sheldon, WAND President Emerita and Founder, October 8, 2014
On September 20, 2014 I went to the City Hall of Newton, MA to hear Dr. Helen Caldicott speak at a program called “Facing Our Nuclear Responsibilities,” wondering what new things I could learn.
The hall was bravely decorated with posters and set up with booths for giving out materials from the twenty sponsoring groups.
The chief sponsors were Newton Dialogues on Peace and War along with the city of Newton which is an active member of Mayors for Peace. The crowd of about a hundred was, as I expected, a fairly elderly but certainly enthusiastic one with many familiar faces.
I sat looking at a blown-up poster of Helen’s original map of what one... read more
On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami crippled Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Physician and anti-nuclear activist Dr. Helen Caldicott calls into question reporting about that event and its aftermath. Her frank assessment of the people who control nuclear power: “Don’t believe anything the nuclear industry says, because they lie.”
What are the effects of the Fukushima meltdowns? In 2013, in response to concerns that media and policy makers were ignoring the impacts, a panel of scientists, engineers and policy experts met in New York to review the aftermath of the disaster.
It’s not safe to live on Cape Cod, according to an internationally known expert on the medical and environmental dangers of nuclear power.
During the final day of the trespassing trial of four anti-nuclear activists from the Cape, Dr. Helen Caldicott testified that it isn’t simply the potential for a major nuclear meltdown at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station that should have people worried. Cancer-causing chemicals are constantly escaping from the reactor into the air and water, she said.
“If I had young children, I would not live on the Cape,” said Caldicott, a doctor who taught pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and was on staff at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston. “And if... read more
A Plymouth District Court judge barred an internationally known expert on the medical and environmental dangers of nuclear power from testifying Friday on behalf of four Cape Cod activists charged with trespassing onto the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station’s property on Mother’s Day.
Dr. Helen Caldicott had traveled from Australia to serve as the principal expert witness at the trial of the alleged trespassers, who argue that their actions of civil disobedience were performed for a greater good.
Defendants Diane Turco of Harwich, Sarah Thacher of East Dennis, Mary Conathan of Chatham and Susan Carpenter of South Dennis are using the “necessity” defense, which requires their attorney to prove there was an immediate danger and the action of... read more