The single most articulate and passionate advocate of citizen action to remedy the nuclear and environmental crises, Dr Helen Caldicott, has devoted the last forty two years to an international campaign to educate the public about the medical hazards of the nuclear age and the necessary changes in human behavior to stop environmental destruction.

Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1938, Dr Caldicott received her medical degree from the University of Adelaide Medical School in 1961. She founded the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at the Adelaide Children’s Hospital in 1975 and subsequently was an instructor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and on the staff of the Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Boston, Mass., until 1980 when she resigned to work full time on the prevention of nuclear war.

In 1971, Dr Caldicott played a major role in Australia’s opposition to French atmospheric nuclear testing in the Pacific; in 1975 she worked with the Australian trade unions to educate their members about the medical dangers of the nuclear fuel cycle, with particular reference to uranium mining.

While living in the United States from 1977 to 1986, she played a major role in re-invigorating as President,    Physicians for Social Responsibility, an organization of 23,000 doctors committed to educating their colleagues about the dangers of nuclear power, nuclear weapons and nuclear war. On trips abroad she helped start similar medical organizations in many other countries. The international umbrella group (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War) won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985. She also founded the Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament (WAND) in the US in 1980.

Returning to Australia in 1987, Dr Caldicott ran for Federal Parliament as an independent. Defeating Charles Blunt, leader of the National Party, through preferential voting she ultimately lost the election by 600 votes out of 70,000 cast.

She moved back to the United States in 1995, where she lectured at the New School for Social Research on the Media, Global Politics and the Environment; hosted a weekly radio talk show on WBAI (Pacifica)in New York; and was  the Founding President of the STAR (Standing for Truth About Radiation) Foundation on Long Island.

Dr Caldicott has received many prizes and awards for her work, including the Lannan Foundation’s 2003 Prize for Cultural Freedom and twenty one  honorary doctoral degrees. She was personally nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Linus Pauling – himself a Nobel Laureate. The Smithsonian has named Dr Caldicott as one of the most influential women of the 20th Century. She has written for numerous publications and has authored seven books, Nuclear Madness (1978 and 1994 WW Norton) , Missile Envy (1984 William Morrow, 1985 Bantam, 1986 Bantam) , If You Love This Planet: A Plan to Heal the Earth (1992, W.W. Norton);  A Desperate Passion: An Autobiography (1996, W.W. Norton; published as A Passionate Life in Australia by Random House);The New Nuclear Danger: George Bush’s Military Industrial Complex (2001, The New Press in the US, UK and UK; Scribe Publishing in Australia and New Zealand; Lemniscaat Publishers in The Netherlands; and Hugendubel Verlag in Germany); Nuclear Power is Not the Answer (2006, The New Press in the US, UK and UK; Melbourne University Press in AustraliaWar In Heaven  (The New Press 2007);  revised and updated If You Love This Planet (March 2009); and Loving This Planet (The New Press; 2013).

She also has been the subject of several films, including Eight Minutes to Midnight, nominated for an Academy Award in 1981, If You Love This Planet, which won the Academy Award for best documentary in 1982, and Helen’s War: Portrait of a Dissident, recipient of the Australian Film Institute Awards for Best Direction (Documentary) 2004, and the Sydney Film Festival Dendy Award for Best Documentary in 2004.

Dr Caldicott currently divides her time between Australia and the US where she lectures widely. In year 2001, she founded the US-based Nuclear Policy Research Institute (NPRI), which became  Beyond Nuclear. Currently, Dr Caldicott is President of The Helen CaldicottFoundation/NuclearFreePlanet.org, which  initiates symposiums and other educational projects  to inform the public and the media  of the dangers of nuclear power and weapons. The mission of the Foundation is education to action, and the promotion of a nuclear-energy and weapons-free, renewable energy powered, world.

The Foundation’s  most recent symposium, co-sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility was held at the New York Academy of Medicine in March 2013, 2013.  It was entitled The Medical and Environmental Consequences of Fukushima helencaldicottfoundation.org, download at http://www.totalwebcasting.com/view/?id=hcf.

A book – Crisis Without End — emanating from the conference proceedings and edited by Dr. Caldicott will be published by The New Press in the Spring of 2014.

From 2010 to 2013  Dr Caldicott hosted  a weekly radio show If You Love This Planet which aired on many community and other public radio stations internationally.  From 2007 to 2009 she was  also a member  of the International Scientific Advisory Board convened by  José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, the then  Prime Minister of Spain.

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Pope Francis Calls Nuclear Power Plants a Modern-Day Tower of Babel

In an audience with Japanese Bishops, Pope Francis had criticized nuclear power by comparing it with the Tower of Babel, as reported by Takeo Okada, the Archbishop of Tokyo. When human beings attempted to reach heaven they triggered their own destruction. “Human beings should not break the natural laws set by God,” the Pope said. […]

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The Myth of the Peaceful Atom

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Into Eternity

Into Eternity – A Film for the Future

“Once upon a time, man learned to master fire. Something no other living creature had done before him. Man conquered the entire world. One day he found a new fire. A fire so powerful that it could never be extinguished. Man reveled in the thought that he now possessed the powers of the universe. Then […]

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Breast Cancer and Nuclear Sites

by Dr. Chris Busby, CounterPunch, May 19 2015 Do nuclear sites cause increases in cancer in those living nearby? This is the question which has always been the key to stopping the development of nuclear energy. For if the answer is Yes, the laws would cut in; human rights would cut in. Check Mate. The […]

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The Hashtag Crusaders

By Mike Seccombe, The Saturday Paper, May 9 2015 Since she first set out on a course of social activism well over four decades ago, Helen Caldicott’s dedication to the anti-nuclear cause has taken her to some unusual places. Perhaps no twist in her journey, though, was more unexpected than the one that took her […]

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How the Senate Armed Services Committee is Undermining Minsk II

By James Carden, The Nation, April 30, 2015 On April 28 three European foreign ministers—Serbia’s Ivica Dačić, Germany’s Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Switzerland’s Didier Burkhalter—met in their capacities as members of the OSCE’s Ministerial Troika to discuss the latest developments in eastern Ukraine. According to the OSCE, the foreign ministers “reiterated that [the Ukraine] crisis can […]

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Nuclear War from a Cosmic Perspective

Max Tegmark, Dept. of Physics & MIT Kavli Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139 (Dated: May 4, 2015) Based on my talk at the symposium The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction held February 28–March 1 2015 at The New York Academy of Medicine: http://totalwebcasting.com/view/?id=hcf I discuss the impact of computer progress on nuclear […]

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Nuclear Risks – Accidental Nuclear War

Presentation to Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference, 1 May 2015 John Hallam, People for Nuclear Disarmament / Human Survival Project I have six minutes. Six minutes is around the same time that a commander of missile forces, a defense minister, or a President, has to decide, after a 30 second briefing (for the US President) […]

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Sign the World Uranium Symposium Declaration

Québec, 22 April 2015 – On Earth Day today, international delegates from five continents signed the Declaration of the World Uranium Symposium, calling on all nations to put an end to the mining and use of uranium, the first link in the nuclear fuel chain for both civilian and military uses. Some 300 experts, members […]

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Preserving the Future

Dr. Helen Caldicott delivered the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s 14th Annual Frank K. Kelly Lecture on Humanity’s Future on March 5, 2015 in Santa Barbara, California. For more information, visit www.wagingpeace.org.

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How Violence in Ukraine Could Lead to Nuclear Disaster

By Stanley Heller, Truthdig, Mar 21, 2015 Do you know about the maps that traumatized the baby-boom generation? In the ’50s and ’60s, the civil defense authorities in the United States made maps showing the effect of a nuclear bomb blast on a city. In the illustrations, there would be a central core representing the […]

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Symposium Summary

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Solartopia Green Power And Wellness Hour

Harvey Wasserman’s Green Power Wellness Show on the Progressive Radio Network embraces “views with a Solartopian vision of the people’s politics, ecology, holistic health and much more.” Dr. Caldicott was interviewed by Harvey Wasserman for his podcast Solartopia Green Power And Wellness Hour on 17 February 2015. “Helen begins with a disturbing discussion of actions […]

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Radio Ecoshock

Alex Smith interviewed Dr. Caldicott for this one hour weekly program on 10 February 2015. In Spring of 2012 the show was broadcast by 60 college and community stations, in the United States and Canada, plus one commercial station (KNEW 960 San Francisco). In the UK, Radio Ecoshock plays on Resonance FM, London. Radio Ecoshock […]

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Survival Sunday 1979

This is the third of six reels of airchecks from the live performance and broadcast of Survival Sunday, a “no nukes” rally held at the Hollywood Bowl on June 10, 1979. This reel contains: Dr. Helen Caldicott (3:21-3:33); Joan Baez (3:33-3:47); announcements (4:15); Graham Nash (4:15-4:34). Your browser does not support the audio element. As […]

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nuclear-news Symposium Special

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NYT is Lost in Its Ukraine Propaganda

Robert Parry is one of the speakers at the Symposium: The Dynamics of Possible Nuclear Extinction on February 28 to March 1 in New York City. Here he writes about the New York Times’ false narrative of the Ukraine crisis. In late February, a conference is scheduled in New York City to discuss the risk of […]

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The Medical Implications of the Nuclear Age

The Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is hosting a seminar and book signing by Dr Caldicott on Friday February 27 2015. 1:30 P.M. – Alampi Room Marine Sciences Bldg., 71 Dudley Road, New Brunswick, NJ Refreshments served at 1:15 pm Host: Prof. Alan Robock, robock@envsci.rutgers.edu, 848-932-5751 Website: Environmental […]

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Symposium Pre-Registration

A unique, two-day symposium at which an international panel of leading experts in disarmament, political science, existential risk, artificial intelligence, anthropology, medicine, nuclear weapons and other nuclear issues will be held at The New York Academy of Medicine on Feb 28- March 1, 2015. The public is welcome. A project of The Helen Caldicott Foundation […]

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Top Anti-Nuclear Authorities to Convene in New York City

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Techno-Utopianism and the Fate of the Earth

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 […]

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Review: Crisis Without End

EDITOR, HELEN CALDICOTT THE NEW PRESS, $21.99 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 […]

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Sayre Speaks: Helen Caldicott’s New Nuclear Dangers

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 […]

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Activist: ‘Don’t Believe Anything The Nuclear Industry Says’

By John O’Brien, KUOW.org, October 23 2014 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 […]

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Medical expert testifies in trial of Pilgrim nuke plant activists

By Christine Leger, Cape Cod Times, October 23, 2014 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 […]

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Judge snubs expert at Pilgrim trial

By Christine Legere, Cape Cod Times, October 18, 2014 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 […]

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Conversations with Great Minds

In tonight’s “Conversations with Great Minds” Thom Hartmann talks with Anti-Nuclear Advocate Dr. Helen Caldicott, author of the new book “Crisis Without End: The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe.”

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U.S., Russia, Go On Hair-Trigger Alert

By Sherwood Ross, OpEdNews.com, 10 October 2014 For the first time since the Cold War, Russia and the United States are confronting each other militarily and have their nuclear arsenals on hair-trigger alert, peace activist and Nobel Prize nominee Dr. Helen Caldicott warns. In a speech to the National Press Club, Washington, D.C., Dr. Caldicott, […]

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From Nuclear Freeze to Global Warming – and Back

By Teresa Tritch, New York Times, September 23, 2014 In June 1982, up to a million demonstrators gathered in Central Park calling for a nuclear freeze. They were protesting the Reagan-era nuclear arms buildup and other developments they saw, not unreasonably, as a threat to civilization and to life on Earth, including talk by some […]

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NATO’s Urgent Challenges

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD, SEPT. 2, 2014 More than anyone, President Vladimir Putin of Russia has set the agenda for NATO’s 65th summit meeting this week, which could well be the most consequential since the Cold War ended. Early this year, the alliance was deep into one of its periodic assessments about the future as […]

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Australia sleepwalks towards a dangerous nuclear future

An informed democracy will behave in a responsible fashion, says Dr Helen Caldicott, however as we sleepwalk towards embracing nuclear energy, most Australians are not aware of the dangers and have forgotten the history. THE Australian anti-nuclear movement started in Adelaide in 1971 when fallout from French atmospheric nuclear tests polluted Adelaide’s water supply. People were […]

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Small Modular Reactors

Now that the “nuclear renaissance” is dead following the Fukushima catastrophe, when one sixth of the world’s nuclear reactors closed, the nuclear corporations — Toshiba, Nu-Scale, Babcock and Wilcox, GE Hitachi, General Atomics, and the Tennessee Valley Authority — will not accept defeat. Their new strategy is to develop small modular reactors (SMRs), allegedly free […]

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Fukushima Disaster Will Never End, Dr. Caldicott Warns

by Sherwood Ross, OpEdNews The Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown disaster “is not over and will never end,” warns Dr. Helen Caldicott, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and holder of 21 honorary doctorate degrees. “Radioactive fallout which remains toxic for hundreds to thousands of years covers large areas of Japan and will never be ‘cleaned up,’” asserts […]

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Thorium

There is an extraordinary push by certain individuals to extol the wonders of thorium-fueled nuclear reactors. In fact, so concerted is this push that some blame me for preventing the ongoing expansion of such technology. So here are the facts about thorium for those who are interested. The U.S. tried for 50 years to create […]

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The impact of the nuclear crisis on global health

By Helen Caldicott, Volume 4, Issue 2 2014, Australian Medical Student Journal Due to my personal concerns regarding the ignorance of the world’s media and politicians about radiation biology after the dreadful accident at Fukushima in Japan, I organized a 2 day symposium at the NY Academy of Medicine on March 11 and 12, 2013, […]

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Cancer Risk To Young Children Near Fukushima Daiichi Underestimated

from Fairewinds Energy Education As the three year anniversary of the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi just passed, our minds have been on the health of the Japanese people, in particular the children. This week’s film is a reissue of a film we released last year featuring Ian Goddard and Fairewinds’ Arnie Gundersen discussing the […]

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Speaking Schedule in Japan, March 2014

Dr. Helen Caldicott March 6, 2014 (Thursday), 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Sakai Shimin Kaikan, Sakai City (in Osaka) Dr. Helen Caldicott, together with Koide Hiroaki of Kyoto University March 8, 2014 (Saturday), 2 p.m. (Doors open at 1 p.m.) KBS Culture Hall, Kyoto Dr Helen Caldicott March 13, 2014 (Thursday), 1:30 p.m. […]

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Great Barrier Reef on brink of devastation in relentless quest for coal

The Queensland and federal governments’ mining push is a catastrophe in the making, write Helen Caldicott and Reese Halter. The Age, February 4, 2014 The rampant destruction of the Great Barrier Reef, given the green light last Friday by the federal government, epitomises the values of our modern world. “Economic development” and “jobs” reign supreme while […]

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Anti-Nuke Activist Helen Caldicott Speaking at U.S. Premiere of Fallout

By David Robb, Hollywood Today, 2013/11/3 Australian documentary Fallout about the making of the 1950s Gregory Peck film On the Beach and book of the same name is part of the invitation-only Kat Kramer screening series, premieres on November 13th at the Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood. “On The Beach was a pivotal event in my life, both reading the book and […]

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Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox

“Use your head, Cindy” Dr. Helen Caldicott on Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox (PODCAST 11/03/13) Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox hosted a community conference call with Dr. Caldicott who called in from Australia to share her knowledge and wisdom with us. Cindy Sheehan and the Soapbox have been calling for a comprehensive and energetic response to the disaster at Fukushima […]

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Radiation Fears Are Real

To the Editor, New York Times: Re “Taming Radiation Fears” (Op-Ed, Oct. 22): David Ropeik, a specialist on risk perception and risk communication, plays down the mass of scientific and medical literature that amply demonstrates that ionizing radiation is a potent carcinogen and that no dose is low enough not to induce cancer. Large areas […]

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Don’t endanger people ‘Into Eternity’

Frances Lamberts, 29 Oct 2013, Herald & Tribune For a recently published book, Dr. Helen Caldicott interviewed the Danish director of a documentary about the Onkalo repository in Finland, which is to “hide” the spent-fuel waste from that country’s nuclear power plants. Titled, “Into Eternity,” the film details the bunker-like underground structure, begun in 2004, whose […]

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Latham addresses climate change at Bermagui

“Global warming is the issue that can change everything – we know this from the irrational right-wing response to climate change,” according to former ALP leader Mark Latham. Mr Latham was speaking to a big, sell-out public dinner hosted by the Bermagui Institute last month. “The Industrial Revolution created two pervasive institutions: market based capitalism […]

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Dr. Helen Caldicott Talks Bluntly About Fukushima

By Susie Madrak, Crooks & Liars, 30 September 2013 Nicole Sandler interviewed Dr. Helen Caldicott this morning about what’s going on at Fukushima. She tells Sandler Units 1, 2 and 3 have indeed melted down, possibly through the steel core and into the earth, and that reactor No. 4 is “on a knife edge.” She […]

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