Who Cares? Helen Caldicott and Kate Orff in Conversation

Helen Caldicott and Kate OrffOn 2 April, Columbia University hosted a cross-disciplinary dialogue on energy, environmental health, landscape, and care between physician and anti-nuclear activist Helen Caldicott and Urban Landscape Lab Director Kate Orff.

Caldicott continues to challenge notions that nuclear power is the answer to global warming today. This event takes inspiration from her work, as well as Richard Misrach’s and Kate Orff’s collaborative publication Petrochemical America, a photographic and graphic investigation of the cultural, physical, and economic ecologies of a 150-mile stretch of the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge to New Orleans known as “Cancer Alley.”

How do demands for energy and economic efficiency affect population health? By caring for the planet and its people in different ways, what can doctors and designers learn from each other? Click here to view the video.

4 Responses to Who Cares? Helen Caldicott and Kate Orff in Conversation

  1. Joan Manning 9 September 2012 at 12:35 am #

    Right after the bombs were dropped, Americans were told what a great benefit nuclear energy would be. After about a decade we began to realize that the bombs were becoming more lethal and that the benefits, if any, were problematic. I took a photo of an atomic bomb blast at the Nevada test site during the 50s. It’s my reminder of how naive we were.

  2. Rick 26 June 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    Excellent and valuable article and comments. Read more at FukushimaForum.info

  3. 1of7billion 21 June 2012 at 5:24 am #

    Thank you Helen.

    Until I heard you speak of Halliburton like the many had no idea. Once informed doing a simple search for ‘halliburton australia nuke dump rail line’ was quite revealing. Yucca Mountain and accountability moving to OZ?

    Given the nuke industry is not clean, not green, not safe, not cheap, one has to conclude it is nothing more than a global suicidal organization. Global MSM call that terrorism do they not?

    Not surprising then we have increased USA troops in the north. Would take thousands to protect that rail line and only if it were your intention to do so with competence in the first place.

    Fear is violence and as a kid of the sixties I remember how profound an effect the ever present M.A.D. threat had on all our lives. I’ve read reports where people have set them selves a lite through fear life is not worth living under sociopath nuke industry rule. As some one is now successfully treated for serious depression I gotta wonder how many cases globally are triggered by the idea on our current path for humanity is doomed.

    Planting inevitable accidents come black flag opp or genuine attack in heart of OZ is an act of total disregard for all life in OZ.

    Rob Alan.


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