2019 Visionary Leaders Awards

Physicians for Social Responsibility is delighted to host the Visionary Leaders Awards Reception, on Thursday, November 7th, 2019 in Washington, DC.

The Visionary Leaders Awards, now in its fourth year, recognizes individuals and/or organizations for their exemplary efforts in advancing nuclear weapons abolition and/or addressing environmental risks to human health, including the catastrophic consequences caused by climate change, through collaborations that strengthen the PSR mission.



Dr. Helen Caldicott – Lifetime Achievement Award

Marylia Kelley

Kelly Campbell and Regna Merritt

Sunrise Movement

Read about the awardees here.


Thursday, November 7, 2019

2:00 – 4:00 pm: Visionary Leaders Symposium (free – registration required)
Hemisphere Suite, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
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6:00 – 9:00 pm: Visionary Leaders Awards Reception
Pavilion Room, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
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An Interview with Dr. Helen Caldicott, 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Physicians for Social Responsibility, 19 Sep 2019

This year at the 2019 PSR Visionary Leaders Awards, we are honoring outstanding contributions to the advancement of nuclear weapons abolition and addressing environmental hazards to health, including the climate crisis. 

Dr. Helen Caldicott, a past PSR president and highly influential advocate who played a pivotal role in PSR’s work for many years, will be honored with PSR’s distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award. 

PSR interviewed Dr. Caldicott about how she came to do this work, what inspires her, and her advice for young people just starting to get involved in advocacy.

Q: What first drew you to this type of work?

I read On The Beach by an Australian, Nevil Shute, when I was a teenager, which was about a... read more

Bolton's Fall Revives Hopes To Save New START

UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 17th September, 2019

President Donald Trump‘s decision to fire National Security Adviser John Bolton revives hopes for improved Russia-US ties and for saving the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), anti-nuclear war activist Helen Caldicott told Sputnik.

Last week, Trump via Twitter fired Bolton, his third national security adviser in less than three years, due to disagreements over a range of US foreign policy issues related to North KoreaVenezuelaCuba, among others.

“I think without Bolton there will… evolve better relationships with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, and I hope the new... read more

Small modular reactors — same nuclear disasters

Helen Caldicott, Independent Australia, 9 September 2019

The Morrison Government has opened the door to the notion of nuclear power as peddled by the nuclear sociopaths.

Now that the “nuclear renaissance” seems dead and buried following the Fukushima catastrophe (one-sixth of the world’s nuclear reactors were closed after the accident), the corporations invested in making nuclear plants and radioactive waste –including Toshiba, Nu-Scale, Babcock and Wilcox, GE Hitachi, General Atomics and the Tennessee Valley Authority – are not to be defeated.

Their new strategy is to develop small modular reactors (SMR), which can be sold around the world without, they say, the dangers inherent in large reactors — safety, cost, proliferation risks and radioactive waste.

There are basically three types of SMRs which generate less than 300 megawatts of electricity compared... read more

New nuclear power proposal needs public debate

Helen Caldicott, Independent Australia, 4 September 2019

The prospect of thorium being introduced into Australia’s energy arrangements should be subjected to significant scrutiny, writes Helen Caldicott.

AS AUSTRALIA is grappling with the notion of introducing nuclear power into the country, it seems imperative the general public understand the intricacies of these technologies so they can make informed decisions. Thorium reactors are amongst those being suggested at this time.

The U.S. tried for 50 years to create thorium reactors, without success. Four commercial thorium reactors were constructed, all of which failed. And because of the complexity of problems listed below, thorium reactors are far more expensive than uranium fueled reactors.

The longstanding effort to produce these reactors cost the U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars, while billions more dollars are... read more

How doctors convinced the world the planet was worth fighting for

James Dunk, The Conversation, 26 August 2019

Last week, one of the world’s leading medical journals declared the medical community must act now to limit the health effects of climate change.

In a stark editorial, readers of the New England Journal of Medicine were reminded that hospitals, even airconditioned and sterilised, are not protected from “the environmental chaos unfolding outside”.

The effects of climate change are “frighteningly broad”, the editorial continued, including risks to medical supply chains, health infrastructure and all aspects of human health.

The special issue represents an important new focus for the journal and for the medical community: protecting human health in a changing climate calls for urgent, dramatic climate action.

Our contribution shows how doctors have taken up planetary-scale issues in the past, and helped shift... read more

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