For A Green Future

19 January 2020

Dr. Helen Caldicott and Karlin Itchoak are our guests on this special episode of For A Green Future.

First Karlin talks about the Wilderness Society’s efforts to save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling. Then Dr. Helen Caldicott tells us about the fires in Australia, the nuclear freeze movement, the current threats from nuclear power and nuclear weapons, and has a few choice words for Ohio’s anti-science state legislature.

Joe DeMare and Rebecca Wood co-host and we get another letter from the future!

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Anti-nuclear campaigner Helen Caldicott alarmed at talk of nuclear power in Australia

“There’s always the risk of a meltdown like Chernobyl, Fukushima or Three Mile Island,” said Dr Caldicott, who once lived at Matcham on the Central Coast.

“Living near a reactor will subject your children and grandchildren to the risk of leukaemia and cancer.”

Despite a strong push towards renewable energy, the nuclear question continues to be asked amid concern that the transition away from fossil fuels isn’t happening fast enough to save the world from catastrophic climate change.

The nuclear debate was reignited with a parliamentary... read more

The Nuclear Threat Combined with Global Warming

Joan Cerio, host of Earth Energy Forecast, welcomes Dr. Helen Caldicott who shares with us her knowledge of nuclear weapons, nuclear disasters such as Fukushima, and global warming are threatening the existence of our planet.

Dr. Caldicott has devoted the last 42 years to an international campaign to educate the public about the medical hazards of the nuclear age and the necessary changes to human behavior to stop environmental destruction.

Earth Energy Forecast show, air date 12/17/2019.

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Our nuclear arms obsession is a countdown to extinction

By Helen Caldicott, Independent Australia, 14 December 2019

I WRITE THIS PIECE as a physician expertly trained to make accurate diagnoses to either cure the patient or to alleviate their symptoms.

I, therefore, approach the viability of life on Earth from a similar and honest perspective. Hence, for some, this may be an extremely provocative article but as the planet is in the intensive care unit, we have no time to waste and the startling truth must be accepted.

As TS Eliot wrote so long ago, ‘This is the way the world ends, not with a bang but a whimper’.

Will we gradually burn and shrivel the wondrous creation of evolution by emitting the ancient carbon stored over billions of years to drive our... read more

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

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