An Exclusive Interview with Helen Caldicott

It’s been 40 years since If You Love This Planet won the 1982 Academy Award for Best Documentary.

The film is comprised of a lecture given to students by outspoken nuclear critic Dr. Helen Caldicott, president of Physicians for Social Responsibility in the USA. Her message is clear: disarmament cannot be postponed. Archival footage of the bombing of Hiroshima and images of its survivors seven months after the attack heighten the urgency of her message.

Since it was released, the film has only grown more relevant and authoritative and, on its anniversary, Dr. Caldicott has given an exclusive interview on its context and continued relevance.

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Nuclear power plants: Health impact

Nuclear power plants are “cancer factories,” and the Philippines is better off growing its renewable energy industry, according to Helen Mary Caldicott, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee and founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility and Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament.

In this B-Side episode, she talks to reporter Alyssa Nicole O. Tan about the health risks and financial costs of pursuing nuclear energy.

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Helen Caldicott: cancers, campaigns & practicing global medicine

For Dr. Helen Caldicott’s website, go here. Specifically, information on the effects of radionuclides can be found here.
Watch Dr. Caldicott’s Academy Award winning documentary If You Love This Planet informing the world on the truth about nuclear war. Follow Physicians for Social Responsibility and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War , support ICAN – International Campaign for the Abolishment of Nuclear Weapons and follow our planet’s implementation of the U.N. TPNW – Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Follow Dr. Caldicott’s inspirations: buy Nevil Shute’s book ⁠On the Beach⁠ or Germaine Greer’s ⁠The Female... read more

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Helen Caldicott, Nils Melzer (redux)

Legendary anti-nuclear and peace activist, Helen Caldicott on the news of DU entering the Ukraine battlefield; Nils Melzer on the torture of the World’s most famous political prisoner, Julian Assange.

Welcome to Gorilla Radio, recorded April 2nd and 5th, 2023.


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Just thirty years since the fall of the USSR and end of the Cold War, the atomic Mexican stand-off between East and West is hotter than its ever been. At this moment, nervous fingers hover above buttons and toggles that once triggered mean the end of everything we know. Worse,... read more

Arguing Against Nuclear Energy: Dr. Helen Caldicott

Guest article by Dr. Helen Caldicott

As sustainability-conscious people, we know that nuclear power is just as much an enemy to our planet as climate change. But ironically, the two processes that create nuclear energy – fission and fusion – possess bone-chilling power in developing highly destructive nuclear weapons and produce vast amounts of toxic carcinogenic waste that must be isolated from the ecosphere for one million years, according to the EPA.

As a physician practicing global preventive medicine, I’ve spent much of my career studying the medical implications of both processes. Today, as our planet continues to be threatened by global... read more

Genocide and destruction of Fallujah

When President George Bush was reelected on 2 November 2004, describing it as a tragedy for the entire world, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Dr. Helen Caldicott expressed her fears that she wasn’t sure if mankind would survive another four years.

Justifying her fears only five days after his re-election, Bush bombed and incinerated the Iraqi city of Fallujah, with a population of 300,000, in November 2004. Using latest napalm bombs, poisonous gas and banned chemical weapons during the holy month of Ramadan, Bush bombed fasting Muslims who were looking... read more

Spotlight on Dr. Helen Caldicott

by WS Editors, Washington Spectator, Mar 28, 2023 

It’s been nearly 40 years since If You Love This Planet won the Academy Award for Best Short Documentary.

The film is comprised of a lecture given to students by the celebrated nuclear critic Dr. Helen Caldicott, president at the time of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

With the growing intensity of the conflict in Ukraine, and the corresponding potential for the deployment of nuclear weapons, Dr. Caldicott’s decades-old warning against the use of the atomic bomb is fresh and resonant.

Caldicott analyzes the medical and geo-physical consequences of the detonation of a modern nuclear weapon, explains why there is no surviving a nuclear war, and exposes the folly of superpower arguments on behalf... read more

Portrait and Subject

Further to our post of 3 January about her portrait by Leeanne Crisp being hung in the National Portrait Gallery, Dr. Caldicott was able to pose with the painting during a recent visit to Canberra.

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