We have only one earth
The French energy corporation Framatome operates the German nuclear fuel facility in Lingen through its subsidiary Advanced Nuclear Fuels. Two years ago, the state-owned French energy company EDF attempted to collaborate with the similarly state-owned Russian nuclear energy group Rosatom in a joint fuel element production venture, but those plans were scuttled following the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Framatome launched this joint venture in France, but still intends to produce fuel elements for Soviet-designed nuclear power plants in Lingen, Eastern Germany, with Russian help. Franza Drechsel and Horst Hamm spoke with scientist Vladimir Slivyak and anti-nuclear campaigner Matthias Eickhoff about why French state-owned companies are enriching Russian uranium on German soil and what implications it has for the environment, the energy grid, and European geopolitics.
The Nuclear Free Future Awards will be continued in cooperation with Claus Biegert, co-founder of the NFFA, Beyond Nuclear (USA) and IPPNW (DE).
Turkey's first nuclear power plant is due to be connected to the grid soon. We asked Özgür Gürbüz, co-founder of the Turkish environmental protection organization Ekosfer, how the Turkish public perceives the entry into the nuclear age.
Interview: Horst Hamm
When reforming the electricity market in Europe, the EU Council of Ministers decided that new and existing nuclear power plants may be subsidized by the state. Anti-nuclear activists in France are protesting against this decision. They are now hoping that the EU Parliament will stop the plans.
Anthony Lyamunda from Tanzania, Libbe HaLevy from the USA, Cécile Lecomte from France and Malte Göttsche and Irmgard Gietl, both from Germany, were awarded the Nuclear Free Future Award last year. You can meet the award winners in a Zoom meeting.
Almoustapha Alhacen on the situation of uranium mining after the military coup in July 2023.
Interview: Franza Drechsel and Horst Hamm
August 6 marks the 78th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The organization Humanity for Peace calls on anti-nuclear initiatives and peace groups to participate in the worldwide peace action.
Prizes were awarded at the 12th International Uranium Film Festival in Rio on May 28. The three main prizes went to Sweden, the USA and Serbia.
Anthony Lyamunda from Tanzania, Libbe HaLevy from the USA, Cécile Lecomte from France and Malte Göttsche and Irmgard Gietl, both from Germany, were awarded the Nuclear Free Future Award last year. The award winners present their work in a short film.
After the German, English, Czech, French and Italian editions, the Nuclear Free Future Foundation, together with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, the environmental foundation Greenpeace and the Turkish NGO Ekosfer, has now also realized a Turkish edition.
Data & Facts about the Raw Material of the Nuclear Age
Since 1998, the Nuclear-Free Future Award has honored people worldwide who are working for a future free of nuclear power and nuclear weapons.
The award ceremonies, which will take place annually at different locations until 2018, demonstrate the size and diversity of the global anti-nuclear movement. According to the German newspaper taz, this makes the Nuclear-Free Future Award the most important anti-nuclear prize in the world.
Anthony Lyamunda has been resisting the planned uranium mining and opening of uranium mines in his country for many years. "The Nuclear Free Future Award is intended to draw the attention of the world public to this problem," the jury said in its statement.
Malte Göttsche advocates for disarmament and the elimination of all nuclear weapons, and is looking for new ways for nuclear-weapon states to build mutual trust to achieve this goal. "This is a service to us all," the NFFF jury said. "We need the mechanisms to understand what nuclear-weapon states are doing, or not doing, if we are to have any chance of achieving the goals of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Malte Göttsche is among those paving the way for that."
"Without Cécile Lecomte's commitment, the anti-nuclear movement in Germany would be much weaker and the international dimension of uranium reprocessing would be much less known in Germany," judges the NFFF jury. "Her work is all the more remarkable because she has been seriously ill for years and is confined to a wheelchair. Her commitment to a nuclear weapons-free world is exemplary."
The Nuclear Free Future Foundation
We educate about the dangers of using nuclear technology for civilian and military purposes.
A central focus of our work is the extraction of the raw material uranium, without which nuclear bombs and nuclear power would not be possible. The second focus is directed against the nuclear armament of Europe and the world.
The Nuclear Free Future Foundation