We have only one earth
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.
The consequences of uranium mining became visible in all their drama for the first time during the so-called "World Uranium Hearing" in Salzburg in 1992. On 13 September 2022, a commemorative event took place in Salzburg. The organisers Claus Biegert and the Leopold Kohr® Academy Salzburg looked back on what had been achieved and at the same time wanted to show what still needs to be done.
We could not have imagined the shelling of nuclear power plants and the open threat to use nuclear weapons a few weeks ago. The war in Ukraine is a terrible reminder that we must continue to work tirelessly to end the nuclear age. Read what the Nuclear Free Future Foundation is doing or has done this year or last year.
The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2021, published on September 28, shows very clearly: nuclear power is becoming less and less important. In 2020, nuclear power generation plunged by un an unprecedented margin (>100 TWh), except for the immediate aftermath of the Fukushima events (2011–12), while operational nuclear capacity has reached a new peak in mid-2021. More capacity, less output.
In February 2021 the French nuclear company Framatome announced plans to create a Joint Venture with the Russian nuclear company Rosatom in Lingen (Emsland, Lower Saxony, Germany) in order to produce nuclear fuel rods. In Lingen the only nuclear fuel production facility in Germany is in operation. It delivers nuclear fuel to high risk reactors in Belgium, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Spain, Sweden and Finnland. Framatome is a subsidiary of the nearly entirely state-owned French nuclear company EdF. Rosatom is state-owned in Russia – in Lingen its subsidiary TVEL is tasked to get active.
On 11 March 2011, a tsunami caused a meltdown in units 1, 2 and 3 of the Fukushima nuclear power plant. According to the Japanese supervisory authority, mainly iodine-131 and caesium-137 were released, with the radioactive load being about one tenth of the amount released in Chernobyl. Millions were able to follow the path the radioactive cloud took. Fukushima - and Chernobyl as early as 1986 - have shown the world the catastrophic potential of nuclear power.
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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