At this time of year, we remember the anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs that killed over 400,000 people. It's important to also understand the relevance to our current global situation.
If you still dismiss nuclear power as safe, spend 1.5 hours and watch the film "The Battle of Chernobyl" on Youtube. This is a life-changing video, and highlights the fact that over 800,00 human lives were sacrificed to some degree to save the lives of countless more.
There is a reason why nuclear power is shrouded with a veil of secrecy. It is dangerous beyond comprehension.
Japan's Fukushima disaster is a testament to this horror. It's largely ignored by the media, yet still remains the world's greatest threat. The Japanese have experienced first-hand the devastation. That is why millions of Japanese are demanding a total nuclear-free future.
The nuclear saga has relevance to all of us. In Canada, we are implicit in global proliferation of nuclear technologies, including nuclear weapons.
The Bruce Power plant is the largest nuclear plant in the world. Right now, Canada plans to bury Ontario's low and medium-level nuclear waste in a 680 metre deep hole near Goderich, Ontario. The proposed Deep Geological Repository is located just 1 km from the shores of Lake Huron, and will have a design life of 500,000 years.
This is the year 2012 AD, and we recognize all of the changes that have occurred in our own lifetimes. Is this a responsible legacy to leave the next 20,000 generations? Of course not.
The repository will have provincial parks on both sides of it, sits in the middle of cottage country, and most importantly sits adjacent to Lake Huron which flow into Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.
I've submitted a letter protesting this project to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. It is too late to make additional submissions.
Please watch "Battle of Chernobyl" and visit the Ontario Clean Air Alliance website.
There's only one way to "Be The Change".
First published on Peter's personal website.