September 16, 2009
The Future of Uranium public consultation report released Tuesday has thrown cold water on proposals to expand the nuclear industry in Saskatchewan.
The report from consultation chair Dan Perrins says most Saskatchewan people who attended meetings and sent letters to him during the summer do not want a nuclear power plant, a nuclear waste disposal facility, or any expansion of the nuclear industry.
The Coalition for a Nuclear Free Alberta (CNFA), comprised of a number of Alberta grassroots organizations, launched its province-wide Green Ribbon campaign today to try and convince the provincial government that investing in green renewable energy sources is the right choice for meeting our future electricity needs rather than the costly and risky nuclear option being considered.
The slogan for the Green Ribbon Campaign is “A truly Green Energy Future . . . does not include nuclear power”. The campaign is meant to make Albertans aware of the merits of renewable energy such as wind, solar, small hydro and biofuels. The Coalition plans to distribute ribbons and related information across the province in a movement leading up to a mass Rally at the Legislature on October 27.
Chief Rose Laboucan of Drift Pile First Nation (Grand Chief, Lesser Slave Lake Regional Band Council): "Speaking against a nuclear power plant is one thing. We are trying to fight a system that will make decisions without long term consideration of the harm that a nuclear power plant will bring. Where I sit, I am directly down wind from the proposed nuclear power plant. We already have enough sickness, like cancer and diabetes, without adding to that. We have to speak out against it, see what other countries have had to deal with in the aftermath of the plants."
In a bid to create a decentralized electricity grid, German carmaker Volkswagen is launching thousands of mini power plants that could be installed in the basements of any residential home.
Together with clean energy provider Lichtblick, Volkswagen plans to install up to 100,000 small power plants -- able to generate heat and electricity -- in people's homes to generate enough energy to offset two nuclear power plants. Taken together, all mini plants would have a capacity of 2 GW.
The project could lure many Germans away from traditional utilities toward decentralized energy generation, which experts say will be the buzzword of tomorrow's energy mix.
The so-called at-home plants will be run by a natural gas engine based on the one that's powering the VW Golf car, marketed in North America as Rabbit.
Wind power could meet China's electricity demands through 2030 and cut carbon dioxide emissions in China by 30 percent, U.S. and Chinese researchers said on Thursday.
Wind energy accounts for just 0.4 percent of China's total current electricity supply, but the country is quickly adding capacity, trailing only the United States, Germany and Spain in existing wind farms, the scientists said.
A shipwreck that could contain nuclear waste is being investigated by authorities in Italy amid claims that it was deliberately sunk by the mafia. An informant told a judge the ship was one of a number he blew up as part of an illegal operation to bypass rules on the disposal of toxic waste.
An official said that if the samples proved to be radioactive then a search for up to 30 other sunken vessels believed scuttled by the mafia would begin immediately.
I'm organizing a flashmob event in Toronto and want to invite you to join in our action (demanding a strong climate change agreement). It’s one of hundreds of rallies taking place on Mon. September 21st all across the world, organized through 350.org and AVAAZ.
Our flashmob event is organized through a campaign I am involved in - C−Day Fill the Hill, Canada's largest citizen' gathering on climate change, taking place Oct 24 on Parliament Hill (www.climateday.ca).
On Sept 21, we will be setting our cell phone alarms to go off at 12:18pm (signifying Dec 18 climate talks), and video taping the event for world leaders at the UN to see. Join me at noon at Yonge & Dundas Square on Monday, Sept 21. Here's the URL to RSVP:
Hope to see you there! Please forward this to your friends as well!
The plans for September 21 events are thrilling in their variety: a gathering in Ethiopia will beat drums to sound the alarm. Monks will chant prayers. And everywhere, from Berlin to Buenos Aires, Avaaz members will gather in peaceful, spontaneous "flash mobs" in public places to sound the alarms on their mobile phones, flood their governments with phone calls urging climate action, and make a tremendous noise. The images, sounds, and videos will be stitched together overnight for presentation to world leaders at the United Nations the next day!
C-Day Fill the Hill (Join thousands. Make Climate Change History)
The University of Toronto Environment Resource Network (UTERN) and Bikechain are proud to present EarthCycle, a weeklong festival at the University of Toronto running from September 21st to September 26th. The university’s most ambitious Environment Week to date, EarthCycle will feature 28 events over six days of almost constant activity. From bike races to eco-tours, documentary film screenings and lectures by world renowned thinkers, EarthCycle has something for everyone.
For a full schedule of events and details (location, time etc): http://theearthcycle.wordpress.com/
Check out the Earthcycle climate change lectures and films:
i) Mon. Sep. 21 - "What Prospect for a Decent Future": climate change and the university
ii) Wed. Sept. 23 - Ontario's Energy Future - Nuclear or Renewable?
iii) Wed. Sept. 23 - Carbon Capture & Storage: False Hope or Climate Change Salvation?
iv) Thur. Sept. 24 - Climate Change & Psychological Barriers to Change
v) Thur. Sept. 24 - Eco-films - focus on biodiversity
vi) Fri. Sept. 25 - Book Launch: "Life, Money & Illusion: Living on Earth as if we want to stay"
Full program and details: http://theearthcycle.wordpress.com/
Actions for a Healthy Environment
Sponsored by: International Institute of Concern for Public Health - Celebrating their 25th Anniversary
Sat. September 26, 9 a.m. – 4:30 pm.
Native Canadian Centre, 16 Spadina Rd., Toronto
10 a.m. Keynote Address Rosalie Bertell Ph.D. G.N.S.H., Founder and Immediate Past President introduced by Founder and Prof. Emerita Ursula Franklin
Other presentations include:
- What about the nuclear renaissance?
- International Perspectives on the Energy Future
Promises to be a dynamic anti-nuclear teach-in! –a
For more info: http://iicph.org/files/turning-things-around-poster.pdf
To register email email@example.com with subject line - Register me - or phone 416-786-6128
An evening of anti-nuke comedy and music
Sat. Sept.26th, 7:30 p.m
Cecil Community Centre, 58 Cecil Street (south of College, just east of Spadina), Toronto
Adults $20 or pay what you can, Students $7 or pay what you can
Seriously, Time to Stop is committed to spreading the word about nuclear weapons and finding ways to let governments know what you think about this issue.
DEMAND a LEGISLATED BAN for ONTARIO like the one granted to British Columbia B.C., Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Labrador are protected.
Ontario is a free-for-all!
SUNDAY SEPT. 27, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
QUEEN’S PARK, TORONTO
SPEAKERS: Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada; Bruce Cox, Executive Director Greenpeace Canada; Robert Lovelace, Retired Chief of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation
Organized by Cottagers against Uranium Mining and Exploration, CUME - http://www.fighturanium.com/cume.html
For more info: Cottagers.firstname.lastname@example.org