Today, April 26, 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the April 26, 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident.
I’ll be attending a candlelight vigil in Toronto tonight. The vigil is being held to commemorate this anniversary, & also to support the people of Japan, now dealing with their own horrendous nuclear disaster. The event has been organized by Greenpeace & will take place at 900 Bay St., where Ontario’s Ministry of Energy is located.(1)
I can still recall when I heard about the Chernobyl accident. My children were young then, & although our little family lived in Durham Region (east of Toronto) in the area of 2 major nuclear plants (Pickering, already functioning & Darlington, under construction & later opened in 1989), we never gave it a thought.
Naïve young parents, hmmm? Unaware of so many environmental risks that we & our children unwittingly faced. Polluted air, pesticide exposures from sprayed lawns & sprayed crops nearby. Well water potentially affected by those same pesticides. Hormone disruptors in plastic toys that we gave our kids & got a kick out of them sucking on when they were really young.
And nuclear plants.
But I digress…
I now work (as a volunteer) to help put an end to the nuclear nightmare. It seems there is no end yet in sight.
Here are a few sites it seems a good idea to promote, on this 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster & only 6 ½ weeks out from Japan’s Fukushima disaster.
- Web site of a woman who rides her motorcycle around Chernobyl
- Article here ‘Chornobyl widows mourn as bell tolls 25 times’
- Chernobyl photo gallery here
- Film “Chernobyl Forever” trailer
- Film: The Battle of Chernobyl. (you can watch the film on-line & I highly recommend that you do! Sobering, powerful, lots of info I had not been aware of, for sure!)
- Children of Chornobyl Canadian Fund
- Friends of Chernobyl Centers, US
- Health Effects of Chernobyl 25 years after the Reactor Catastrophe
- ‘Hard Lessons from Chernobyl and Fukushima’ here
- Resources on Nuclear Accidents (& plenty more!) at Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility
- Beyond Nuclear for information about the Fukushima accident/situation & all matters nuclear
- No Comment – Images from Fukushima
- Joanna Macy Web site w. info on Chernobyl, Depleted Uranium, Nuclear Guardianship concept, etc.
- Lots of great nuclear-related quotations here
- 26th anniversary posting here contains yet more links!
& finally, information about a book about Chernobyl (a review of which can be found here )
“Ace Hoffman has posted the following amazing offer from the authors of the book Chernobyl – Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment.
This book is “…a comprehensive presentation of all the available information concerning the health and environmental effects of the low dose radioactive contaminants, especially those emitted from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.” – quoted from Dr. Sherman’s Web site
For more information on both Dr. Sherman and the book – Chernobyl – Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment, go to Dr. Janette Sherman’s Web site.
Chernobyl book available NOW in printed form for only $10.00!
Chernobyl – Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment,
by Alexei V. Yablokov, Vastly B. Nesterenko and Alexey V. Yesterenko.
Consulting Editor: Janette D. Sherman-Nevinger. 327 pages.
Originally published in 2009 by the New York Academy of Sciences at $150.00, the right to reprint has been transferred to the authors and is now available for $10.00, plus postage. This includes a separate index that was not part of the original book.
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Five 50.00 4.72 54.72
Ten 100.00 7.45 107.45
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(1) AND, there is a Robert Knoth photo exhibit ‘Chernobyl: Remember & Rethink’ in Toronto from April 14-28 at the Hotshot Art Gallery, 181 Augusta Ave. (Tues-Sat., 11 am – 7 pm). Only 2 more days, as I post this entry.