Stop the Charge of the Nuclear White Elephants!
March 27, 2010 10:30Tagged as: anti-nuclear antinuclear anti_nuclear environmentalism nuclear nuclear_power
London Action Resource Centre
62 Fieldgate Street, London E1 1ES
Venue details: http://www.londonarc.org
Nearest tube: Whitechapel
National Grassroots Anti-Nuclear Power Network Meeting
Saturday 27 March, 10.30am - 5.30pm
London Action Resource Centre
Please get in touch ASAP if you need a bed or crash space for one or more nights, or have specific access requirements.
Lunch: Bring vegetarian / vegan finger food to share. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
There's lots to discuss and share, including:
* The latest situation on nuclear new build in the UK
* Updates on recent actions and campaigning activities
* How we can be even more effective and make the best use of our skills, resources and networks
* Planning for future actions, including Sizewell Camp in late April and a possible summer camp at a strategic location
* Pull-out for publication in late April - work on concept and content
* Ideas and proposals for future activities and network building
* International dimension - overseas networking, French update, UK-India nuclear deal and proliferation implications, waste transport, etc
History of our network
Around twenty activists from various anti-nuclear, environmental and peace campaigns came together last November in response to a national call-out to discuss and plan taking action against nuclear new build. Facilitated by Seeds for Change, the meeting was a great opportunity for people to come together, share their experiences and ideas and work out a way forward. It kick started a flurry of activity, including a blockade of Sizewell, a banner action inside Parliament and various demonstrations and other campaigning activities around the country. But this is just the beginning. We need you to get involved and help us grow.
Nuclear White Elephants on the Charge!
The nuclear industry and British government are steaming ahead with their plans for a fleet of dangerous, expensive and unnecessary new nuclear reactors. The first application, for Hinkley Point in Somerset, is due to be submitted as early as August of this year. But only this week, the French Nuclear Phase Out Network exposed secret documents showing that defects in the design of Areva's EPR, the reactor chosen by EDF for Hinkley, Sizewell in Suffolk and elsewhere, could lead to a Chernobyl-style nuclear catastrophe.  Scores of academics, politicians and campaigners are now calling for a public inquiry on the justification process for new reactors. 
The nuclear industry has a long and colourful history of secrecy, lies and cover-ups that continue to this day. As the saying goes, a leopard doesn't change its spots. The vested interests of the multinational energy corporations will always come before concerns for the environment and the health and safety of the public. Needless to say, with nuclear energy and waste the consequences can be devastating, as seen at Chernobyl and Windscale, for example.
Green Solutions not Nuclear Greenwash
The fact is that new nuclear reactors would do too little too late to meet our carbon reduction targets, and at too high a price in terms of economic, health and environmental costs. Our vision is of a nuclear-free low carbon future for the UK and the world based on more modest consumption and an ambitious programme of energy efficiency measures and renewable and decentralised energy.
Come and join us on 27th March as we work to build a powerful movement to resist nuclear expansion.
If you want to be involved but can't make the meeting, please ask to be added to our e-mail list. For more info and updates and suggestions for additional agenda items, contact Dan:
vd2012-npp [at] yahoo.co.uk
Mobile: +44 (0)7506 234 091
1. EDF nuclear reactor carries 'Chernobyl-size' explosion risk - Guardian, 7 March 2010
2. Academics demand independent inquiry into new nuclear reactors - Guardian, 11 March 2010
Contact email: vd2012-npp [at] yahoo.co.uk