In time to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Physicians for Social Responsibility has released a new briefing book, Lessons from Fukushima and Chernobyl for Public Health. This publication serves as a public resource, providing information about the health dangers created by nuclear power accidents.
The world has anxiously watched the events in Japan unfolding this past two weeks after the horrific earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster. The feelings are magnified out of a sense of helplessness in aiding the victims in Japan mixed with concerns for potential effects and implications to our own health and communities. In assessing the devastating effects of natural disasters, we must pause as we consider the potential for catastrophic effects of man made disasters, specifically from nuclear power plants.
PSR-LA extends our deepest sympathy to the people of Japan. As physicians and public health professionals, we are deeply concerned about the threat this nuclear disaster poses to public health and the environment on a local and global scale.
Bring a friend, candles, and a cardboard sign with your message or wish for a non-nuclear future for Japan, the US, and the world to this candlelight vigil.
The Anti-Nuclear War Head, a unique and powerful sculpture, has an illustrious history in the anti-nuclear cause. It made its public debut on June 12, 1982 in New York’s Central Park, site of the largest rally against nuclear weapons to date, drawing over 1 million people.