I have wanted to interview Helen Caldicott for two years, ever since I began my deep interest and research on anti-nuclear issues. Her name, image and ideas were part of my childhood. Both of my parents admired and were inspired by her-- as they worked hard as activists on issues of nuclear disarmament and nuclear freeze in the 1970s and 1980s.
Fukushima brought Helen Caldicott to New York recently. She spoke at the October 1, CAN anti-nuke rally, and again a week later at #Occupy #Wall Street. During her visit, I was fortunate to meet with Helen and video our talk.
Helen Caldicott is a medical doctor, mother of three, and grandmother of seven. She is a renowned author, founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility, and crusader for the safety of our planet.
Please listen to her moving and meaningful words. She is a brilliant environmental advocate and courageous leader of the anti-nuclear movement.
I feel grateful and honored to have spent this time with her.
Thank you, Helen.
As the situation in Fukushima grows more complicated in Japan, environmentalists worldwide are becoming more and more alarmed about the safety of nuclear power plants. In India there are massive protests to prevent the opening of new plants, Germany has vowed to shut down its nuclear plants, Switzerland and Italy have vowed to stay away from nuclear power, French citizens are expressing much opposition to nuclear power, and U.S. anti-nuclear activists are working hard to shut down our old and leaky reactors (many of which are of the same design as the Fukushima reactors). The radiation from Japan continues to spread around the country and the world. On the recent radioactive hotspots in Japan, see http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/15/world/asia/radioactive-hot-spots-in-tokyo-point-to-wider-problems.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha22
In these troubled times, Helen's prophetic words are important to listen and take heed to. We must protect our planet.
You can find this article and other work of mine at: http://www.terraspheres.com/planet/helen-caldicott-interview-october-2-2011