Yokohama World No Nuclear Conference Shows Resolve Of People
The conference proved to be a major event that will likely be the jumping off point for more change in Japan and a more coordinated world wide resolve.
A set of declarations were made and voted at the conference. The Yokohama Declaration that more than 10,000 participants from some 30 countries adopted on the second and last day of the event in Yokohama included the following statements.
Sufficient support for all victims of the nuclear disaster. “The right to evacuation, health care, decontamination, compensation and the right to enjoy the same standard of living as before March 11, 2011,”
Information should be more available. “Collect data related to the plant crippled after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in a “comprehensive” manner”
The declaration also called on Japan to not export nuclear equipment and technology to other countries and to permanently shut down all nuclear plants in Japan.
“Nuclear power plants are all over the world. In order to deal with this issue, we must create a global network,”
said Tatsuya Yoshioka, director of Peace Boat
In attendance at the conference were 100 experts and activists from 30 countries and 200 domestic groups. Experts from around the world urged international cooperation and expressed that nuclear isn’t the problem of one country. As we have seen with Fukushima, a nuclear disaster impacts the entire world.
Ideas brought about at the conference included efforts at the local level to stop nuclear plant operation and move to microgrids run on renewable energy. The issue of handling nuclear waste and how impacted communities can recover from the nuclear disaster were also discussed. How Japan can bring together small NGO groups to have a louder voice to make the government pay attention to the people seemed to be a core concept echoed by the mayors of many town in Japan.
There was also a protest march in Yokohama during the conference
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