As part of the campaign against uranium exploration and mining, Greens MP Jamie Parker has extended an invitation to two special events.
March 11 marks two years since the Fukushima nuclear disaster began. People from the affected region are coming to Australia to speak of their experiences of radiation and resilience and to connect with people trying to stop further mining and export of uranium.
As part of the commemoration there will be a concert as well as a book launch and photography exhibition - these are unique opportunities to hear the real impact of the disaster and show solidarity with people from affected areas.
5-7pm Sunday 10 March
NSW Teachers Federation Auditorium – 37 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills (near Central Station).
Performers include: Natalie Pa'apa'a (of Blue King Brown) Acoustic, Gagaku music, Taiko drumming and Soran Dance.
Speakers include: Uncle Dootch Kennedy; Kenichi Hasegawa (farmer/author from the Fukushima region), Akira Kawasaki (Peace Boat International), Mark Lennon (Unions NSW Secretary) and Peter Watts (Australian Nuclear Free Alliance co-chair).
Book launch and photography exhibition:
Kenichi Hasegawa, a farmer from the Fukushima region, will speak about his experience in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster. He will present his book and photographic exhibition chronicling life since the disaster began.
3:30pm Monday 11 March
Kinokuniya Book Store (Level 2, The Galeries/500 George St Sydney)
More information on the ‘Face to Face with Fukushima’ national tour: www.choosenuclearfree.net/tour
Greens MP Jamie Parker said:
"Two years after the Fukushima disaster, Labor and Liberal governments in Australia are still allowing uranium exploration and mining and placing local communities at risk while increasing the threat of nuclear proliferation and disasters overseas.
“This is particularly concerning considering Federal Labor’s decision to export uranium to India, a country which has not signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.
“Instead of encouraging this dangerous and outdated industry which will leave a lasting radioactive legacy for future generations, we should be looking to the future of energy generation and investing in renewables.
“Uranium exploration and mining is dangerous for workers, local communities and the environment and the government cannot ignore the growing community campaign and widespread opposition to this industry,” Mr Parker said.
More: Alison Martin 9660 7586
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