Fukushima and the Future: Reflecting on the 10th Anniversary
Saturday, February 27, 4 – 7:30 pm EST via Zoom
Presented in partnership with Putting Down Roots Sustainability Salon
On March 11, 2011, a megathrust earthquake occurred off the coast of Tōhoku in eastern Japan. At magnitude 9 on the Richter scale, this was the strongest quake ever recorded in Japan (and fourth in the world). The resultant tsunami sent waves over 100 feet high crashing onto the coast, killing more than 15,000 people and damaging or destroying a million buildings. The Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Daiichi plant was hard hit, as flooding disabled diesel generators needed for cooling.
Starting with an update on Fukushima and a look at what it will really take to decommission the plant—40 years of hard, high-tech work—we'll explore other risks and consequences of nuclear power, considering the hazards of nuclear waste and aging facilities. In addition, we'll discuss how to forge a renewable energy future, to address climate change.
The first hour of the program will feature video clips addressing what happened and current cleanup efforts, followed by the speakers below, and ending with Q&A between the speakers and audience.
Speakers will include:
Patricia DeMarco, local scholar, author, activist, policymaker, and energy policy expert
Ian Zabarte, a Shoshone leader who will discuss the impacts of nuclear testing and waste storage on indigenous people and lands via a short video
Barbara Litt, Senior Lecturer of Japanese Studies, Carnegie Mellon University
Please visit the Sustainability Salon site for program updates!!