This weekend, Jean-Michel Cousteau was elected to succeed Mikhail Gorbachev at the helm of Green Cross International. Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, has continued the family tradition and been recognized globally as a leading advocate for ocean and environmental protection. In May 2016, his lifetime achievements and exemplary public service in ocean conservation was […]
Former Prime Minister of Japan Naoto Kan joined Green Cross at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on 26 January to tell the audience there that, five years later, the nuclear disaster in Fukushima has yet to be resolved.
“The accident is still unfolding,” he said, as radioactive material continues to seep into surrounding groundwater and the ocean. He contested current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s repeated claims that radioactive contamination is “under control.” Kan, who was Prime Minister of Japan when the Fukushima nuclear disaster occurred in March, 2011, has become a tireless campaigner on the dangers of nuclear power.
As well as Prime Minister Kan, the Washington event featured Dr. Hironao Matsubara, Chief Researcher of Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP) in Tokyo, Japan, Yoshiko Aoki, who has been providing support services to Fukushima residents forced to relocate after the disaster, Nathalie Gysi, Executive Director of Green Cross Switzerland, and Dr. Paul F. Walker, Green Cross International’s Director of Environmental Security & Sustainability.
The speakers touched upon the ongoing Fukushima remediation effort, what amounts to a refugee crisis in the areas surrounding Fukushima, and the disaster’s long-term lessons for energy and regulatory plans in Japan, Europe, the United States, and beyond.
(left-to-right: Ambassador Elayne Whyte Gomez of Costa Rica, Ambassador Mohamed Auajjar of Morocco, Ambassador Elisabeth Laurin of France, and Green Cross Executive Director Adam Koniuszewski) Green Cross International and the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United Nations in Geneva launched a 40-image photo exhibition that is on show at the UN […]