Two years after the Fukushima disaster that demolished parts of Japan, the issue of nuclear power as a viable energy source is still highly contested based on potential risks and environmental impact. On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 earthquake and 13-meter-high tsunami struck Japan’s coast, causing thousands of deaths and untold damage. Further adding to the environmental disaster, was the meltdown of the nuclear power reactors at Fukushima, which consequently released massive amounts of dangerous radiation.
The destruction and environmental impacts caused by the earthquake are still felt today, not only by Japan, but also nations around the world, and continue to plague the nation with issues that may continue for years. It is imperative that international cooperation occurs to further achieve better safety and security standards in regards to nuclear power.
On this anniversary, we ask for everyone to take a moment and educate themselves about the effects and potential harm of nuclear power, as well as to learn more about clean and sustainable energy alternatives. GCI has taken a firm stand against further developments of nuclear power within recent years, defined in this piece, Fukushima and the Future of Nuclear Power, published on 11 April 2011.
Photo: Japanese students are learning sustainable practices at school to better understand the power of nature in a post-Fukushima world.
- 11 March 2013 Press Release
- GC Japan’s 1 Month Perspective 11 April, 2012
- Tisunehiko “Tom” Kawamoto, Chief Officer of GC Japan’s, Remarks (video)
- 1 Year Anniversary Response 8 March 2012