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Call for mobilization for a world without nuclear power

10 March 2016

Warm greetings from the people of Quebec to the people of Japan, especially to those from the Fukushima prefecture. We, as Quebec citizens, express our complete solidarity with the people of Japan in their quest for a nuclear free future. Although Quebec has never suffered the ravages of a nuclear explosion nor of a nuclear meltdown, we have come to realize that nuclear power and nuclear weapons are incompatible with a sustainable future.

In 2012, thanks to the numerous actions of citizens (including artists, medical doctors, and other professionals) Quebec became the first jurisdiction in North America to phase out of nuclear power by shutting down its only operating reactor. We strongly support those of you in Japan who wish to eliminate nuclear power from your society as well. The uranium that fuelled the Fukushima reactors very likely came from Canada, one of the world’s main producers and exporters of uranium. Here in Quebec we are keenly aware that all uranium ends up either in nuclear weapons or in nuclear reactor fuel, which inevitably becomes high-level radioactive waste. So it is far better for humans to leave uranium in the ground. Last year, at the World Uranium Symposium in Quebec City, an international movement was launched to ban uranium mining worldwide. We would be honoured to have Japanese citizens participate in this campaign. Quebec has already declared a moratorium on uranium exploration and mining and is now deliberating on whether to forbid it permanently. If the effort is successful, Quebec will become the third province in Canada to ban uranium mining. We encourage the people of Japan to join us in sending a clear message to the world at large that the era of nuclear power and nuclear weapons is drawing to a close. We also invite you to our World Social Forum at Montreal in August 2016, when we will be happy to welcome you.

 

  • Artististes pour la Paix
  • Coalition pour que le Québec ait meilleure mine – Dominique Bernier
  • MiningWatch Canada – Ugo Lapointe
  • Regroupement Vigiliance Mines Abitibi-Témiscamingue (REVIMAT) – Marc Nantel
  • Association de protection de l’environnement des Hautes-Laurentides (APEHL) – François Lapierre
  • Nature Québec – Christian Simard
  • Réseau québécois des groupes écologistes (RQGE) – Yvan Croteau
  • Syndicat de la fonction publique du Québec (SFPQ) – Denise Boileau 
  • Gordon Edwards: Ph.D., President, Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, 
  • François LapierrePorte parole sur les mines, l’uranium et le nucléaire pour l’Association de protection de l’environnement des Hautes-Laurentides (APEHL) et répondant de l’APEHL auprès de la Coalition Québec Meilleur Mines 
  • Dr Éric Notebaert MD
    • Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environnement
    • Physicians for Global Survival (Canadian branch of IPPNW)
    • David Suzuki Foundation

 

 

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