Nuclear Power….and Earth!

For thousands of years, humanity has been using different resources for food, energy, and all that it needs from Earth. The brain of humans has been developing over long periods of time, trying to find better resources for their increasing, unstoppable needs as their populations kept increasing. In the last two centuries, the consumption of the energy resources was incredible, exceeding the Earth’s ability to renew these resources.

Several advanced countries use the magnificently powerful, recently found nuclear energy generators to produce some of their populations’ needs of energy. Many scientists and researchers consider nuclear power to be a good substitute to the other shrinking energy resources like black gold and charcoal.
Claiming to be working safely and efficiently, the Japanese government had over fifty functioning nuclear reactors at one point, producing less than 20% of the energy use in Japan. Nonetheless, the Fukushima accident in 2011 required more caution and rethinking about nuclear energy production in Japan. As a result of that accident, more than 95% of nuclear generators in Japan have been shut.

On the other hand, some voices have been trying to reach light in this continually developing world, asking governments to stop generating nuclear energy. Dr. Hiroaki Koide, a research associate at the Research Reactor Institute of Kyoto University, is one of some Japanese scientists who work on raising awareness regarding the inevitable hazards of nuclear energy. In 1970, Dr. Koide realized that the severe threats associated with generating nuclear energy cannot be contained. During a special meeting with him, he explained to us that no method to efficiently dispose nuclear waste has been found yet even in the most technologically advanced countries. For example, digging a very deep hall in the South Pole or in land to hide nuclear waste does not prevent it from affecting the Earth and causing damage to the environment. This being the case, the future of humanity, the future of our planet, is endangered.

His talk reminded me a lot of the information presented in the movie “HOME,” which emphasizes the unique equilibrium between our planet and the multitude of organisms that dwell on it, including us, humans. This outstanding movie is made available and free onYoutube to raise awareness and increase knowledge among people to respect and appreciate this home, the Earth.
I strongly recommend watching the movie, which is available in more than one language.


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