Int’l Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day: Time to prioritise nuclear abolition, says iGP

INDIA GREENS PARTY

Press Statement

Int’l Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day: Time to prioritise nuclear abolition, says iGP

Unchir-Dunktok, Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, 26 April 2021: The India Greens Party (iGP) today said there is an urgent need to prioritise nuclear abolition both domestically and internationally to make the world free of nuclear weapons and energy.In a press statement on the occasion of the International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day today, the iGP President Suresh Nautiyal said the vision of their party is to help in creating a world free of nuclear weapons and nuclear energy, and to unburden future generations from dangerous levels of radioactive waste.  

“We must rapidly phase out nuclear energy, as it is dangerous and causes pollution and radioactive waste. Instead, we must invest in wind, solar and other renewables to fill the gap between energy supply and demand,” he added.The Green leader said the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear tragedies, and Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear disasters, underscore the need to address the nuclear issue. 

“Therefore, the principal objective of the Greens should be to call a formal moratorium on the construction of new nuclear power plants, the early retirement of existing nuclear power reactors, and the phase-out of technologies that use or produce nuclear waste, such as nuclear waste incinerators, food irradiators, and all uses of uranium,” Mr Nautiyal emphasised.

He said the development and use of nuclear energy during the 20th century was a spin-off from nuclear weapons production for the military. It gave a justification for continued proliferation of nuclear technology around the world, served to make nuclear fission appear more benevolent, and promoted the myth that nuclear power was cheap and safe. 

“Nuclear energy is a false solution to the climate crisis, and nuclear weapons undermine global peace, security, and humanity. Elimination of both nuclear weapons and nuclear energy, with their myriad risks to safety, health and the environment, must be a global priority. Like fossil fuels, their elimination is both urgent and necessary, lest the horrors of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Chernobyl and Fukushima be repeated,” Mr Nautiyal pointed out.

The iGP leader said the Greens, in addition to policies that decrease overall energy needs, will work domestically and internationally to ban nuclear weapons and nuclear power plants and promote safe, ecologically sustainable energy options, for a world free of nuclear power, nuclear weapons and fuel and energy chains. 

 –          Issued by the IGP Office Secretary Deepak Dabral at the iGP National Head Office.

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(India Greens Party is registered with the Election Commission of India under Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. Registration Number: 56/476/2018-19/PPS-I, effective from 18/07/2019.)

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