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FADECO participates in the peaceful demonstration against atomic energy

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EASTER MONDAY 25.4.2011:

Whereas this was public holiday for many, Joseph Sekiku joined thousands of Germans in a peaceful demonstration against atomic energy. My interest in renewable energy had taken me to have a deeper grasp of what atomic power was in the industrialized world, and how this had contributed to industrial advancement. I had also had the vague understanding of the impact to environment let alone the fear of what everybody fears: the nuclear or atomic war. But did this make any meaning really to me before coming to Germany?

So, the 25th April 2011 to me was that day when I had that golden opportunity to have a direct face to face contact with reality. Remember, it is only a few weeks from disaster in japan when the FUKUSHIMA nuclear power plant has been said to leave thousands of people affected. There are many stories about the consequences.

And as though nature is trying to revenge, it is only a few weeks from the Nuclear disaster that has devastated life in japan following the earthquake and left the FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR PLANT ablaze. According to history, there was the first nuclear disaster at Majak in 1957, followed by another one at Hariisburgh in 1979 and the famous Chernobyl distater in Russia in 1986. Remember also that these Nuclear disasters have disrupted life and the environment, and are casue for alarm for any current and future investment in such nuclear energy plants.

The present threat of the AL-KAIDA wars against humani should not be forgotten with a fear that, perhaps in the worst case and in the wake of rampant suicide bombing, who knows one day their madness drives them into waging a nuclear attack that would destryo the whole world? There is extensive information about the history and effects of nuclear accidents in the wiki-pedia and that information suffices to creat, a turn about to plans of establishing such nuclear plants. In otherwords, the cost of damage and threat far surpases the benefits in terms of energy and employment.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_and_radiation_accidents)

But what message does that peaceful demonstration carry for the people in Tanzania?
1. It is beleived that URANIUM, the mineral that is used to produce nuclear energy could possibly be imported from Tanzania and other African states or poorer states in the world. This is in disguise of foreign export earnings to these countries.
2. The industrialized countries including Germany use the URANIUM to generate electricity that drives industry and provides eneormous contribution to the growth of the infrastructure here. On the other sied, the nuclear plants provide employment to numerous persons who work day and night or in shifts in these power plants.
3. The Environmentalist and many people of different walks of life, after the nuclear accidents are saying, it is a high time for government that have invested in nuclear energy to SWICH OFF  these power plants. The destruction to human life and the environment is estimated to be very very huge.
4. Unfortunately, the issue of NUCLEAR WASTE DISPOSAL goes under-cover. Some poor nations in Africa, ignorant about the dangers of nuclear waste, have been used as conduits to store the nuclear waster. Such waste in drum is said to be transported and deposited or dispossed off in those countries. Sometimes, this is done in return to development assistance programs. Perhaps someone has to make some deeper study of this and make recommendations. But what for the hungry and poor folks, would they have an alternative?
Dr. Thomas who is an environmentalist and heralds from a village called Polle near to the Grondhe nuclear power plant, describes the history of this power plant from its early days of establishment. He told me about earlier demonstrations when the Green party staged demonstrations against its establishment, and how many people suffered due to this. But their efforts were defeated and the power plant at Grondhe was built.Mr. Thomas was among the demosntrators and was also saying: atomkraft, Nein danke. Atomic Energy, No thank you as the following short videos can show.

So what would happen if these nuclear plants are closed?
  • It is true that poor countries like Tanzania would not get that income
  • Perhaps some people would lose their employment and become unemployed?
  • What about industries? Is available renewable energy from wind, solar, hydro, biogas, natural gas, etc. able to meet the current industrial and domestic demands for energy?
  • And for sure perhaps the threats and fear of a destructive nuclear war would be over?

Listen to the interview with environmental activists that gathered at the Grondhe Nuclear power plant.

Watch the videos about the demonstrationsdemonstrating_against_nuclear_energy

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