Quarter Century of Chernobyl
New Perspectives - First Hand Accounts - Insights for Japan
April 10th at 4 pm in the Fellowship Hall Moderated by Joanna Macy
Three brave activists from Russia speak out:
cleanup engineer at Chernobyl for 5 years and international advocate for radiation victims
world renowned organizer at forefront of nuclear debates, won Supreme Court case against government of Russia
outspoken voice on radiation exposure with the Movement for Nuclear Safety
Plus: US Premiere of Chernobyl4Ever, a film featuring young people living near Chernobyl
Organized by the Center for Safe Energy and co-sponsored by Tri-Valley CAREs (Communities Against a Radioactive Environment), Plutonium-Free Future, and the Social Justice Committee of BFUU. Wheelchair accessible.
Full Speaker bios:
Dr. Natalia Mironova is a prominent leader in the human rights and anti-nuclear environmental movement in Russia. She founded the Movement for Nuclear Safety and was one of the first organizers to press for government openness on pre-Chernobyl nuclear catastrophes. Through her work in regional Parliament, she made public information on the 500,000 victims affected by the activities of the first plutonium production in Russia and on the catastrophes in the Mayak plutonium production plant. As a Member of the Supreme Environmental Council of the Russian State Parliament from 1997-2006, she organized broad public discussions for federal referendums on radioactive waste issues. In 2002, Natalia won in the Supreme Court case against the Government of Russia to stop the import of 370 tons of Hungarian spent fuel for storage and reprocessing in Russia. An author of several books and over 70 articles, she has examined the roots of nuclear proliferation and the role of non-governmental organizations in abolishing Weapons of Mass Destruction, particularly nuclear.
Natalia Manzurova was a lead engineer in cleaning up the consequences of the accident at the Chernobyl atomic power station for over 5 years. Three years after returning from Chernobyl, her work as an engineer at a Russian nuclear facility was interrupted by a serious illness caused by radiation. In 1997 she organized the Chernobyl Union non-profit to defend the rights of the victims of radiation exposure. She also works at the Planet of Hope NGO to advocate for the rights of people exposed to radiation such as liquidators of radiation accidents and catastrophes, nuclear weapons testers, people living in radiation areas, and workers in nuclear facilities. Natalia is the author of numerous articles on radiation ecology, and she speaks at international scientific conferences and collaborates with international environmental and human rights organizations on radiation issues.
Tatiana Mukhamedyarova has been an outspoken voice in making public the horrible consequences of the nuclear accidents in her native region of Chelyabinsk, Russia. A member of the Movement for Nuclear Safety since 1992, she has worked with Russian and foreign journalists to cover the fate of the victims of radiation exposure. She took part in US-Russia negotiations on nuclear issues and participated in international conferences against atomic bombs in Japan to draw attention to the victims of nuclear production. She also worked with the Women of Europe for a Common Future non-profit organization on radiation and chemical pollution and sustainable development.