Saturday, 23 April 2011

Anti-nuclear advocate Helen Caldicott talks about the Fukushima nuclear

(Video) Australian physician, author, and anti-nuclear advocate Helen Caldicott talks about the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe


Hola Alba, estimada amiga,

gracias por intentar una respuesta en Aporrea. No importa que no te la hayan 
publicado. Lamentablemente, en algún momento hasta personas tan ciegas y 
dogmáticas como Brito van a tener que aterrizar en la realidad. Las pocas 
informaciones no censuradas que nos llegan sobre Japón son verdaderamente 
horribles. Si manejas un poquito de inglés, vaya a nuestro blog: y lea la última entrada (la que aparece arriba en 
la página y vea también el video. Ahí habla una veterana activista contra la 
energía nuclear, Helen Caldicott, y nos da una idea de la espantosa magnitud de 
lo que pasa en Fukushima y sus nefastas consequencias para la vida en todo el 

Un abrazo y saludos cordiales,
Franz J. T. Lee y Jutta Schmitt

(Video) Australian physician, author, and anti-nuclear advocate Helen Caldicott talks about the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe and what we can expect. It ain’t pretty.



Helen Caldicott

The single most articulate and passionate advocate of citizen action to remedy 
the nuclear and environmental crises, Dr Helen Caldicott, has devoted the last 
38 years to an international campaign to educate the public about the medical 
hazards of the nuclear age and the necessary changes in human behavior to stop 
environmental destruction.

Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1938, Dr Caldicott received her medical degree 
from the University of Adelaide Medical School 
 in 1961. She founded the Cystic Fibrosis 
Clinic at the Adelaide Children's Hospital  in 1975 
and subsequently was an instructor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School 
 and on the staff of the Children's Hospital 
Medical Center , Boston, Mass., until 1980 when 
she resigned to work full time on the prevention of nuclear war.

In 1971, Dr Caldicott played a major role in Australia's opposition to French 
atmospheric nuclear testing in the Pacific; in 1975 she worked with the 
Australian trade unions to educate their members about the medical dangers of 
the nuclear fuel cycle, with particular reference to uranium mining.

While living in the United States from 1977 to 1986, she co-founded the 
Physicians for Social Responsibility , an 
organization of 23,000 doctors committed to educating their colleagues about the 
dangers of nuclear power, nuclear weapons and nuclear war. On trips abroad she 
helped start similar medical organizations in many other countries. The 
international umbrella group (International Physicians for the Prevention of 
Nuclear War ) won the Nobel Peace Prize 
1985. She also founded the Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament 
 (WAND) in the US in 1980.

Returning to Australia in 1987, Dr Caldicott ran for Federal Parliament 
 as an independent. Defeating Charles Blunt, leader of 
the National Party, through preferential voting she ultimately lost the election 
by 600 votes out of 70,000 cast.

She moved back to the United States in 1995, lecturing at the New School for 
Social Research  on the Media, Global Politics 
and the Environment, hosting a weekly radio talk show on WBAI (Pacifica) 
, and becoming the Founding President of the STAR 
(Standing for Truth About Radiation) Foundation .

Dr Caldicott has received many prizes and awards for her work, including the 
Lannan Foundation's 2003 Prize for Cultural Freedom  
and 21 honorary doctoral degrees, and she was personally nominated for the Nobel 
Peace Prize by Linus Pauling  - 
himself a Nobel Laureate. The Smithsonian Institute  has 
named Dr Caldicott as one of the most influential women of the 20th Century. She 
has written for numerous publications and has authored seven books 
, Nuclear Madness 
, Missile Envy, *If You Love This 
Planet: A Plan to Heal the Earth* (1992, W.W. Norton ) 
and *A Desperate Passion: An Autobiography* (1996, W.W. Norton 
; published as *A Passionate Life* in Australia by 
Random House ), *The New Nuclear Danger: George 
Bush’s Military Industrial Complex* (2001, The New Press 
 in the US, UK and UK; Scribe Publishing 
 in Australia and New Zealand; Lemniscaat 
Publishers  in The Netherlands; and Hugendubel Verlag 
 in Germany), *Nuclear Power is Not the 
Answer* (2006, The New Press  in the US, UK and UK; 
Melbourne University Press  in Australia) and 
War In Heaven  (March 2007). Dr. 
Caldicott’s most recent book is the revised and updated If You Love This Planet 
 (March 2009).

She also has been the subject of several films, including *Eight Minutes to 
Midnight*, nominated for an Academy Award  in 
1981, *If You Love This Planet*, which won the Academy Award 
 for best documentary in 1982, and *Helen’s 
War: portrait of a dissident*, recipient of the Australian Film Institute Awards 
 for Best Direction (Documentary) 
2004, and the Sydney Film Festival 
Award for Best Documentary in 2004.

Dr Caldicott currently divides her time between Australia and the US where she 
lectures widely. She founded the US-based *Nuclear Policy Research Institute* 
(NPRI), which evolved into Beyond Nuclear , of 
which Dr Caldicott is Founding President. Beyond Nuclear aims to educate and 
activate the public about the connections between nuclear power and nuclear 
weapons and the need to abandon both to safeguard our future.

Dr Caldicott can be heard discussing urgent planetary survival issues on her 
weekly radio show If You Love This Planet 
, and is the Founder and Spokesperson 
for People for a Nuclear-Free Australia , established to 
represent the millions of Australians who uphold the strong belief that there 
should be no uranium mining, nuclear power plants or foreign nuclear waste in 

Dr Caldicott is also a member of the International Scientific Advisory Board 
advising José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Prime Minister of Spain.



Helen Caldicott Talks About the Horror of Fukushima 
April 23, 2011

Australian physician, author, and anti-nuclear advocate Helen Caldicott talks 
about the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe and what we can expect. It ain’t pretty.



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