Action Weeks 2016
"For a future after Chernobyl and Fukusima"
Action Weeks 2016 are taking place during this month in different countries.ICN members are organizing a lot of events, and this year, for the 30th anniversary, we have been in important places:
On April 7th , we had a meeting in the European Parliament, in Brussels, for the conference 30 years since Chernobyl, Witnesses of the past & nuclear power today.
Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament was opening the event, and Rebecca Harms, President of the Greens/Efa (Group in the European Parliament) was organizing the event with I.B.B. Dortmund. ICN members from Britain,Netherlands, Austria,Germany, Italy, Spain and of course liquidators from Ukraine and Belarus, were present.
20th April, Rome, Vaticane.
For the first time, the work and sacrifice of all of them was appreciated in this important public event. Pope Francis greeted liquidators from Ukraine and Belarus and representatives of the European Chernobyl and he said he is “praying for the victims of that disaster while expressing appreciation and gratitude to those who have assisted them and for the initiatives aimed at alleviating their suffering and the damage.”
The main aim of the Pilgrimage as a part of European Action Weeks 2016 “For a Future after Chernobyl and Fukushima” is the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster on 26. April 2016. Pope Francis welcomed the delegation of the Roman Catholic Archbishop from Lviv (Ukraine), Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki, and the Roman Catholic Archbishop from Minsk and Mogilev (Belarus), Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, in his speech on St Peter’s Square: “I am with you”.
More than 20 liquidators traveled to the General Audience, those who are working in their countries as head of Chernobyl organizations and as a simple activist for social and medical needs. They are accompanied by representatives of the Ukrainian and Belarusian Church, the European Chernobyl Solidarity Movement from Germany and Italy and the IBB Dortmund, who coordinates these activities. The delegation represents hundreds of thousands of Chernobyl victims and the Chernobyl Solidarity Movement which was created in the early 1990s.
“We are pleased and grateful that Pope Francis draws attention of the whole world to the Chernobyl disaster and to the other problems, because even now, 30 years after explosion we still can feel the consequences,” said Anatoly Gubarev, the Head of Liquidators Association in Kharkiv (Ukraine) in Rome. “Many generations after us will still have to deal with the consequences of this tragedy.”
Here you can see just a few examples of all the events that are taking place during this days organized by our ICN members! :
19th March, Manchester . Britain.
A very successful conference in Manchester to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Chernobyl and the fifth anniversary of Fukushima, and to examine the risks of nuclear power and the benefits of renewable energy.
Here you can see video with the highlights from the Conference.
16th April, Lucca. Italy.
Action Weeks are taking place in Italy, in a big National Festival (Festival del volontariato) and we had a meeting with more organizations for different regions, interested in be part of ICN. For the first time, liquidators were telling their stories in this country and people love the initiative.
19th April, Seville, Spain 20th April, Donostia, Spain
Spain hosts these days events of the European Action Weeks "For a future after Chernobyl and Fukusima" dedicated to raise awareness of nuclear disasters. Promoted by the Spanish Federation for Social Action with Children Bielorrusa (FEDASIB) the program includes a photo exhibition, conferences and other initiatives as Andalusian Parliament or the National meeting in Donostia, during this weekend.
11th April, Elsace, France
First time as well that France take part in Action Weeks, here, Oleg, the liquidator, on tour meeting students in a school of Guebwiller,Elsace, France.
21st April, Vienna, Austria
Charity Concert Philharmonic for Chernobyl Children, organized by Global 2000.
Stronger together, and this year we are in a lot of countries and we are having a great successful in all the events! Here you can see all the cities with rememoring events!
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