ECN goes International!
At a gathering in Poland in October members of ECN decided it was time to enlarge the scope of the network, and it was relaunched as the International Chernobyl Network.
The European Chernobyl Network came into being in 2010, just months before the disaster at Fukushima. That accident is still ongoing, pouring contamination into the sea,and many organisations in Japan are very active in raising awareness, demanding more protection for their people and opposing a restart of nuclear power in their country. It is time we all worked together. The German organisation IBB, who facilitated the start of ECN, also hosted the conference at which we became International. The Network now hopes to attract members from Canada, the US and other parts of the world. Together our member organisations will start to plan for the 5th Anniversary of Fukushima and the 30th Anniversary of Chernobyl which take place in spring 2016.
ICN has released this Press Statement
Launch of International Chernobyl Network
Members of Chernobyl organisations from 10 European countries came together with Japanese campaigners in Poland on October 26th to launch the ICN.
Four years ago the ECN was formed to bring together organisations working to support people in Belarus and Ukraine, the countries worst affected by the 1986 disaster.
But as Fukushima continues to pour radioactive contamination into the sea and the surrounding environment, there is a pressing need for the network to reach out beyond Europe.
"We considered including 'Fukushima' in the title of the network" said Steering Group member Linda Walker 'but we realise that any day a further nuclear disaster may occur. Chernobyl was the first power plant disaster to spread contamination across many countries and to leave a tragic legacy for future generations. Our Network is open to all non governmental organisations wishing to support the people affected by nuclear disasters anywhere.
After Chernobyl the building of new nuclear plants came to an abrupt halt. In the early 21st century nuclear energy was gaining ground once more. The Fukushima accident has made many countries rethink their nuclear policy.
The ICN is concerned that the warning has not been heeded by all countries and believes that investment in clean renewable energy projects is the best hope for creating a safer environment for future generations.