Dr. Helen Caldicott speaks on the impact of radiation from the nuclear power plant meltdowns in Japan
Born in Melbourne, Australia, Dr. Helen Caldicott has devoted most of her life to educate the international public about the absolute dangers of the nuclear age we live in and consequently the horrendous health hazards we are subjected to, and calls upon changes in human behavior to stop the destruction of our environment. She is a passionate activist for nuclear disarmament since the early seventies, when she opposed nuclear testing in the Pacific by the French and is an internationally highly respected professional who has received many prizes and awards for her work, including the Lannand Foundation’s 2003 Price for Cultural Freedom and 21 honorary doctoral degrees; she was personally nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Linus Pauling, himself a Nobel Laureate, and The Smithsonian Institute has named Dr. Caldicott as one of the most influential women of the 20th Century. She is the author of seven books and has been the subject of several documentary films.
In a talk she gave in Montreal after the March 11 earthquakes and following tsunami in Japan, she very clearly and succinctly laid out the consequences of the subsequent destruction of the nuclear power plants for all of us. After watching this ten minute video, you will most likely feel compelled to start looking up preventive methods for radiation sickness and much more. One thing for sure – the radiation poisoning of our planet is not going to go away in a long time.
In a discourse where Osho speaks about his world tour during which so many countries prevented him from entering because he had been declared a dangerous man, he also refers to the Chernobyl meltdown:
“I was dangerous – now the cloud carrying the nuclear radiation from Chernobyl… prevent it and put it in a jail! It is not dangerous! Now they are all feeling impotent; they can’t do anything. And I am subversive, because I have been saying for years, ‘Don’t play with nuclear energy because you cannot control whether anything goes wrong.’ Now something has gone wrong, and they are all helpless. And it is not going to be a one day thing; its effects will continue for decades.
In the Ukraine, where the disaster has happened, they will not be able to grow food for thirty years, and that is the province which supplies food to the whole Soviet Union. Now the Soviet Union will be the most hungry country in the world. And everywhere in Europe the radiation level has gone up – to one hundred times, to two hundred times the amount which is tolerable for human beings. To breathe that air, to drink that milk or water, to eat vegetables or fruits – everything is dangerous. Now all those parliaments are silent.
I am dangerous… and nuclear weapons are not dangerous! It seems to be simply an insane world.”
Osho, The Path of the Mystic, Ch 1, Q 1
Read more about Dr. Caldicott and her work: www.helencaldicott.com