firefighters with protective gear wash a west german car near the east german border after it arrived from poland with radioactive fallout from the chernobyl nuclear plant disaster may 3 1986
Chernobyl Heart is a documentary film by Maryann DeLeo. The film won the Best Documentary Short Subject award at the 2004 Academy Awards.
In the film, DeLeo travels through Ukraine and Belarus observing the effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster on the health of children in the area. Many children suffered from a cardiac degradation condition now known in the area as “Chernobyl heart”, in addition to other severe radiation poisoning effects.
Kim Stewart, Friends of the Earth spokeswoman, will talk briefly about why the Chernobyl catastrophe is relevant today, particularly in context of the Queensland Government’s decision to recommence uranium mining.
Event hosted by Friends of the Earth Brisbane and Rally for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament.
How to get there – take bus 199 to Stop 7 on Boundary Street in West End. The bus stops outside venue.
Free screening of documentary “Chernobyl Heart”
24 April at 18:00
Lock’n’Load Bistro in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
While much of the media attention fades, radiation continues to impact upon the lives of hundreds of thousands of Japanese people. There are also significant issues around institutional discrimination of those whose homes were within the contamination zone as well as misinformation about the nature of radiation. Families are dealing with stress, upheaval and break down as over 120, 000 people have been forced to leave their homes, communities and businesses.
Australian uranium was in the reactors at Fukushima and we continue to export uranium to Japan. It is important for Australians to hear the full story of the risks and consequences of these exports.
‘Face to Face with Fukushima’ tour will see a delegation from Japan visit Australia on a speaking tour in March 2013 to coincide with the second anniversary of the nuclear disaster at the Daiichi power plant in Fukushima, Japan.
The tour will include public meetings in Darwin, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Sydney and meetings with Indigenous Australians who have uranium mine impacts on their lands.
The delegation will also share their experience and describe life in Japan since the 2011 Tsunami and Daiichi nuclear disaster, a disaster on par with the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986.
The tour aims to highlight the long term and ongoing radioactive contamination problems in Japan. Delegates will also share stories of people finding hope, working together, rebuilding their country.
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