Fukushima Exhibition in Taunton
It was a wonderful opportunity for Stop Hinkley to have Lis Fields Exhibition '20 millisieverts per year' at the CIC centre Taunton to give us insight here in the West Country to the situation in Japan since the awful nuclear accident of Fukushima 2011. The exhibition focused in detail on the many different aspects of the disaster that had not been previously publicized in other reporting. Lis had an eye for observing and a unique way of capturing the heart wrenching aspects of what it is actually like for the people that have survived the disaster and their need to look for a safe future for themselves, their families and future generations. All aspects of the artwork lead us to shout from the rooftops “No more nuclear please............”
The Exhibition triggered 2 letters from a local resident that had viewed the exhibition that were printed by the West Country newspaper Western Daily press. Here are extracts:
My recent visit to Taunton took me to the CIC - The Creative Innovation Centre, Paul Street, Taunton, where I was in awe of the Fukushima Exhibition '20 millisieverts per year'. The current display is a collection of snapshots of the horrific nuclear accident at Fukushima Japan 2011 and the 7 years that have unfolded since.
None of us can imagine the reality of what it must be like living with radiation risk – you can't see it, you can't trust your government to keep you safe from it and all around you people are suffering the fallout from it. The photos are separate insights into the situation that has developed since 2011. From the vastness of the radioactive waste build up, the leaking daily of gallons of contaminated waste water into the landscape and Pacific ocean, the constant risk of a further earth tremor causing a compounding nuclear disaster to questions of food safety and realisation that hot spots have been found in Tokyo. Each portrait tells an individual story that has been captured by Lis Fields the artist who went to see for herself what is happening now in Japan.
The difficulties that arise from such an event are unimaginable by those of us who live on the other side of the world. So many people see it as a disaster that happened ‘over there' but, as with global warming, the effects are being felt across the planet.
The collection has so many facets to think about, different view points that trigger thoughts closer to home. As I watch Hinkley C nuclear power station being built right next to the sea, which will have extremely high level radioactive waste stored for over 160 years, I can't help drawing parallels to the potential risk we are under here in Somerset.
For me the words of Mrs Yuhiko Aoki captured on one of the photos resonate loud and clear: “Please learn from Fukushima. Please learn from our mistake. You do not want to apologise to your own children, to your grandchildren, for making the wrong choice before they were even born. I believe no one in this world should go through what Fukushima is going through right now. I deeply hope my voice helps you make a wise decision”
Incredible co-incidence a shock
As I sat watching the Stop Hinkley sponsored ‘Little voices from Fukushima' film at the Creative Inovation Centre (CIC) in Taunton one Saturday afternoon, listening to the disturbing facts following the nuclear disaster after the Japanese earthquake on 11th March 2011, I find out that the biggest earthquake to hit the UK since 1906 was happening here at 2.31pm!
What an earth shattering co-incidence it was that the horrors that are unfolding in Japan, could happen here. Unseen radiation contaminated food, children with growths in their thyroid glands, distressed mothers not knowing which way to turn to keep their families safe but wanting them to lead a ‘normal' life, fractured families distraught with guilt, fear and huge anxiety that will never go away. All this could have been our future too if Hinkley Point B station had been just a bit closer to the epicentre. The aging reactors, already showing cracks in their graphite cores, are extremely vulnerable to any external movement such as earth tremors.
There can be no better warning for us all here in Somerset than the earth movements of that Saturday afternoon are telling us to stop nuclear power. We don't need nuclear any more. We need to move on to the renewable revolution that is happening around the world. Other countries are taking the moral high ground and making decisions for a sustainable green future and considering the carbon footprint of their energy choices.
Have a think about that when the next 300 Hansen lorries thunder past you to take rubble out to build the next Hinkley nuclear reactor.
Radioactive contamination is for life, for hundreds of generations of life. What we do now shapes the lives of the future people of this planet, and indeed mother earth is watching………….