Foreign Agent

Call for solidarity with the Russian environmental organization Ecodefense

In July 2014, the Russian Ministry of Justice declared the environmental organization Ecodefense as so called foreign agents. After successful international protests – for example, uranium transports from the Westphalian town of Gronau to various interim storage facilities in the open air at Russian sites could be stopped, the construction of a nuclear power plant in the Kaliningrad exclave was prevented and along with South-African activists, Ecodefense played a key-role in halting the scheme to build 8 Russian nuclear reactors in South Africa – the Russian judiciary used this undemocratic instrument.

Since then, the non-governmental organization (NGO) must be observed more closely and additionally monitored. Ecodefense defends itself against the allegations of the Russian Ministry of Justice and emphasizes its independence. So far, several penal orders have been issued against the NGO, which Ecodefense has not obeyed. A personal penalty order against the director of the NGO was obeyed, the consequence was made in order not to suspend the director personally to the pressure of state power.

In the first week of February 2019, the Ministry of Justice escalated the situation: three more personally addressed punitive orders were sent and another two million rubles (about 28,000 euros) in two fines against the NGO, and Ecodefense’s account was frozen.

Ecodefense is a member of the Climate Action Network and, like the Bürgerinitiative Umweltschutz Lüchow-Dannenberg, participates critically in the global climate conferences in the alliance Don‘t Nuke The Climate. Since 2007, BI members and directors have known and appreciated the professionalism of the independent environmental organization Ecodefense, which works to protect the population from environmental damage and contributes to environmental education and information.

International solidarity

In view of intensified repression against Ecodefense, we are calling for international organizations and people to solidarity. This petition can and should be signed, shared and everyone is encouraged to write own reports on what is happening.

The petition signatures will be handed over to Federal Environmental Minister Svenja Schulze in mid-March, with the urgent request to hand in the signed petitions to the Russian Minister of Justice, Alexander Konowalow, and claim that Russian authorities also pledge to comply with international human rights conventions with Russian environmental organizations.

Redesigning the Uranium Resources Pathway ?

Draft ECE Energy series No.57

Please find these comments for your consideration from the Australian Conservation Foundation, a leading national environmental organisation with a long standing interest and engagement in uranium and nuclear issues. For any further comment, clarification or supporting materials please contact Dave Sweeney on dave.sweeney@acf.org.au

ACF and wider civil society groups in Australia do not share or support the underlying rationale of this initiative and do not accept that uranium/nuclear power has a key or growing role in contributing to sustainable development or the attainment of the 2030 Agenda. This fundamental assumption is actively contested as we maintain that it is renewable energy that provides the safer. cleaner, more cost effective and deployable energy pathway.

Worldwide, a record amount of new renewable power capacity has been installed every year over the past decade. Renewables accounted for 26.5 per cent of global electricity generation in 2017 compared to nuclear’ s 10.3 per cent.

In January, Australia’s Climate Council ‒ comprising our leading climate scientists and other policy experts ‒ issued a policy statement concluding that nuclear power plants „are not appropriate for Australia – and probably never will be. Nuclear power stations are highly controversial, can’t be built under existing law in any Australian state or territory, are a more expensive source of power than renewable energy, and present significant challenges in terms of the storage and transport of nuclear waste, and use of water,“ the Climate Council said.

ACF challenges the growth assumptions for the nuclear sector that underpin this initiative, including the possible future role of SMR (Small Modular Reactor) technology. Only a few SMRs have been built and the scale means they will likely be even more uneconomic than large, conventional reactors. William Von Hoene, senior vice-president at US energy giant Exelon, said last year SMRs were „prohibitively expensive … in part because of the size and in part because of the security that’s associated with any nuclear plant“.

ACF’s view on the constraints facing the nuclear power sector and why it is unlikely to play a significant role in addressing the challenges posed by the real and pressing need to embrace a low carbon energy future are well reflected in WISE/NIRS Nuclear Monitor, 25 June 2016, ‚Nuclear power: No solution to climate change‘

ACF is disappointed that the discussion around SLO (Social Licence to Operate) fails to explicitly acknowledge and address the disproportionate impact the uranium and nuclear sector has on the lands and lives of Indigenous peoples – and the role they have and do play in challenging this sector globally. This omission is glaring and profoundly undermines the credibility of any process that seeks to promote sustainability. ACF is a proud member of the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance – ANFA is a network of industry affected Aboriginal people and civil society supporters.

Systemic Aboriginal disadvantage has not been addressed by mining operations and most mining agreements have failed to deliver lasting benefits to Indigenous communities. Indigenous peoples ability to exercise full, free, prior and informed consent and effective input into the activities of mining operations on their traditional lands is compromised by severe capacity and procedural constraints. The legal and approvals framework governing the uranium sector should be changed to address this power imbalance.

ACF also notes the absence of a detailed assessment of the nuclear proliferation/safeguards issue and is further disappointed that much of the framing around SLO concerns (e.g./ 5.1.1) is expressed in terms of ‘anxiety’. This is reductionist and patronising. Critics of the nuclear and uranium sectors are not fear-filled or anxious, rather they are cognisant of the very significant gap between the sector’s promises and its performance. The failure of the Uranium 4.0 approach to genuinely engage with the concerns articulated by critics of the nuclear sector is not consistent with the initiatives stated purpose.

ACF welcomes the acknowledgement (3.12.2) that past industry rehabilitation and closure practises are ‘no longer acceptable’. As is the case in other nations, there is a history of sub-standard mine rehabilitation in the Australian uranium sector and an urgent need to address the long-term impacts of the Australian uranium sector in a way that does not allow cost shifting from mining companies to the public purse. This is a particular focus of attention now in relation to the current rehabilitation and closure activities at the heavily impacted Rio Tinto/ Energy Resources of Australia Ranger mine site in the Kakadu World Heritage region in the Northern Territory.

In conclusion, the global uranium sector will be viewed and judged by its operational reality, not its framework rhetoric. The uranium sector remains controversial and contested. It is characterised by underperformance and non-compliance and is in urgent need of regulatory reform. Unresolved concerns over site specific contamination, tailings management, radioactive waste and links with nuclear proliferation mean that the global uranium sector continues to fail any measured sustainability assessment.

DAVE SWEENEY | Nuclear Free Campaigner

Nuclear Power Revealed as “Ambition Killer” at Global Climate Summit

Nuclear Promoters Pushed False Solutions to Global Warming, Blocked Ambition, Human Rights, and Equity in Negotiations

Katowice, Poland – NEWS ADVISORY – The Don’t Nuke the Climate Coalition issued the following statement on the conclusion of the conference:

 

“Nuclear energy confirmed itself to be a major ‘Ambition-Killer’ at COP24 this year. Most of the countries that blocked adoption of the crucial Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report absurdly and hypocritically promoted nuclear power and fossil fuels as ‘practical and realistic’ solutions to global warming. Nothing could be further from the truth. After 60 years of nuclear power, its track record and environmental impacts are clear: nuclear is too dirty, too dangerous, too expensive, and too slow to solve global warming. In fact, because of its failure as a technology, bad actors are using nuclear power as a convenient excuse to avoid taking real steps to reduce fossil fuel consumption. Poland’s plan to begin building reactors to start operating in the mid-2030s is a fig leaf to cover the government’s intent to continue burning coal for the foreseeable future.

 

“The promotion of nuclear power at COP24 was directly connected to the suppression and near-omission of ambition, climate justice, civil society, and human rights in the rulebook. Countries that are setting ambitious goals for renewables and efficiency are demonstrating real leadership. Renewables, energy efficiency, public transit, and electrifying heating, transportation, and industry can reduce global warming emissions immediately, sustainably, cost-effectively, and with the speed and scale necessary to meet the 1.5C target. Nuclear power cannot and will not, and the time, money, and political will wasted on it make nuclear energy a true ‘Ambition-Killer’ in responding to climate change.

 

“We thank the German government and Environmental Minister Svenja Schulze for doubling the country’s contributions to the Green Climate Fund, for signing and accepting our petition signed by over 4,000 people during the COP, and for Germany’s commitment to oppose the promotion of nuclear power and financing for nuclear projects through the Green Climate Fund.”

 

BACKGROUND

To avert catastrophic impacts of global warming, countries must sharply reverse course and begin making significant reductions in greenhouse emissions in the next 12 years. This is according to a major scientific report published in October 2018 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The chief purpose of the COP24 global climate summit, which concluded on Sunday, was to set forth a rulebook by which countries will make and achieve the ambitious commitments necessary to limit global warming to an average temperature increase of 1.5C, as well as to manage the impacts of climatic changes, distribute the burdens equitably, and protects human rights. Nuclear power interests actively worked to undermine those objectives at COP24.

 

The conference was chaired by Poland, which hypocritically promoted both coal and nuclear power, both of which will worsen global warming and its impacts. The conference was also blocked from adopting the IPCC report, by a group of four nations: the USA, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. The USA and Russia falsely promoted nuclear power and fossil fuels as solutions to climate change at high-profile side-events; and both countries are involved in negotiations with Saudi Arabia to develop nuclear reactors. The conference was also marked with anti-democratic repression of climate activists, with over a dozen people denied entry to Poland, and several activists arrested by Polish authorities, while nuclear industry trade groups were given special access to petition COP24 participants in support of nuclear power for several days. In the end, with much pressure from developing nations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), a rulebook was negotiated, but the ambition, equity, and human rights protections enshrined in the Paris Climate Treaty—and necessary to meet the 1.5C target—were largely left aside.

 

See other COP24 news from the coalition:

 

ABOUT the Don’t Nuke the Climate Coalition

The Don’t Nuke the Climate Coalition is a network of anti-nuclear organizations and networks from all over the globe that work together to keep nuclear out of the climate agreements and implementation of the Paris treaty. The coalition has participated in the global climate summits since COP6 in 2000, informing and mobilizing the public, advocating for climate justice and environmental sustainability, and watchdogging and challenging the nuclear industry’s efforts to promote its false solutions to global warming. The coalition is led by organizations in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, South Africa, and the USA. Over 500 NGOs from around the world have endorsed the campaign. Find out more at www.dont-nuke-the-climate.org.

 

For Immediate Release:      20 December 2018

Contact:        

USA: Tim Judson, NIRS     +1 301 270 6477, timj@nirs.org

Europe: Peer de Rijk, WISE-International          +31 20 6126368, director@wiseinternational.org

South Africa: Makoma Lekalakala, Earthlife Africa, +27 82 682 9177, makoma@earthlife.org.za

Germany: Kerstin Rudek, Don’t Nuke the Climate          +49 1590 21 54 831, kerstin.rudek@gmx.de

Austria: Patricia Lorenz, Global 2000       +43 676 4464254, patricia.lorenz@foeeurope.org

IPPNW: UN-Unterstützung für die Atomindustrie?

Die Ärzteorganisation IPPNW ist besorgt, dass die Nutzung der Atomenergie das zentrale Thema eines „Side Events“ auf der UN-Klimakonferenz in Katowice 2018 (COP24) war. Getragen u.a. vom Umweltprogramm der Vereinten Nationen (UNEP), der Weltorganisation für Meteorologie (WMO) und der Wirtschaftskommission für Europa der Vereinten Nationen (UNECE) diskutierte die Internationale Atomenergie Organisation (IAEA) am 5. Dezember 2018 auf dem Klimagipfel über die Atomenergie. Die Diskutanten beriefen sich dabei insbesondere auf das 7. Ziel für nachhaltige Entwicklung, wonach der „Zugang zu bezahlbarer, verlässlicher, nachhaltiger und zeitgemäßer Energie für alle“ zu sichern ist.

„Es ist skandalös, dass der Atomindustrie auf der Weltklimakonferenz Raum gegeben wird, um ihre kruden Thesen und falschen Versprechungen zu verbreiten. Atomenergie ist mit einer echten nachhaltigen Energiewende nicht kompatibel“, so der IPPNW-Vorsitzende Dr. Alex Rosen.

Nach Auffassung von Rosen geht es beim geplanten Bau von Atomkraftwerken wie aktuell in Großbritannien nicht um Klimaschutz, sondern in erster Linie um milliardenschwere Quersubventionen für Atomwaffenprogramme.

„Im Interesse des Klimaschutzes brauchen wir einen Ausbau Erneuerbarer Energien in Verbindung mit Stromspeichern, nicht überteuerte Atomkraftwerke, die die Netze mit Atomstrom verstopfen und dadurch die Entwicklung von erneuerbaren Energien behindern“, so Rosen.

Die „Don’t Nuke the Climate Coalition“, an der auch die Ärzteorganisation IPPNW beteiligt ist, hat auf der UN-Klimakonferenz in Katowice 2018 (COP24) gegen die Nutzung der Atomenergie protestiert. Der deutschen Vertreterin auf der Konferenz, Bundesumweltministerin Svenja Schulze, wurden mehrere tausend Unterschriften mit dem Ziel überreicht, den Bestrebungen der Atomlobby zu begegnen. Schulze hatte zugesichert, auf der Klimakonferenz keine Stellungnahmen zu unterstützen, die Atomenergie als Lösung für die Klimaproblematik darstellen.

  • Kontakt: Henrik Paulitz, Referent für Energiepolitik, Tel. 06257-505-1707, Deutsche Sektion der Internationalen Ärzte für die Verhütung des Atomkrieges (IPPNW), Körtestr. 10, 10967 Berlin, Email: paulitz@ippnw.de, www.ippnw.de

Why the UK Labour Party — and everyone — should reject nuclear power

How many times have you heard people say ‘I would much rather not have nuclear power but we need it to combat climate change’?

This claim has been made so many times by the nuclear industry and its supporters that many people now just accept it as the lesser of two evils.

But the development of new nuclear power plants is actually no part of the solution to tackling climate change, and is in fact a big part of the problem.

read more: beyondnuclearinternational.org

3541 signatures handed out

Today we handed over our petition to german environmental minister, Svenja Schulze, 3541 signatures in three days… so far. Minister Schulze promised to stop the false promise that delay energy transition to 100% renewables. Also minister Schulze does everything to stop subsidies for nuclear power. There will be no german money for any green climate found for nuclear. Minister Schulze will not support any pro- nuclear statements at COP24.
Clear statement. Let‘ s step forward to a nuclear free world!!

Stop False Climate Solutions – Do Not Support Nuclear Power at COP24

The nuclear industry is aggressively lobbying global climate negotiators to promote nuclear power as a solution to the climate crisis. Pro-nuclear organizations are petitioning the United Nations COP24 Global Climate Summit in Katowice, Poland, to write nuclear power into the rulebook that will be used to implement the Paris Climate Treaty.

The Don’t Nuke the Climate Coalition and our allies around the world are in Poland this week to expose the false promises of nuclear power, and work for true, sustainable, environmentally just solutions to global warming: the rapid, just transition to 100% renewable energy. Please support our campaign by signing the petition below. We will present the petition to the COP24 Climate Summit and demand that climate negotiators promote only safe, sustainable, environmentally just, carbon-free, nuclear-free energy sources.

„Stop the false promises that delay energy transition to 100% renewables. Stop subsidies for nuclear power. Do not support pro-nuclear statement at COP24.“

Sign Petition Statement here

Media Advisory: Nuclear Power Violates Climate Justice, Human Rights

Media Advisory: 12 December 2018 at 6pm CET

Contacts:

  • Kerstin Rudek, Don’t Nuke the Climate +49 1590 21 54 831, kerstin.rudek@gmx.de
  • Makoma Lekalakala, Earthlife Africa, +27 82 682 9177, makoma@earthlife.org.za
  • Ayumi Fukakusa, Friends of the Earth-Japan, fukakusa@foejapan.org
  • Leona Morgan, Diné No Nukes, +1 505 879 8547, leona.morgan.nm@gmail.com

Nuclear Power Violates Climate Justice, Human Rights
Environmental and Climate Justice Leaders Call Out Nuclear as False Solution
Call On COP24 to Refuse Ambition-Killing Demands of Nuclear Promoters

Katowice, Poland – NEWS ADVISORY – Nuclear power makes climate change worse, and must not be promoted under the Paris global climate treaty, say environmental and climate justice leaders. Yet COP24 has seen a marked escalation in the promotion of nuclear power by countries and corporate interests that are resisting urgent action on climate. At the press conference, climate and environmental justice leaders from Africa, Asia, and North America will call on climate negotiators to refuse calls for nuclear power and false solutions to climate change, and to focus on a rapid transition to a carbon-free, nuclear-free world, powered entirely by sustainable, renewable energy sources.

Speakers at the press conference will include:

  • Makoma Lekalakala – Director, Earthlife Africa Jhb (awardee, 2018 Goldman Environmental Prize for Africa)
  • Ayumi Fukakusa – Campaigner, Friends of the Earth-Japan
  • Leona Morgan – Founder, Diné No Nukes

LOCATION: Press Conference Room Katowice – Area F Theatre

LIVESTREAM: https://unfccc-cop24.streamworld.de/upcoming

Protestaktion während der COP

Am Dienstag hat es auf der COP24 eine grosse Protestaktion waehrend des US Sideevents gegeben.

Wells Griffith vom US department of energy eroeffnete das Podium mit einer Erklaerung, dass es auch zukuenftig einen Mix von Energien geben werde, der alle Energietraeger umfasse, Kohle, Gas, Oel, Atomkraft und Erneuerbare Energien. Nach wenigen Saetzen begann eine Protestaktion; verschiedene Sprecher*innen von Nichtregierungsorganisationen widersprachen lauthals diesen menschenverachtenden Plaenen. Mit Sprechchoeren wie „Leave it in the ground“ und „What do we want? Climate jutice! When do we want it? Now!“ verliess die Mehrzahl der 350 Anwesenden den Veranstaltungsraum.

Die Klimafrage wird hier auf dem 24. Weltklimagipfel ganz stark zur sozialen Frage und vor allem zu einer Frage der Gerechtigkeit unter Menschen und Ethnien. Es ist sehr praesent, dass sich die Leidtragenden der Klimakatastrophe nicht lenger mit dummen Erklaerungen abspeisen lassen wollen, sondern echte Strategien fordern, mit denen das Leben vieler Hunderttausend Menschen noch gerettet werden kann, wenn es gelingt, die Erderwaermung wenigstens auf 1,5 Grad zu begrenzen.

Auch unsere Kampagne Don‘ t nuke the climate wird am Mittwoch eine Pressekonferenz zu dem Thema bestreiten. Bericht und Fotos hierueber folgen im Blog.

Inzwischen unterstuetzt auch der Bundesverband Buergerinitiativen Umweltschutz BBU unsere Petition.

Hier kann die Petition unterschrieben werden:
http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5502/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=26593

Wir bleiben munter und ihr bleibt am Ball!!