December 15, 2009, Copenhagen: Today, over a dozen NGOs participating in the international “Don’t Nuke the Climate” campaign presented government delegates with a giant postcard and 50,000 signatures calling for a nuclear free climate agreement. The NGOs were joined by prominent green figures including a former Environment Minister of France, Yves COCHET (French MP); MEP, International alter-globalization movement leader Jose BOVE , and MEP Yannick JADOT, Claude Turmes, Margrete Auken , Italian MP Angelo Bonelli, Roberto della Seta and Francesco Ferrante.
Speaking on behalf of the “Don’t Nuke the Climate Campaign” Charlotte Mijeon of Sortir du Nucleaire France said “ We are here to present the signatures we have collected in the last couple of months for a nuclear free climate agreement. In a very short period of time, 350 organisations from 40 countries collected 50,000 signatures from more than 100 countries on every continent. This shows that thousands upon thousands of people around the globe want a fair climate deal where expensive, dirty and dangerous nuclear energy is not part of the package.”
Reiterating the dangers of nuclear power Mijeon added “Nuclear power is a distraction from real climate change solutions. The nuclear industry is shamelessly trying to use the climate catastrophe as an excuse to become relevant to our global energy future. This however does not make any economic sense; for the same amount of money invested in wind power you can reduce double the emissions compared to nuclear without the potentially horrific side effects, including accidents and terrorism.”
Devising a post-2012 framework that will be effective in large-scale GHG reductions is a big challenge where these NGOs state that nuclear power clearly has no place. Even a massive, four-fold expansion of nuclear power by 2050 as proposed by International Energy Agency would provide only marginal reductions (4%) in greenhouse gas emissions, when we need global emissions to peak by 2015 and be close to zero as much as possible by 2050. Nuclear energy’s “contribution” to fighting climate change would come too late (long after 2020), with huge costs (US$ 10 trillion) and would create a myriad of other serious hazards related to accidents, waste and proliferation. These large costs and negative impacts make nuclear energy an obstacle to the necessary development of effective, clean and affordable energy sources – both in developing and industrialized countries.
Support for investments in nuclear power were excluded from the financial mechanisms of the Kyoto Protocol including the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Joint Implementation (JI) during the first commitment period.
The “Don’t Nuke the Climate” Campaign is calling on states to continue their investments from the UNFCCC into truly clean energy sources and to keep nuclear power out of the climate agreements coming from Copenhagen and beyond.