2012 is going to see a major series of actions to end nuclear weapons and nuclear power. As In Depth News reported today:
A series of events are slated for the first half of 2012 in Asia, Europe and the United States to raise awareness for a world free of atomic power plants and nuclear weapons of mass destruction, according to data compiled by Abolition 2000 – the Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons.
The first in the series is a Global Conference for a Nuclear Power Free World in Yokohama, Japan on January 14-15. The conference is co-sponsored by Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center, Friends of the Earth (FoE) Japan, Green Action, Greenpeace Japan, Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies and Peace Boat.
The organisers expect it to “create a venue for people from all around the world to gather in Japan and respond to the reality of Fukushima” and “bring together the voices of people who suffer from radiation exposure all around the world, whether by nuclear power or nuclear weapons to learn from each other’s experiences.”
The Japan conference will be followed by events in Hawaii and South Korea, centered on nuclear weapons:
Some five weeks later, the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space will hold its annual meeting Feburary 24-26 on Jeju Island, South Korea, preceded by a mini conference and protest in Hawaii from February 18 to 22.
Next up is ‘Bikini Day”:
March 1, 2012 is Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific Day (‘Bikini’ Day) which marks the anniversary of the US ‘Bravo’ nuclear bomb detonation at Bikini Atoll in 1954. The explosion gouged out a crater more than 200 feet deep and a mile across, melting huge quantities of coral which were sucked up into the atmosphere together with vast volumes of seawater. The resulting fallout caused widespread contamination in the Pacific.
Events are also being planned for March 11, the anniversary of the Fukushima disaster:
In solidarity with the Japanese people, suffering from the Fukushima disaster Human Chain Against Chain Reactions is organizing chains of people to demonstrate at nuclear power plants and related facilities on March 11, 2012. The actions will call for an end to nuclear power and a transition to clean, safe renewable energy, says Alice Slater.
A number of groups are meeting in Europe and the Mediterranean to discuss an end to nuclear weapons:
To facilitate dialogue and build political momentum in support of the 2012 Conference on Establishing a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and other Weapons of Mass Destruction, Horizon 2012 – Sailing in the Same Boat Toward a Nuclear Weapon‐Free Zone in the Middle East is scheduled for March 23-27.
It is a joint effort of Peace Boat, Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non‐proliferation and Disarmament (PNND), and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).
Horizon 2012 combines land-based conferences with meetings on board the Peace Boat as it sails through the Mediterranean. The first Global Strategy Meeting of Horizon 2012’s Advisory Group was held on board Peace Boat in March 2011, and included civil society representatives from Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, India, the US, Japan and several EU countries, as well as UN representatives, parliamentarians, former military officials, international disarmament experts and Hibakusha (survivors of the atomic bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki).
Other events will include a conference in Civitavecchia/Roma, Italy on March 23-24, an onboard meeting as the Peace Boat sails to Piraeus/Athens, Greece, from March 24-27, and a press conference and upon disembarkation in Greece on March 27.
That’s just part of what’s planned for 2012. For other actions, here’s a link to the IDN article: http://www.indepthnews.info/index.php/global-issues/628-multiple-actions-planned-for-nuke-abolition