Thanks to Dr. Rumu DasGupta and Dr. Sachiko Komagata for the information assembled below.
It’s been a nearly a year since the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan also wrecked the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Now, months after the natural and man-made disasters killed and contaminated countless lives, what have we learned?
That’s just one of the issues that supporters of the “No More Fukushimas Peace Walk” hope to raise as part of a multi-city event that makes a stop at Georgian Court on Friday evening, March 2 at 7 p.m. in the Little Theatre. The gathering, which includes presentations from GCU faculty and other participants, is free and open to the public.
The walkers include 10-15 Buddhist nuns and monks, eyewitnesses, and people from all faith traditions who are being led by nun Jun Yasuda. The Buddhists are from the Grafton Peace Pagoda east of Buffalo New York. The walk calls attention to the implications of the Fukushima nuclear plant to issues of nuclear power safety in the U.S., including in our own backyard at Oyster Creek Generating Plant in nearby Lacey Township.
“Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Plant has the same design as the Fukushima Nuclear Plant whose disaster contaminated the land causing permanent displacement of 160,000 Japanese people,” supporters of the peace walk wrote in a press release. “The ‘No More Fukushimas Peace Walk,’ starting from Oyster Creek, will proceed to the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant and end at the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant to bring the message: ‘Shut Down Nuclear Power Plants!'”
GCU hosts include Sisters of Mercy Mary Bilderback and Mary-Paula Cancienne, as well as GCU sociology professor Kasturi DasGupta, who can be reached at 732-987-2336. The co-sponsor is the Jersey Shore Nuclear Watch.
Read more about the Peace Walk and take a stand at http://nomorefukushimaswalk.tumblr.com/.