Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster….Five years later



Five years?  Is it possible?  Tomorrow or is it today, the fifth anniversary?  So many years, and still, as I understand, the power plant is leaking radiation which is traveling toward our Pacific Coast.  The Japanese who have been in charge of the clean up have 90 million plastic bags of soil full of radiation, and they’re placing them in pyramids in fields.  How safe is that?  So there’s no solution to this external waste, and that’s without even getting inside the plant.

Radiation inside the plant has melted the circuitry of the robots. Analysts and experts say this will take decades to clean up.  Three Mile Island, here in Pennsylvania, took 14 years to clean up and correct, and Fukushima is soooo much worse a calamity.  70% of the Japanese oppose nuclear energy now which is not surprising.  The only surprising aspect is why that figure isn’t 100%.

Today President Obama and Prime Minister trudeau signed an environmental agreement to reduce methane emissions which are far more toxic to the atmosphere than even carbon dioxide.  I’m grateful for their leadership on this issue because there are still so many in the country who deny that the rampant climate change has any human cause. For human health and the survival of the globe, we have to do more.  Canada and America have been big polluters, so it’s reason for hope that these men will continue to forge additional agreements and inspire other countries’ leaders to begin curbing their pollution.

Countries, like India, with the world’s most polluted city, Delhi, might alter its ways. Only if we attack climate change can we expect to live richly and fully and bestow longevity to the world for future generations.


About Sally Hobart Alexander

Blinded at the age of twenty-six, I left California and elementary school teaching for life in Pittsburgh, Pa. There, I met my husband, got a Masters' degree in social work, had two kids, now 35 and 32, and became a writer. Surprisingly, the writing career led me full-circle to teaching, and I teach in Chatham University's M.F.A. program and lead two writing critique groups. Always, since the age of 26, I have traveled, not in the stereotypic darkness attributed to blindness, but a mist. My blog then, "traveling through the mist" will deal with issues in my culturally different life as a blind writer, teacher, speaker, and human being.
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