Film Screening: “Into Eternity”
Below is a piece written on Into Eternity, a film that is being screened at Roxie Theater by Thursday June 2nd, by our member Carol Brouillet in indybay.org.
An award winning Danish film, Into Eternity will be screening this weekend in San Francisco. The film peers into the daunting question of containing the nuclear waste produced by the nuclear industry. With the situation in Fukushima out of control, concerned citizens are forced to confront the reality of the radioactive contamination of air, water, soil, food, ocean and the possibility of the nuclear disasters continuing and worsening, promoted by pro-nuclear governments. Citizens are mobilizing to monitor radioactivity and to shut down the nuclear industry.
Despite all of our differences, the future of humanity is bound to a technology born in the last century, the Pandora’s Box that tantalized scientists into attempting to harnessing nuclear power. Unleashed, the nuclear industry has terrified populations, invisibly threatening them with premature aging, cancers, a host of ailments, and birth defects, not sparing other species and life forms in the process. Shrouded in secrecy, heralded by the most powerful government, sanitized and promoted by the press, nuclear weaponry and nuclear power demand enormous government subsidies to exist while the costs and risks are born by the public. The scientists who witnessed and researched the harmful effects of radiation and began to voice their concerns were vilified and silenced. Those who championed the nuclear industry and developed the technologies were richly rewarded. Nagasaki, Hiroshima, nuclear tests, nuclear weapons, the threat of nuclear war have hovered over the consciousness of current generations, only gradually being replaced by the phantom threat of nuclear terrorism by rogue states and crazed religious extremists. In the wake of Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima, the greater threat seems to be human error, hubris, the inability of the entire industry to contain the deadly, deforming radioactive particles from threatening humanity, our air, our water, our food, our ocean.
Eighteen years ago, I was invited to a meeting at the home of Joanna Macy and the Nuclear Guardianship Project. At the time I had two small children and became pregnant which meant I was psychically, spiritually, physically concerned about my own children and their future. What I learned moved me deeply and during that pregnancy I edited a book entitled The Invisible Nuclear War – The Effects of Low-Level Radiation, the Massive Government Cover-Up, and the Continuing Battle Waged by the Nuclear Powers against All Life on Earth. We worked with Plutonium Free Future, an international grassroots organization working hard to halt shipments of plutonium and high level nuclear waste from France to Japan, as well as the development of plutonium fueled facilities in Japan.
The disaster in Fukushima was a stark reminder that even if the anti-nuclear movement in the U.S. succeeded in halting the construction of new nuclear power plants and nuclear weapons testing in the desert of Nevada, the nuclear industry has spread to thirty countries and boasts over 400 plants with an additional sixty under construction.
People rarely want to know that they have a fatal cancer, even when they are in pain, and there is a possibility for remission or a cure. Most people do not desire to probe into our species embrace of a suicidal technology, unless compelled to by painful necessity, such as the realization that they or their family, friends, or offspring might lose their life, health, or future. Government assurances that they are protecting the public and in control of the situation ring false. The reactors in Fukushima are obviously out of control, as radiation pours into the ocean, the air, contaminating larger and larger areas which are being monitored by independent, concerned citizens. Dr. Rosalie Bertell, author of No Immediate Danger: Prognosis for a Radioactive Earth wrote-
“An individual death process, such as cancer, does not always end in a swift death. Sometimes there is a partial recovery and some or many years of fruitful living. This usually reflects a whole-hearted ‘conversion’ on the part of the patient: positive thinking; wholesome daily habits of rest, play and work; consciousness of the nourishing qualities of food, air and water; carefulness in avoiding physical and mental stress; development of wholesome interpersonal relationships; professional assistance in minimizing the strength of the cancer and maximizing the healing capacity of the body’s defense mechanisms.
“First the illness is correctly diagnosed as militarism… Species death is seen as flowing from the violent control of the earth or peoples of the earth. Passive cooperation with the death process is no longer possible for those who choose life. There is personal and national dignity and freedom, whereby people neither accept oppression nor oppress others. There are moves to dismantle power, spread wealth, decentralize authority and restore harmony between people and earth. There is a unique potential to “blossom” and to find solutions. Whether or not it is possible to halt the nuclear death process, it is possible to slow it down and mitigate its effects. People can replace death dealing behavior with behavior appropriate to humans who share a fragile earth.”
SECRET FALLOUT-LOW-LEVEL RADIATION FROM HIROSHIMA TO THREE-MILE ISLAND by ERNEST STERNGLASS
No Immediate Danger, Prognosis for a Radioactive Earth, 1985, by Dr. Rosalie Bertell, “Part One, The Problem”
Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment by Alexey V. Yablokov (Center for Russian Environmental Policy, Moscow, Russia), Vassily B. Nesterenko, and Alexey V. Nesterenko (Institute of Radiation Safety, Minsk, Belarus). (Available at www.tucradio.org/Yablokov_Chernobylbook.pdf)
Voices from Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexievic
A is for Atom– a film by Adam Curtis
From Hiroshima to Fukushima, 1945-2011 by Dr. Anthony J. Hall
Welcome to the Atomic Village by Stoneleigh
Anti-Nuclear Ballot Measure Starts Circulating by Josh Richman
Get Involved- Organizations-
A Rally in Solidarity with the People of Japan will be held in San Francisco June 10th 3:30-5:30 pm at the Japanese Consulate (See – www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=218843821468487)
Citizen Monitoring Radiation Sites-
Next week’s June 2, 2011 Community Currency Radio Show is with Ed Ellsworth on Empowering Citizens, Monitoring and Halting the Nuclear Industry.