Global Green USA and the Embassy of Ukraine organized a meeting yesterday to discuss the significant challenges people continue to face in the aftermath of the accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986, one of the major tragedies of the 20th century. Through their presentations, the expert speakers told us how recent events in Japan are a stern reminder that the international community has disregarded many of the important lessons from Chernobyl. (It was recorded on the C-SPAN website, with introductory remarks from the Ukrainian Ambassador and Dr. Paul Walker, Director of the Global Green’s Security and Sustainability Program.)
I was personally amazed how many people showed the interest to this discussion. Participants came from a variety of relevant fields, including nuclear engineering, environmental affairs, public health, arms control and nonproliferation, government, academia, private industry, and the NGO community. Even the C-SPAN crew guys were listening carefully; it turned out one of them lives near the nuclear plant.