Friends of the Earth versus EDF

Posted on | April 6, 2019 | No Comments

April 12, 2019
1:00 pmto2:00 pm

Dear Friends,   We are meeting a week earlier this month because of Good Friday.  We meet on Friday 12 April in the Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich NR2  1EW. Our speaker will speak at 1pm sharp.  

We’re very lucky to have Rachel Fulcher to talk to us this month, for she is the coordinator of Suffolk Coastal Friends of the Earth (FOE), which is involved in a mammoth struggle with EDF Energy over whether another two nuclear reactors should by plonked down on the eroding Suffolk coast or not.

To hear from a Non-Governmental Organisation like FOE is also valuable for the United Nations Association. The UN has an unfortunate glitch among its agencies, as since 1959 two of the UN agencies, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the World Health Organisation, have had a binding agreement with each other to limit any bad news that gets out about nuclear power. The IAEA is the stronger body, reporting to the Security Council while the WHO reports to the General Assembly, and the IAEA’s mission is very clearly to promote nuclear power. If Sizewell is going to cost even more than it already will, to keep the sea out, we’re only likely to hear about it in advance from an independent NGO.

More generally, the Suffolk Sandlings are home to many species already endangered by us, so the additional risks to them of both climate change and human technology are things we should ponder on.

Hope to see you at this timely and important talk.

Best wishes,

Marguerite

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