A few days ago, radiation concentrations of over 10 Sievert per hour were measured at the crippled Fukushima power plant (exceeding instrument scales and potentially constituting a deadly dose to humans). The massive cooling and radioactive water storage and treatment problems at the plant remain unresolved. Over an estimated one billion bequerels of radioactivity are said to continue to leak from the plant each day. For months, residents from beyond the Fukushima evacuation zone have been pleading with the Japanese government to be evacuated from highly contaminated areas and justly compensated. Japanese school children continue to be exposed to high levels of radiation and parents have observed symptoms of radiation sickness in their children. The greatest industrial accident of global proportions of this century (if not in history) continues to unfold while most of the world—including Canada—has chosen to look away, ignoring the need to support the Japanese people and to carefully examine the global, national and local health and environmental impacts of Fukushima radionuclides carried to and beyond our shores by the jet stream and powerful ocean currents.
We are deeply concerned about the lack of awareness, research and monitoring data regarding radiation effects on the health and well-being of the people, especially children, who may be impacted by the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan or by future nuclear accidents that could strike in Canada or the US.
Since April, we have contacted local and national media, environmental and health organizations, responsible government agencies and individuals with concerns over the lack of transparent and comprehensive radionuclide monitoring and reporting in Canada. On August 4, the Georgia Straight ran an article on “Fukushima Fallout”, reporting, among other concerns, that air radiation measurements in several Canadian cities exceeded legislated maximum concentrations after the Fukushima disaster; that Canadian radionuclide monitoring and reporting is lacking transparency and consistency; and that there are many concerned health professionals, including those interviewed in the article (http://www.straight.com/article-415211/vancouver/fukushima-brings-big-radiation-spikes-bc). There is a lot that must and can be done to change the status quo. And You can make a difference.
We are initiating a collaborative radiation awareness, monitoring and research initiative across Canada. We intend to network with interested organizations and individuals concerned with public health, the environment, renewable energies and sustainable agriculture and food production.
We want and need to know whether the air we breathe contains highly carcinogenic “hot particles” from Fukushima, and if dangerous radionuclides have seeped into our soils during three months of heavy rains this spring and are now taken up by locally grown food crops, including leafy greens, fresh fruit and mushrooms. We want to know if such radionuclides are present in goat and cow’s milk from animals grazing on fresh grass; in our rain and drinking water; or in Pacific seafood and seaweed. And if so, we want and need to know if the concentrations or future bioaccummulations pose any long-term health risks for us, our children and future generations. We want to know the truth. It is not just a matter of preserving our health and environment. It is also a matter of standing up for our democratic rights and responsibilities.
Therefore, we are moving forward with a collaborative approach to
-request comprehensive, coordinated government radionuclide monitoring and reporting in Canadian air, water and food and in Japanese imports, including screening for Plutonium, Strontium and Uranium
-collect and test food, seafood, soil, water and rain samples from across British Columbia, Canada and beyond for the presence of man-made radionuclides through a certified lab
-share results and related information on a public website
-increase public information and awareness on the health and environmental impacts of radiation.
-support the Japanese people in highly contaminated areas.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are willing to participate in or contribute to our initiative, so we can incorporate you into our roster of testers and supporters. More details of assistance needed can be found here. You can also find pertinent back-ground information and resources on this site by browsing through the pages on the right side bar.
We truly appreciate your concern and assistance. Please consider sharing this information with interested colleagues or friends.