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SHINE Chernobyl Anniversary Event Coincides With Japan's Nuclear Crisis -- Vision.org


April 13, 2011 - Pasadena, CA

Two weeks before memorial events across Europe are slated to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, the Japanese government raised the severity of the Fukushima accident from a five to a seven, making it the first to be rated comparable to Chernobyl.

Twenty-five years ago -- April 26, 1986 -- Reactor Number Four of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant melted down in a nuclear energy disaster that -- until now -- has not been equaled. The Chernobyl nuclear energy accident unleashed 400 times more radiation into the earth's atmosphere than did the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. While the nuclear crisis in Japan was triggered by a massive earthquake and a resulting tsunami, the Chernobyl nuclear energy accident's official cause was put down to a combination of outdated technology and operator errors.

In "Chernobyl: The Silent Museum," Edwin Stepp, Director of Development at Vision Media Productions, explores the lessons of the disaster with Joerg Altekruse, founder of SHINE (Share Human Intelligence Nobility Energy), a new organization with a mission to inspire progress in sustainability.

As an organizer of the SHINE Chernobyl anniversary activities, Altekruse explains why the memorial event will have no live audience, but can be heard on radio stations or viewed via the Internet, television and in auditoriums around the world. The show will be projected in 3-D as a multimedia "energy sculpture" in the skies above the deserted site.

A quarter of a century after the Chernobyl nuclear energy accident, soil and other tests confirm that the region is still toxic. Yet despite the known risks, nuclear power is gaining in favor again as a substitute for fossil fuels.

Altekruse tells Stepp that we need safe, sustainable energy development, although he admits that this is not going to be easy because of most people's reluctance or inability to make such a transition. "It's too easy to just plug in to the existing power grid" instead of pursuing sustainable energy development, says Altekruse.

In light of the current nuclear crisis in Japan and the SHINE Chernobyl anniversary event commemorating the nuclear energy accident, Stepp encourages responsible sustainable energy development. For more on this topic, see Vision.org, Chernobyl: The Silent Museum.

http://www.vision.org/visionmedia/anniversary-chernobyl-disaster/41270.aspx

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