This blog article provides a detailed and clear breakdown of the hazards faced by the entire planet for the next 400,000 years since the advent of Nuclear technology and the ongoing release of radionuclides of less than 1 micron in size or “fuel fleas” as they have also been named.
As previously discussed in detail here the emissions at Fukushima will have an ongoing impact on all life on earth for the next 400,000 years. Do we really think we can stop the next big one from happening?
It refreshing to see the Japanese are not simply letting their Political leaders get away with restarting the idled nuclear reactors. There are regular weekly protests outside the Prime Ministers residence with the last one having over 40,000 people attend to voice their disapproval of the pending decision to restart two of the idled reactors.
However the Japanese are facing a severe existential crisis. Do they want to continue propping up the status quo and targeting exponential growth requiring ever greater amounts of energy to enable to constant growth rate or do they want to find a new way to live peacefully and sustainably on this planet?
It’s a difficult decision for society to while it’s painfully obvious for individuals. Japan is faced with the urged to retain their status as one of the worlds largest economies while attempting to become the most forward thinking and enlightened society on the planet. Does enlightenment come through greed and power or through cooperation and ever greater efficiency in the distribution and use of precious non renewable resources.
Japanese love their tuna and seafood is the staple diet but do the Japanese want to eat radioactive rice and fish and become the foremost example of genetic mutation due to radiation from their own lust for economic growth? Will the ensuing drop in population cause a major change in thinking or will it just mean the survivors don’t have to share so much with their neighbours.