The Goethe-Institut Washington, the German cultural center and partner of Ecologic Institute, organizes and supports cultural events that further the transatlantic dialogue regarding today’s challenging questions. One of our continuous interests has been in the wide area of sustainability and the overarching question how to achieve a better future. In this context we have been and will be organizing events parallel to the preparation of the COP 21 in Paris December 2015.
On July 16, the Goethe-Institut will host an evening discussion about the experiences and lessons learned from the disaster in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
The Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami on March 11, 2011 damaged three of six reactor cores in Fukushima Daiichi, resulting in the release of high levels of radioactivity and the contamination of seawater and large swaths of inland areas. More than 150,000 inhabitants living within a 40-mile radius had to either temporarily or permanently leave the area around the nuclear power plant. Remediation efforts can lower background radiation to global averages or below, but anxiety and other mental health issues may pose greater challenges to the people of Fukushima as they rebuild their lives and livelihood.
The two speakers invited for the event will discuss the challenges and insights gained from Fukushima, and the lessons we can take from this disaster. This issue is of particular relevance to Washington, as DC is situated approximately 40 miles from the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant.
The first speaker, Arifumi Hasegawa, is Professor and Chair of Fukushima Medical University’s (FMU) Department of Radiation Disaster Medicine. The second speaker, Kenneth E. Nollet, has been Professor and Director of the International Cooperation at FMU’s Radiation Medical Science Center.
More information and registration here.