|Nuclear Power: The Fifth Horseman, Dennis Hayes - click for more info|
A friend and poet, Margaret Randall, wrote the best response I have seen.
The Obsessive Reader remembers in the 1980s, after the 1978 Three Mile Island nuclear disaster, a beautiful, clear voice emerged out of the panic and confusion. It made so much sense that the orator was a pediatrician, a physician who cared for children, a small woman from Australia with her own children, who was outraged at our moral numbness. She was a scientist, a trained physician. What seemed to matter most as I listened to her voice on Pacifica Radio, and read some of her early books, was that Dr. Helen Caldicott was sane. She was angry, outspoken, shrill and repetitive. But she had not lost her senses, she had found them. And nobody was going to stop her from speaking out about the dangers of nuclear power, how crazy a path humanity had carved for itself. What struck me most of all, though, was Dr. Caldicott's love for people and the earth we live on. Her words and spirit communicated such a passion for life.
|Dr. Helen Caldicott, b. 1938|
During this time, humanity is panicked, confused, and grieving for the losses of our brothers and sisters in Japan, it is easy to forget about the power of life. That power exists, even in the midst of death. It might help give perspective, even hope, to remember the words of Dr. Helen Caldicott from a 1981 Phi Beta Kappa address to the Harvard chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility. In her speech, "This Beautiful Planet," she called the nuclear age, "
|Dr. Caldicott, in 1981|
For obsessive readers to learn more about Helen Caldicott's books and how to purchase them, click here. I join Margaret Randall in proclaiming, Here's to LIFE everywhere! Gracias a la Vida.