Amelia Shea

Bombing and war devastate the environment and exacerbate the climate crisis

Recently, a friend dropped by while she was out campaigning for a local candidate. She was bundled for the cold and wore a small dove pin on her sweater.

When I asked about it, she said it had been made in Cambodia in an area that had been bombed. People who live there collect pieces of shrapnel from the bombs, she explained, and fashion them into dove pins. On the pins inscribed in very small letters is the word “peace” in both English and Kmer.

At times like these when the United States seems to be moving perilously close to another major war in the Mideast, it's wise to remember the toll that bombing takes on civilian populations. Water-processing plants, waste-disposal plants, and bridges are hit, as are caravans of families fleeing the violence; so are schools and hospitals. The uranium-tipped weapons leave contamination that has been shown to cause exceptionally high rates of cancer in surrounding populations over time.

Bombing and war are devastating to the environment and exacerbate the climate crisis.

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Protect sacred Abenaki land in process of VY cleanup

In the late 1990s in California, a group of environmental activists banded together to protect the ancient redwood forests from extensive clear-cut logging by the Pacific Lumber Co. The group became known as “tree sitters” because they built treehouses to live in - some of them 200 feet in...

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Learning from a catastrophe

When Japan recently announced it will be starting from scratch - building no new nuclear reactors and replacing existing ones with renewable sources - it joined Germany and Denmark in leading the way to a healthy sustainable future. It is unfortunate that it took a catastrophic, preventable nuclear accident...

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Factoring in nuclear’s high cost

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Taking nuclear policy into their own hands

In early November, a delivery of nuclear waste en route to a “disposal site” in northern Germany met with some unanticipated obstacles. Dozens of farmers lined the route determined to block roadways with their tractors, trees and stumps cut down by protestors blocked the routes, and more than 3,000 people gathered in protest outside the site deemed acceptable to bury containers of highly toxic nuclear waste. Several times police had stop and to clear flocks of sheep and goats from...

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Nuclear power produces|material for nuclear weapons

It is an honor to have a United States president awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. It has occurred rarely in history. It is important to remember in the discussion of the control or abolition of nuclear weapons, though, that nuclear plants play a critical role in providing materials necessary for the production of nuclear weapons. Nuclear plants, such as Vermont Yankee, need to be shut down, not only for the ongoing present and future danger they present to the natural...

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Nuclear consequences

On Feb. 25, the New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution sponsored a talk in Brattleboro by Dr. Wilfred Eisenberg, a German pediatrician who has treated children and families who were victims of the Chernobyl nuclear accident. He lectures widely on the effects of nuclear energy on children. Dr. Eisenberg started by describing a normal morning in their German household when he went out to their garden to pick herbs to garnish their bread and butter. Later that day he learned...

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