Solidarity message from MONTREAL WSF 2016

World Social Forum 2016 at MONTREAL

Call for mobilization for a world without nuclear power

Warm greetings from the people of Quebec to the people of Japan, especially to those from the Fukushima prefecture. We, as Quebec citizens, express our complete solidarity with the people of Japan in their quest for a nuclear free future. Although Quebec has never suffered the ravages of a nuclear explosion nor of a nuclear meltdown, we have come to realize that nuclear power and nuclear weapons are incompatible with a sustainable future.

In 2012, thanks to the numerous actions of citizens (including artists, medical doctors, and other professionals) Quebec became the first jurisdiction in North America to phase out of nuclear power by shutting down its only operating reactor. We strongly support those of you in Japan who wish to eliminate nuclear power from your society as well. The uranium that fuelled the Fukushima reactors very likely came from Canada, one of the world’s main producers and exporters of uranium. Here in Quebec we are keenly aware that all uranium ends up either in nuclear weapons or in nuclear reactor fuel, which inevitably becomes high-level radioactive waste. So it is far better for humans to leave uranium in the ground. Last year, at the World Uranium Symposium in Quebec City, an international movement was launched to ban uranium mining worldwide. We would be honoured to have Japanese citizens participate in this campaign. Quebec has already declared a moratorium on uranium exploration and mining and is now deliberating on whether to forbid it permanently. If the effort is successful, Quebec will become the third province in Canada to ban uranium mining. We encourage the people of Japan to join us in sending a clear message to the world at large that the era of nuclear power and nuclear weapons is drawing to a close. We also invite you to our World Social Forum at Montreal in August 2016, when we will be happy to welcome you.

Artististes pour la Paix
Coalition pour que le Québec ait meilleure mine – Dominique Bernier
MiningWatch Canada – Ugo Lapointe
Regroupement Vigiliance Mines Abitibi-Témiscamingue (REVIMAT) – Marc Nantel
Association de protection de l’environnement des Hautes-Laurentides (APEHL) – François Lapierre
Nature Québec – Christian Simard
Réseau québécois des groupes écologistes (RQGE) – Yvan Croteau
Syndicat de la fonction publique du Québec (SFPQ) – Denise Boileau
Gordon Edwards: Ph.D., President, Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, ,
François Lapierre: Porte parole sur les mines, l’uranium et le nucléaire pour l’Association de protection de l’environnement des Hautes-Laurentides (APEHL) et répondant de l’APEHL auprès de la Coalition Québec Meilleur Mines, ,
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Dr Éric Notebaert MD
 Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environnement
 Physicians for Global Survival (Canadian branch of IPPNW)
 David Suzuki Foundation