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The first catastrophe: The Meltdown
Saturday, April 26 1986, 1:23 am. Block 4 of the nuclear power plant at Chernobyl explodes. 180.000 kilos of highly radioactive material is inside the reactor. That is equal to 1000 Hiroshima bombs. At least 200 different radioactive isotopes are catapulted into the atmosphere.

The second catastrophe: The Cover-Up
The effects of the accident are still being suppressed, covered-up, played down, minimised. Even today WHO claims there were "only" 56 deaths. Hundreds of thousands were and still are being affected: in Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Poland and also in western and northern Europe. Many victims have been neglected and remain without any help at all.

Chernobyl - should have been the beginning of the end of nuclear energy. The Chernobyl catastrophe should be synonymous with the understanding that nuclear energy is neither technically under our control, neither can it prevail politically. The civilian use of nuclear energy is inextricably linked with severe health, security, ecological, political, economic and social risks.

20 years after Chernobyl this knowledge is being suppressed more and more. The phasing-out of nuclear energy is being called into question both nationally and internationally. Moreover the nuclear threat grows constantly since almost all of the components of the nuclear cycle are "dual-use" technologies and processes. Thus the civilian and military uses of nuclear energy can barely be separated from one another.

Sun not Nukes
The knowledge that nuclear and fossil energies have to be urgently replaced by renewables must prevail; it is necessary ecologically, economically and politically. Only renewable energy can guarantee sustainability!

You are invited to join us
More than 70 experts from Germany, Russia, Ukraine, France, Belarus, the USA, and Switzerland will:

  • Exchange information about the effects of Chernobyl,
  • Discuss the threat to life posed by radioactivity,
  • Present solutions to achieve a nuclear-free world, and
  • Seek possibilities for action.

Programme Coordination
IPPNW Germany

Frank Uhe
Koertestr. 10, 10967 Berlin
Tel. +49 - 30 - 69 80 74 0
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Email: ippnw@ippnw.de