Australia is home to around 35% of the world’s uranium reserves and currently supplies around 20% of the annual global market. Uranium mining is a controversial and contaminating industry that has caused significant environmental and cultural impacts and is strongly contested in Australia. In October 2011 it was confirmed that Australian uranium was inside the Fukushima reactor complex when it melted down. Rocks dug up in Australia are now responsible for radioactive fallout in Japan and beyond. In the shadow of Fukushima many Australian civil society, Aboriginal and community groups are increasing our efforts to transition away from fuelling the high cost, high risk nuclear sector and calling for an energy future that is renewable - not radioactive. At a recent meeting of the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance - a network of Aboriginal, environmental and public health organisations that has been active for fifteen years around nuclear concerns and issues - this solidarity message was developed. We send it from our home in Australia with great respect and recognition of your work in India to advance our shared vision of a future free of nuclear threat and contamination.
Solidarity Statement from the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance
to the people of India
The Australia Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA) made up of
Australian Aboriginal Traditional Land Owners and their
allies, met from 5-7 October 2012 on the lands of the Arrernte
people in Alice Springs.
We are horrified by the violence and repression being
experienced by the growing mass movement in India peacefully
protesting nuclear reactors on grounds of health, safety and
loss of livelihood due to radiation risks.
We send our solidarity, strength and support to the brave
people who struggle against the nuclear reactors at
Koodankulam, Jaitapur (Maharashtra) and Gorakhpur (Haryana)
and we honour and express our profound sympathy for the five
people who have died in your struggle since 2010.
We are extremely concerned that from 15 October 2012 the
Australian Prime Minister will visit India to discuss selling
Our Prime Minister is breaking a long held policy by
negotiating sales deals with your country which has nuclear
weapons but refuses to be part of relevant international
We commit to redoubling our efforts to stop uranium mining so
that poison from our country will not contaminate your sea,
your water, your food chain and your gene pool.
We remain determined to stop Australian uranium being
exported. Uranium mining causes environmental and cultural
damage in Australia, and can lead to long-term damage
On a good day Australian uranium becomes radioactive waste.
On a bad day it becomes fallout.
We pledge to work together to promote and build safe renewable
energy power stations, as we work to close the uranium mines
in Australia and help in your efforts to close nuclear power
stations in India.
Our countries are linked by the ocean, our movements are
linked by a history of peaceful protest and we are linked
through a shared hope for a nuclear free future.
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