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- PUBLIC HEALTH
- CLIMATE CHANGE
WHO knew there was an entire group advocating the independence of the World Health Organization. It's a worthy cause, and about time it happened. W.H.O. should not be making agreements with any special interest groups if it really intends to uphold its mandate of protecting world public health.
The constitution of the World Health Organisation (WHO),
states the following principles:
“Healthy development of the child is of basic importance ...”
“Informed opinion and active co-operation on the part of the public are of the utmost importance in the improvement of the health of the people ...”
In Chapter 1, Article 1 - Objectives of WHO, it states :
“The objective of the World Health Organization shall be the attainment by all peoples
of the highest possible level of health”.
But on 28th May 1959, WHO signed Agreement WHA 12-40 with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) which prevents WHO taking any initiative or action to achieve its objectives:the preservation and the improvement of health.
An analysis of the action taken by WHO in response to radioactive contamination,
from the start of the nuclear age up to the present day shows this quite clearly
and is what motivates our action.
|AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY AND THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION|
The estimated number of victims has been re-evaluated at 30,000. There is growing concern for the 600,000 refugees faced with icy temperatures and deprivation.
The cost in human life of the earthquake and sunami, which ravaged the north-east coast of Japan last Friday, keeps on growing. According to recent evaluations by local authorities, there will certainly be about 30,000 victims, taking into account the thousands of persons still reported missing in the coastal regions, the regions most severely damaged.
While a cold wave is settling over that region, those who have escaped, men, women, children, the aged, have to crowd together in shelters where the conditions for hygiene are precarious. Everything is lacking there, electricity, telephone, food, water, blankets, medicines ...
Nearly 600,000 persons have been evacuated in this way toward 2600 temporary sites, set up with whatever comes to hand.
This Boston Globe piece paints a portrait of Dr Caldicott, it's subject would prefer focus remain on Japan and the medical dangers of radiation:
In a telephone interview from her Montreal hotel room, Caldicott pointedly rejected any “told you so’’ talk.
“This isn’t about ego, it’s about absolute devastation,’’ she said, in characteristically unsparing terms. “It’s worse than I ever imagined. I never thought six reactors would be at risk plus their cooling pool.’’ She went on to tick off ways in which the radiation released in Japan would poison the world forever.
None of her concerns about Japan actually made it into the article. Her life is fascinating. Dr Caldicott, however, remains focused on the issues, calling for a real discussion of radiation and the risk it poses to public health and the environment; in Japan, and around the world.
FOR BOSTONIANS of the late ’70s and early ’80s, a lecture by Dr. Helen Caldicott was a bracing, and often viscerally painful, experience. A pediatrician turned anti-nuclear crusader, the Australian-born Caldicott emerged as a national force in the wake of the Three Mile Island disaster. Her Harvard credentials and command over medical data on radiation exposure positioned her as a scientific expert; the painful urgency that underlay her every word, the abject fury with which she inveighed that life itself would be surrendered to “Nuclear Madness’’ (the title of her first book), marked her as a provocative activist.
DR HELEN CALDICOTT’S PUBLIC SPEAKING APPEARANCES
NORTH AMERICA/EUROPE 2011
Friday 18th March
Nuclear War and Nuclear Power;
The Ever Present Threat of Instant Nuclear War
and What We Can Do About It;
Nuclear Power Plants
and the Unfolding Catastrophe in Japan
1212, rue Panet (at the corner of René-Lévesque)
"If You Love This Planet, A Plan to Save the Earth."
The Outpost Performance Space
210 Yale Boulevard Southeast
Albuquerque, NM 87106-4014, United States
Monday 21st March
"If You Love This Planet, A Plan to Save the Earth,"
Unitarian Universalist Church
107 West Barcelona Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505-0673, United States
“The Nuclear Chain: If you Love this Planet”
Saint Paul’s University
223 Main St. Ottawa, ON
Updated blog from the Guardian/Japan:
Two key points:
The UK and the US will pull search and rescue teams tomorrow. It is thought this may be due to radiation levels. Also, radiation levels have RISEN after attempts were made to flood endangered reactor #3 with water from fire hoses and police water cannons thursday evening. TEPCO was quoted as saying emissions rose to 4000 microseiverts/hr.