To our elected representatives, we call on you to make Australia nuclear-free:
- End uranium mining and exports, and clean up all old uranium mines
- Say no to nuclear power – it is high-risk, high-cost and a dangerous distraction from real climate solutions, like clean energy from the sun and wind
- Take a strong stand against nuclear weapons – this includes signing and ratifying the UN nuclear weapons ban treaty
- Manage radioactive waste transparently and responsibly
From ancient rock formations to mountains swirled with ochre, this continent is a geological wonderland. Some of our minerals are even vibrant green – and radioactive. In fact, around a third of the world’s uranium reserves are found in Australia.
But we must leave the uranium in the ground to keep our communities and the nature we rely on safe.
Mining these radioactive rocks pollutes our air, soil and water. It can damage the genetic and reproductive systems of plants, animals and people.
All of Australia’s operating uranium mines have a history of leaks, spills and accidents – and none have ever been properly rehabilitated. To this day, radioactive waste percolates in the local drainage system of the now abandoned Mary Kathleen mine in Queensland.
Nuclear power is nothing but a dirty, dangerous distraction from real climate solutions like clean energy from the sun and wind.
And there is no secure, long-term solution to cope with the millions of tonnes of radioactive waste from mining operations, or the more risky and longer-lived radioactive waste from nuclear power stations.
Yet for two decades now, successive governments have tried imposing uranium mines and radioactive waste dumps on unwilling remote communities. Right now, they're pushing to ship, store and bury national radioactive waste on Barngarla country in South Australia, even though SA and Barngarla Traditional Owners said no to being an international waste dump.
Decisions on handling radioactive waste last longer than this generation. Let's get it right and make Australia nuclear-free.
Header image: Sea lions gather on the beach on the Eyre Peninsula. At the top of the Peninsula is Kimba, where the government is proposing to put a national radioactive waste site despite unanimous opposition from Barngarla Traditional Owners
Going nuclear in regards to our Power grid is absolutely necessary to maintain a reliable clean energy for Australia.
I really don’t understand why Australia has not done this 30 years ago.
Really life is simple live simply so others may simply live haven’t we learnt yet we only get one EARTH 🌎 Stop exploiting what sustains all life force stop.
Reliable energy supply – and safer than all other forms of energy generation…
It is more a sensible option than green stuff
I want Australia to be nuclear-free for several reasons. Firstly, uranium mining is dangerous and we already have a legacy of old mines left in a dangerous state. Secondly, nuclear power is expensive and not clean. Also, nuclear weapons are dangerous. And finally, we still have no solution for radioactive waste.
Australia and the world need to be nuclear free because their is no safe storage option for the radioactive waste and its transportation.
Damage to nuclear plants from conflicts or natural occurences cannot be prevented.
Rehabilitation of affected areas from damaged plant or mining of the raw material is hugely costly in human, environmental and monetary terms.
Aggressive use of nuclear weapons would be catastrophic for life on earth.
I don’t want our country to have nuclear for any reason. Keep Australia nuclear-free.
Nuclear power is dirty expensive.
Renewable power is clean and comparatively cheap.
I want Australia to be nuclear free because high risk to miners and destruction of the mining site.
I want Australia to be nuclear free .
I want Australia to be Nuclear Free because I would like the planet to survive.
Radioactive waste does not belong on this planet.
This is a massive health issue for us all, ridiculous to even contemplate, too much damage has already been done. Leave it in the ground, where it lives, so that we all remain safe from its toxins.
I don’t want to inflict nuclear wastes on my children and grandchildren for 300,000 years. Keep uranium in the ground.
I would like to hear the Federal Government’s plans regarding where they intend to store high level radioactive waste from the proposed nuclear powered submarines.