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
I was fighting against uranium mining back when Bjelkie Petersen was in power. Still have to fight against it.
I would like to see Australia sign the UN nuclear weapons ban
Nuclear power has no place in Nature, period!
Continuing with nuclear projects is jeopardising the future of both humans and the greater Web of Life on Earth – in the short-term. Humans need to rethink the unnatural and inequitable worker-consumer lifestyles they have been forced to live that require more and more artificial power to sustain. We must simplify and reduce our footprint if we want to survive our exploitation and consumption of the living planet’s “resources”, especially those resources that provide nuclear “power” to destroy the planet. Ensure a future that is nuclear free if you want to have a future for life on planet Earth, which was never created to be a resource for man’s Creation – the so-called “civilised” world – to devour and destroy insatiably until there’s nothing left.
Nuclear bad. Solar good. Fossil fuels bad. Wind good.
In going without nuclear now we doing our bit of the cost to safeguard the future for the coming generations instead of passing the downside of our nuclear impact on to them.
Solar wind and h2 much better options than Nuclear. Very expensive to build and very long term dangerous.
Why do we empower people who seem intent on foisting polluting sources of power onto us ?!
Nuclear fuel is bad news for everyone if we need a store there is a place called ACT which could be utilised it is an area of little importance with a few idiots living in its environs
Permanently Ban all toxic/hazzardous nuclear waste dumping in our environments in Australia nationwide
We urgently need a site that is mistake proof .