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
With the land available in Australia, only wind and solar make sense. I can understand that this may not work for other nations, but we are in a different boat here. I do not want nuclear power and it’s possible disasters anywhere near our nation.
Australia has excellent landscape and climatic conditions to advance renewable energies to power this nation – without the need for fossil fuels and nuclear power – all it needs is your conscience to commit to funding renewable infrastructure now.
We ask you to please strongly advocate for Australia to sign and ratify the UN nuclear weapons ban treaty – to avoid misuse of nuclear weapons.
Uranium is a dangerous substance to mine and process for nuclear power – there is no known safe way of mining or disposing of uranium or radioactive waste products – it is best left in the ground.
Old uranium mines ought to be sealed and uranium residue cleaned up surrounding old mines.
In addition, any necessary (medical, scientific) radioactive waste must be rigorously recorded, disposed of or securely stored for the foreseeable future.
Help keep our beautiful planet clean and allow us a fighting chance to keep all beings and ecosystems safe. Look to renewables instead of nuclear power.
End Uranium mining and exports. Clean up all old uranium mines. Say no to nuclear power. Say NO! to nuclear weapons including signing and ratifying the UN nuclear weapons ban treaty. Manage radioactive waste transparently and responsibly. This list is only the beginning! Unfortunately, this list is only the beginning of all the horrendous failings of our political-industrial regime. Standing up for living peacefully, sustainably, and caringly with each other, the whole of humanity, and all Life.
The planet needs a power solution that doesn’t leave hazardous waste
There’s enough radiation coming through the hole in the ozone layer. There’s plenty of sun – use it!
Destruction is the antithesis of creation. War and violence barring the rarest of times only breeds pain and greed. We must put our energy into creating good and motivating people to care.
What don’t governments get about nuclear waste and radioactive weapons? Criminally implicated in the contamination and degradation of our planet home
Please protect our environment, now and always, No Nuclear mining, NO Nuclear power, Stop Now, this unconscionable Commonwealth arrangement.
Our prayers for healthy options for humanity sustainable wellbeing
Nulgain!, means Wake Up! Who are the fools in government making decisions to murder humans wellbeing? Where are our human rights to mention, we do not approve of government deciding our future Nuclear STOP Now!!!!