December 17, 2021
Christmas - a time for hope and renewal!
On December 2, 2006, more than 300 people from Indigenous Nations
and nine countries, including Canada, attended the Indigenous World
Uranium Summit at Window Rock Navajo Nation in Arizona.
Calling for a ban on uranium mining, processing, enrichment, fuel
use, and weapons testing and deployment, and nuclear waste dumping
on Indigenous Lands, the participants passed the Declaration of the
Indigenous World Uranium Summit, asserting that nuclear power - the
primary use for uranium - is not a solution to global warming.
Then, on December
13, MLA Peter Prebble, Secretary for Renewable Energy Development
presented his first report to Premier
Calvert which outlines the opportunities for Saskatchewan to achieve
its goal of becoming a North American leader in safe, renewable energy
sources and conservation. .didn't see the "N" word (N for
Nuclear) anywhere, of course!
Finally, on December
14, the Pembina Institute released its report, "Nuclear
Power No Solution to Climate Change". It confirms that, in light
of the generation of large amounts of radioactive and hazardous wastes
at each stage of the nuclear energy production process, the severe
impacts on surface and groundwater water quality through the discharge
of radioactive and toxic pollutants, and the release to the air of
smog- and acid rain-producing, radioactive and hazardous pollutants,
in addition to greenhouse gases, nuclear power offers no solution to
the climate change crisis.
Do we dare hope that our decision-makers will use this unique and
exciting opportunity to call a halt to the greed and madness driving
the expansion of uranium mining across beautiful northern Saskatchewan?
Or, do we watch it become a contaminated environmental wasteland,
unfit for any form of life for hundreds of thousands of years?
Which will it be?