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Study trips to the struck Fukushima nuclear power plants in Japan

In cooperation with Green Cross Switzerland, Green Cross Netherlands organizes study trips for about 30 to 40 Europeans to the struck Fukushima nuclear power plants in Japan.

This group consists mainly of journalists, scientists, politicians, and CEOs of companies. Over the last seven years, hundreds of people have been introduced to the nuclear drama in Fukushima.

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Picture: Cherry blossom trees (Sakura) in Hanamiyama park and Fukushima city view

Aandacht in de media

Many of the participants created media attention in newspapers, magazines and on television. Watch the video about the impact of the disaster with the nuclear power plants in Fukushima, with a special report of a delegation of sustainable energy company ‘Pure Energie’ in April 2018. Alfons Wispels, the founder of Pure Energie, said about the study trip: “You could simply feel how enormous such a disaster is. It’s not just an ecological disaster, not just a financial disaster, but what happened in Fukushima, is a social disaster.”

In March 2016, ‘EenVandaag’ reported on a visit of prof. dr. Wim Turkenburg (Dutch Fukushima expert) to Fukushima, as a participant of a Green Cross study trip in October 2015. View the program here. Turkenburg called the experience “highly impressive”. “I was mainly impressed by the societal disruption and social misery.”

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"You could simply feel how enormous such a disaster is. It's not just an ecological disaster, not just a financial disaster, but what happened in Fukushima, is a social disaster."

Nuclear disaster Fukushima in 'Het Klokhuis'

In the Dutch delegation of the study trip in April 2018, ‘Het Klokhuis’ was also present. They made a special episode about this trip, which has been viewed by 300.000 to 400.000 youngsters and their parents. Now that’s impact! Missed the show? You can still view it here.

Upon request of Green Cross Netherlands, the episode is being supplied with English subtitles. All 26 Green Cross country organizations will then be informed, so they will be able to offer the program to educational institutions in their own country.

‘Het Klokhuis’ offered the recording to the European film institute EBU. The EBU will make sure that as many possible public broadcasting studios in Europe will air this episode. With the result that millions of children in Europe will be able to take knowledge of what has happened in Fukushima.

Picture: Enormous heaps of plastic bags with highly radioactive waste in fields on the side of the road at Fukushima

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