39 Societies Sign Declaration: Nuclear Power Vital to Fighting Climate Change

by Sophie Prevot

On May 4, the presidents of 29 nuclear scientific associations signed a “Nuclear for Climate Declaration” during the International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants (ICAPP) in Nice, France. Ten other nuclear societies could not be physically present in Nice to sign the declaration but are supporters and will sign at a later date. These societies represent 50,000 members, including scientists, from 36 countries and three regional or international organizations.Nuclear4ClimateFranceGroup

The declaration urges all countries to access “the widest possible portfolio of low-carbon technologies available, including nuclear energy, in order to reduce CO2 emissions and meet other energy goals.” It further calls on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) protocols to “recognize nuclear energy as a low-low carbon energy option, and to include it in its climate funding mechanisms, as it he case for all other low-carbon energy sources.”

Nuclear for Climate (#Nuclear4Climate) is a grassroots initiative which brings together the many professionals and scientists of the international nuclear community, coordinated via the regional and national nuclear associations and technical societies. We acknowledge the unequivocal conclusions of the majority of climate scientists, as stated in the peer-reviewed Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th assessment report that human activities have contributed to changes in the Earth’s climate. We believe that nuclear energy is a key part of the solution to reducing and reversing the damage caused by carbon emissions from power sources.

This awareness and information campaign has brought together nuclear scientists from all corners of the globe. Their efforts to promote the environmental credentials of nuclear energy are being coordinated by about 60 regional and national nuclear associations, as well as by scientific societies (including Young Generation networks—the International Youth Nuclear Congress/IYNC, European Nuclear Society-Young Generation Network) and major nuclear societies all over the world.

It is important that as members of the nuclear community we pool our resources and amplify our voice so that decision-makers—before, during, and after the COP 21 talks—are left in no doubt that nuclear must be part of the solution to fight climate change. The main objectives of the initiative are to promote this reality, to reinforce the sense of pride that the nuclear community derives from knowing that it is contributing to the future of the planet, and to ensure that the final protocol that emerges from COP21 emphasizes that all countries are free to choose nuclear energy as one of the available options for reducing CO2 emissions.

Nuclear for Climate was officially presented during the 2014 American Nuclear Society Winter Meeting in November 2014, and ANS has been a leading partner. Several other countries followed with launches in France, Slovak Republic (in front of all European nuclear communicators), Turkey, and Japan.

These arguments will be relayed throughout the year, on the occasion of various events in the nuclear community. After the ICAPP conference, many other countries will present Nuclear for Climate during their national events, including South Africa, Korea, and Romania. Young Generation organizations will be also very active, with special Nuclear for Climate sessions held during the European Nuclear Young Generation Forum. The IYNC is also supporting this initiative.

We hope to make Nuclear for Climate a widely shared social media effort that gains worldwide attention. We are taping about 30 video messages from nuclear supporters while in Nice, and hope to have them posted on the Nuclear for Climate YouTube channel soon.

While we are using social media as the tool to spread our messages, this effort has the strength of sound science behind it. This is an important effort that must involve those in the nuclear science community who understand and believe that our world cannot meet low-carbon energy production goals without nuclear power. We hope everyone reading this will share it widely and add their voices.


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Sophie Prevot is International Relations Manager for the French Nuclear Society. Nuclear for Climate can be found on: Twitter: @Nuclear4Climate and YouTube. The American Nuclear Society’s Nuclear for Climate information can be found here.

8 thoughts on “39 Societies Sign Declaration: Nuclear Power Vital to Fighting Climate Change

  1. James Greenidge

    RE:
    The Mainichi
    May. 14, 2015 (Thu.)
    “M-6.8 quake rocks northeastern Japan…There have been no reports of injuries from the 6:13 a.m. quake or of abnormalities at nuclear power facilities, but bullet train services were temporarily disrupted…”

    Gee, it’s nice that they’ve such close watch on nuclear facilities but how’s everyone else doing??

    James Greenidge
    Queens NY

  2. Rudy Stefenel

    The Thorium Energy Alliance is having a conference on June 3 and 4 in Palo Alto CA on June 3 and 4. There will be lots of speakers talking about the environment and nuclear power, especially Molten Salt Reactors running on thorium.

    See ThoriumEnergyAlliance.com for details.

  3. Joseph Somsel

    This another tone-deaf mistake by the PR people in the nuclear power industry. The evidence is increasingly clear that “global warming” and then “climate change” are politically-driven frauds.

    NOW is not the time to jump on a bandwagon that has left the station. This will taint us.

  4. Dr A. Cannara

    Excellent. And here are folks from James Hansen to the Dalai Lama saying similarly…

    http://tinyurl.com/kn22qcn
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2486894/Scientists-urge-climate-groups-nuclear-power-warn-wind-solar-fulfil-worlds-energy-needs.html
    http://decarbonisesa.com/2014/06/30/another-climate-scientist-joins-calls-for-nuclear/ (Hoegh-Guldberg)
    http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/scientists-tell-greenies-embrace-nuclear-save-plan/2502717/
    http://www.coastreporter.net/climate-scientist-says-rational-threat-assessment-needed-for-nuclear-power-1.1776075 (Hansen)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXTPKGuQhzQ&feature=youtu.be (Hansen, U Iowa)
    http://www.science20.com/news_articles/james_hansen_to_mitigate_climate_change_nuclear_energy_should_be_included-154923 (Hansen at MIT)
    http://thoriumforum.com/open-letter-those-influencing-environmental-policy-opposed-nuclear-power
    http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/03/world/nuclear-energy-climate-change-scientists/?hpt=hp_t3 or http://tinyurl.com/m5qp8vf
    http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/24/more-views-on-nuclear-power-waste-safety-and-cost/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=1
    http://www.slideshare.net/Revkin/dot-nuclear-1-2214-lettersigned-by-4-nuclear-scientists-and-engineers
    https://www.facebook.com/download/823098194404759/An-Open-Letter-to-Environmentalists.pdf
    http://scitation.aip.org/content/aip/magazine/physicstoday/news/10.1063/PT.4.2433 (climate)
    http://tinyurl.com/82o6etd

    Ben Heard (former Aussie anti-nuke)…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzbI0UPwQHg
    http://atomicinsights.com/atomic-show-234-update-from-south-australia/

  5. James Greenidge

    NOW:
    No sooner than the Indian Point transformer fire was put out was Hudson River Alliance was already hawking spots of how unsafe nukes “inherently” are on New York-1 cable TV — a Time Warner Company. Plus proclaiming that this will impact any decisions on Upstate plants. Other NYC local stations are as berserk over this incident. Now is the time for nuclear professional organizations to get off their blogs and go mass media like the far less well funded nuclear opponents.

    James Greenidge
    Queens NY

  6. James Greenidge

    Good report, but it speaks VOLUMES when you don’t hear squat about this from so-called media science reporters on metro New York City cable stations who seem more concerned with reporting on windmills for Eastern Long Island and showing how to bike into the city every workday from 20 miles away.

    James Greenidge
    Queens NY