Peace and Disarmament

Back to listOct 19, 2011

Public Forum "From Hiroshima to Fukushima" held in Australia

Dr. Tilman RuffDr. Tilman Ruff, chair of ICAN

On October 19, the SGI-Australia Community Centre in Melbourne, Victoria, hosted "From Hiroshima to Fukushima: Paths to a Nuclear-Free Future," an International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) public forum event. Guest speakers included Mr. Steve Leeper, chair of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, and Dr. Tilman Ruff, chair of ICAN and associate professor at the Nossal Institute for Global Health at the University of Melbourne.

Mr. Leeper spoke of the destructive power of nuclear weapons and of international efforts toward nonproliferation and nuclear disarmament, and highlighted the role of dialogue in these efforts.

In his talk, Dr. Ruff showed a series of photos of the devastation following the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami in Japan, which he took during a research trip. He also described his visit to Fukushima where he observed high levels of radiation due to the damage caused to the Daiichi nuclear power plant by the powerful tsunami, and stressed the importance of seeking green alternatives to nuclear power.

[Adapted from a report from SGI-Australia (SGIA); photo courtesy of SGIA]