…and one year since the 3/11/11 Earthquake/Tsunami/Fukushima Meltdown triple disaster in Northern Japan. As spring sets in here I’m hoping this update and call for action finds you well and ready to continue dreaming of a nuke-free world with us.
Today TALK NUKES! will be rolling the kamishibai bicycle along the coast at San Onofre State Beach, to the south gate of the San Onofre Nuclear (Waste) Generating Station. In NYC an excellent event has been planned for 1pm featuring an English cover of the song “Human Error” by Frying Dutchman–if you haven’t yet seen this performance, please take the 20 mins to hear them out!
On the positive side:
- 52 of 54 nuclear power plants in Japan remain shutdown.
- San Onofre in Southern California is shutdown, too.One reactor is shutdown for scheduled maintenance, the other remains shutdown after a “tiny emission of radiation into the atmosphere” on January 30th.
- A California Public Initiative is in the works to shut down San Onofre and Diablo Canyon, our two nuclear power plants.
- Nuclear energy is slowly working it’s way into the conversational and mainstream news repertoire. Maybe not for everyone, maybe ever-so-slowly, but I do believe that the concerted efforts of a whole spectrum of activists and environmentally-focused leaders from Germany to Kyushu has something to do with this.
- The Talk Nukes! bicycle is up and running. We worked together to create 2 original stories based on history and shared stories. I didn’t complete the 50 readings in the way I’d envisioned doing it (50 points on a map type of thing) but by continuing to read from the wooden stage even as I made adjustments and repairs on the bike, I’ve done more than 50 readings–in about 15-20 unique locations across San Diego, San Francisco & San Luis Obispo. Almost every time I’ve done a kamishibai reading, I’ve had the pleasure of following it with a conversation, knowledge-sharing from personal stories & experiences, or enthusiastic encouragement to carry on with the project. So, I will.
- Sometimes people donate money after I’ve read. I hadn’t planned on that. Luckily I’ve got some extra media I’ve printed from the Kickstarter funds, so I’ve been able to offer stickers, posters and t-shirts in acknowledgement of their support. Anything I raise now will go to bike repairs and web-hosting.
- We’ve also been given permission to adapt the storybook The Invisible Bomb from the Japanese author Yoshiko Oshiba and Illustrated by Hayato Kato.
On the “yet-to-be-done” side:
- I’d like to get the 1950′s Raleigh bike in good enough shape to do a longer bike trip. Go from town-to-town. Meet lots of people & tell stories.
- I’m still looking to compile stories of parents and children post-Fukushima in Japan.
- I need to build a working, easy-to-understand method for uploading and sharing viewer-submitted stories for kamishibai. help!?
- I’ve put so much effort into what for me has been a new medium of storytelling, kamishibai, that I haven’t done the best job documenting the way I might have normally: photos, videos, vlogs, etc. A friend recently offered to work with me on documenting with video. I’ll take her up on the offer. ( I do try and post regular updates on the Talk Nukes! Flickr account, though)
- there are still 4,000 tons of high-level waste sitting in temporary storage just 48 miles up the coast from where I live, and undoubtedly within a few hundred miles from where you live. The nuke industry still wants to move forward with the production of nuclear waste despite having NO PLAN for waste storage.
More updates soon including reflections on the 3/11 rally here at San Onofre.
(copied from : http://talknukes.com/2012/03/11/talk-nukes-its-been-6-months/)