Japan plans to dump radioactive waste water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the sea despite major concerns about marine life and water pollution.
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Many people across Japan and South Korea have staged protests against this horrific decision. The Pohang Citizens Behavior, made up of six civic groups and residents, held a protest last week. Pohang is the main seaport in the Daegu-Gyeongbuk region, and they believe the fishing areas around there would be the hardest hit by the spill.
“Contaminated water discharged into the ocean will spread throughout the Pacific Ocean in 10 years and affect almost all of our sea,” South Korean Representative Seo Sam-Seok said when discussing how to unite with other countries to oppose the Japanese dumping plan. sewage next spring.
“Marine pollution will be inevitable, so government and political circles should act proactively for people’s safety,” he continued.
South Korea has banned imports of marine products caught in Japanese waters near the Fukushima plant. Not only would the spill endanger marine life, but it is also a major public health concern. The decision was made without input from surrounding counties, but it will affect them just as much as Japan.
Anna Malindog-Uy, a researcher at the Philippines-BRICS Strategic Studies, said: “If anything goes wrong with this sad plan, developing countries like the Philippines, like my country, we will surely be affected and left to fend for themselves. to suffer. the negative consequences.
“Japan should think twice before proceeding with its plan and carefully consult with countries that will be directly affected by such a decision,” she continued.
At the end of 2021, Tokyo Electric Power Company, the operator of the nuclear power plant, submitted a detailed plan to evacuate the toxic water. If approved, it is expected to begin in spring 2023.
“Given the interconnectedness of waterways and global food systems, Japan’s move could affect millions of people in far-flung spaces, including Kenya,” said Kenya-based international relations specialist Cavince Adhere.
“Japan is exposing the world to multiple and far-reaching consequences with the nuclear dump,” he continued.
Greenpeace has warned that the Fukushima spill could damage human DNA. Nuclear energy is not the answer to climate change, and we must move towards clean renewable energy.
This decision will affect the marine environment and public health worldwide. It is not a decision that a country can make because it will affect much more than their own country. Dumping into our oceans is never acceptable, and we must fight to save the oceans while we still can! Sign this petition to stop the Japanese government from dumping radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean!
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