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Canada’s nuclear industry plans propaganda campaign, especially in schools

flag-canadaCanada’s uncertain nuclear future article is based on Canada’s Nuclear Energy Sector: Where to from here? published by Canada’s Public Policy Forum. 2 June 2014“……One approach to address the concerns of the anti-nuclear movement is to work with environmental NGO leaders, to foster trust and a less-polarised dialogue. Such dialogues will be difficult and will take time: workshop participants said this approach was successful in the forestry sector, but it required much time and effort over two decades. To gain social license and broader acceptance, groups outside the sector will need to initiate the discussions. The start of this dialogue can be seen in the US, with recent efforts by some prominent environmental NGO leaders, who had once been opposed to nuclear.

The often passionate public reaction against nuclear power is a significant challenge. Extensive media coverage of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster in Japan, bad memories of Chernobyl and Three Mile Island, and common misunderstandings around radiation mean the public is often reluctant to embrace nuclear power plant construction or to view nuclear as a viable energy source. A key to success in both the UK and France has been including information about nuclear energy in school curriculums.

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By educating students about nuclear energy, both countries have been successful in helping to dispel myths around safety and security that persist elsewhere. These countries have shown that education could be a useful first step to engaging citizens in a more enlightened discussion on nuclear energy. Given the diverse energy sources in Canada, school boards would be wise to develop science programmes that explore all types of energy and allow students to be exposed to and learn about the positive and negative aspects of all of them.

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June 3, 2014 - Posted by | Canada, marketing

1 Comment »

  1. Stay away from our children!
    The nuclear industry needs to be responsible! Spend your time finding a safe disposal system for used uranium product before you attempt to teach our children what the industry doesn’t know, claiming that this is acceptable.
    I am a victim of nuclear contamination. There are no resources available that acknowledge, accept and assist an individual that has been dangerously exposed to radiation. So what is this industry doing messing with our children and denying the truth that they deserve, when they can not take care of their own employee’s?

    Comment by Dan Rudka | June 4, 2014 | Reply


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