Fairewinds Energy Education was invited to showcase one of its feature videos for the Tokyo Peace Film Festival on June 30, 2012. The video selected for the Festival was "Fukushima Daiichi: The Truth and the Future." In the opening message, Arnie Gundersen makes the case for alternative sources of energy to power the future of Japan and ultimately the world. Fairewinds has an important message for the Japanese people: You Are Not Alone.
Arnie Gundersen: Hi, I'm Arnie Gundersen and I am speaking to you today from Burlington, Vermont. I would like to thank you for hosting our videos at the Tokyo Peace Film Festival and I would like you to know you are not alone. Two weeks from now, I will be in Italy and we will be discussing the exact same issues you are: the use of atomic power as a way to make energy, at a peace symposium there. So, I think the events at Fukushima have actually made the world one, to focus on the common issue of whether or not we want nuclear power.
In our book, "Fukushima Daiichi: The Truth And The Future", we talk about three important concepts:
The first is the condition of Unit 4, and how dangerous it is to Tokyo and to the world.
The second is the concept of hot particles and how they have wafted all over Japan and in fact, all over the world as well.
The third point we make in the book is that Japan's future does not have to be like Japan's past. You are at a tipping point. You have an opportunity to generate power in the future differently than the large nuclear plants you have had in the past. We do not need large central station power plants anymore. We can use distributed generation, smart grids, solar and wind, to power the future.
The Fukushima Daiichi disaster: it is something that the world regrets and if Japan takes the lead, we do not have to do it ever again.
Thank you for hosting this film festival and thank you for inviting Fairewinds to show some of its work here.