Jean sent the following letter to the Evening Standard, The Guardian, The Independent and The Times yesterday:
Today, as the world reflects upon the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, we are reminded yet again of the increasingly real environmental and humanitarian risks of nuclear power.
The arguments against this unreliable and dangerous energy source are just as relevant today as they were in the founding days of the Green Party. Nuclear power remains prohibitively expensive and hazardous, risking catastrophic accidents that could damage our health, environment and economy for generations.
25 years on, we are starting to witness a decline in the output of nuclear power, while, on the other hand, renewable energy is booming, with renewable capacity ahead of nuclear power in terms of installed capacity for the first time in 2010. We now have a completely viable, safe and sustainable alternative for power generation, namely renewable energy. All that is lacking is the political will to finally ensure a safe and sustainable energy future for Europe and beyond.
It is the responsibility of the international community to ensure that no Chernobyl or Fukashima ever takes place again. On this anniversary, I call upon governments and political leaders across the world to exercise their moral duty to this and future generations by committing to the permanent eradication of nuclear power.
Green MEP for London