Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Dear friends,

Almost a year after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, we look at the aftermath of the tragedy and its impact on people's lives. More than 150,000 people fled the Fukushima area because of radioactive contamination. Most still can't go home.

If you could talk to a displaced individual, family, or community, what would you say? Join us in expressing our solidarity with the Japanese people by leaving your message, on our website or via Facebook, Twitter or Google+. We will be travelling to Japan to personally deliver some of these messages to the people of Fukushima.

Today, you can view 'Shadowlands' an online exhibition by award-winning photographer Robert Knoth and partner documentary maker Antoinette de Jong. It features haunting photographs from the Fukushima disaster area. As you view the beautiful landscapes you will realize something is missing: people.

"Nature is already taking over. In the early morning, monkeys look for food on the outskirts of villages, wild boars roam the fields, cranes majestically soar over breathtaking scenery, and there is silence." - Robert Knoth

The Fukushima disaster also reminds us that millions of people living near reactors anywhere in the world are at risk of suffering the same consequences of a major nuclear disaster.

Just in case you feel a little at a loss for words when writing your message of support, this is our message sent to the people of Fukushima via our Greenpeace International Twitter account:

'We stand with you, people of Japan, and call for a nuclear free, renewable future #msgFukushima'

Thank you for speaking out with us,

Dr. Rianne Teule

Nuclear Campaigner, Greenpeace International

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