Anti-nuclear summer camp 2017
- Nuclear Heritage Network's 2017 Network Gathering on July 17-23, 2017 in Döbeln (D) for networking, exchanging of experiences and knowledge regarding nuclear policies, skill sharing, preparing common campaigns, actions and projects and developing the network means, tools and structures of the Nuclear Heritage Network
- the last Network Gathering took place 2014 in Döbeln, Germany
Introduction to the gathering
In the middle between the Saxon cities of Leipzig, Dresden and Chemnitz an international anti-nuclear summer camp will take place to gather anti-nuclear activists, organizers and interested people. Due to our impression that in the last few years we lacked such a kind of international anti-nuclear gathering to exchange experiences and knowledge, to have strategic discussions and to strengthen the networks of groups and organizations in the anti-nuclear field, we have formed a group of activists from several European countries to prepare this event. This summer camp will be an opportunity to meet with interesting people from many regions of Europe and beyond, to prepare campaigns or projects, to do actions and to learn about atomic topics. It will also be a place to get to know each other in a relaxed environment and to get rid of every day stress.
There will be skill-sharing events, workshops and lectures, documentaries, an excursion to the abandoned WISMUT uranium mine and opportunities for public actions. Anti-nuclear experts as well as organizers and activists will share their knowledge with us. Everyone is welcome to offer workshops or presentations on topics they are working with. We hope many participants will tell about the anti-nuclear struggles or about the nuclear policy in their regions. This gathering will be a platform to talk about your current struggles, upcoming campaigns and actions. It would be wonderful if you have issues you want to bring up.
A big focus will be set on two topics we found very important for this event and useful to support ongoing campaigns and projects in the anti-nuclear struggles: uranium as material which is connecting many atomic fields, and the current attempts of the nuclear industry to extend the lifetime of reactors or to even construct new ones. We will especially get in touch with groups working in these fields so that you can expect to learn about backgrounds, strategies and opportunities to intervene. We consider the anti-nuclear summer camp to actually foster the battle of these groups by spreading the word, improving the co-operation between the several actors and connecting new supporters to their campaigns.
The venue of the anti-nuclear summer camp is the orchard of the "Project House". There is space for your individual tents, a few bigger group tents and other structures will be set up, too, and an outdoor kitchen will be the center of food supplies and group meetings... We intend to set up some compost toilets and a solar shower in addition to the sanitary infrastructure of the Project House. We want this camp to be family friendly to make it also possible for activists with children to participate. We also will do our best to help with support in as many languages as possible based on (non-professional) whisper translations etc. Please consider not to bring your dogs to the camp.
If you are interested in the gathering, please get in touch with us via email to "summercamp AT nuclear-heritage DOT net". We will also provide more information later on this event page.
Uranium is the material that connects almost all aspects of atomic power. It is the fuel used in most commercial reactors, it passes a number of stages of the "uranium spiral", it is connected to many radioactive shipments and it eventually also is part of the unsolvable problem of safe final disposal of nuclear waste. We are faced with issues posed by this material in uranium mines which mean large destruction of natural areas, radiation exposure to workers and significant health impacts on local residents nearby the mines frequently situated on indigenous land. Besides, uranium is used for atomic weapons and as "depleted uranium" (DU) it is part of armor as well as of armor breaking ammunition. The usage of uranium has an impact on climate change rather than providing a solution to it.
In the international anti-nuclear summer camp initiatives and activists from uranium mining and processing facilities will meet each others as well as campaigns against shipment of uranium in different stages or against the military component of the uranium industry. Basic and specific knowledge will be shared, mutual activities shall be developed. For anti-nuclear groups the gathering will pose the chance to meet interested people, to find new supporters and to get in touch with new partners for their struggles against the uranium industry. Besides, we will also have a field trip to the former WISMUT uranium mining area which formerly was the third biggest uranium producer in the world - and which today is subject to heavy greenwashing approaches of both nuclear industry and authorities as well as to ongoing failures in safe reclamation of the former mining facilities.
Struggle against lifetime extension & new construction plans
In most European countries lifetime extension of old commercial reactors is a current topic. Even in states which actually follow a „nuclear phaseout“ policy the question whether aging nuclear power plants will be licensed for some more operational years has been raised, particularly by nuclear lobbyists. Aging is a big problem in the nuclear technology. Due to the strong neutrons bombardment atomic reactors are faced to higher corrosion and thus to an increasing risk of safety breaches. The leakage of radioactive material is one issue, another one is the possible lost of safety mechanisms and thus of nuclear accidents.
A number of countries, e.g. Belarus, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, United Kingdom, are pushing forwards the construction of new commercial reactors – although at last the series of reactor explosions in Fukushima, Japan, in 2011 illustrated the impossibility to guarantee the safe operation of this technology. Though the proponents of these developments try to create another impression, all these new builds are based on the old reactor models that have been built before, too. Additionally the society these days is more and more faced to an understanding that no optimistic perspective is to be expected for handling the nuclear industry's residues. Although no safe solution can be provided anywhere in the world for the radioactive waste, lifetime extension and new reactors construction will massively increase the amount of nuclear material to be dealt with.
The international anti-nuclear summer camp invites activists and organizations struggling against new reactor constructions and lifetime extension to exchange experiences, inform about the situation in their regions and to figure how to strengthen the movement against these mad developments.
A first rough draft of program will be provided here presumably in spring
Please add here the presentations you would like to offer at the Network Gathering.
- Introduction to the Nuclear Heritage Network - presentation (Monday, July 17)
- Uranium transports & actions (Thursday, July 20)
- Spirits of Gorleben resistance
- Lifetime-extension: underestimated nuclear threat? (Tuesday, July 18)
- There are few nuclear new builds in Europe and many companies are reluctant to start them as they turn out to be way more expensive than anticipated and usually have desastrous effects on the economy and rating of the companies. This makes looking for lifetime extensions of existing nuclear power plants a seemingly valid alternative for nuclear companies. Which in turn makes the lifetime-extensions an important development to watch, when old plants are allowed to run 20 or more years longer, often without proper environmental impact assessments, public consultation, let alone transboundary consultations. The workshops gives an overview and explains the problem around the Ukrainian and Belgium lifetime-extensions in greater detail and looks into protest activities around them.
- Sharing stories of struggles & victories in North America
- Flashback on 30 years of Austrian resistance against EURATOM - presentation (Monday, July 17)
- From official disinformation on Austria's entry into the European Atomic Community to our government's complaint before the European Court of Justice (ECJ) against Britain's state subsidies for Hinkley Point C, crucial to any new build in Europe. - How we "discovered" the EURATOM issue. - Information on, and activism against, EURATOM membership, before Austria joined the EU - and ever since. - Building pressure on the government by a large variety of actions and instruments. - The attitudes of the political parties. - After Fukushima, carrying resistance from Austria to Germany?
- Without it the nuclear industry would long have been dead: the EURATOM Treaty - lecture (Tuesday, July 18)
- What is it that protects and supports the nuclear industry in the background, largely unknown? And shall secure a nuclear future for the European population even in 30, 50 and 100 years? And has never been changed since the nuclear euphoria of the 1950s-1970s?
- How has it been possible for the most criticized industry to survive "the biggest industrial catastrophe in history", and even proclaim a "renaissance in Europe and worldwide"? - Some EURATOM structures/institutions that secure privileges and protectionism for the nuclear business. Will they continue to thwart democratic control, reform and abolition of the anachronistic EURATOM Treaty?
- Nuclear policy in Belarus - lecture
- Viewpoints from Lithuanian anti-nuclear movement on Astravets NPP in Belarus
- Mayak disaster - lecture
- Foreign Agent repression in RUS - lecture
- International ambitions of Rosatom - presentation & documentaries
- France, the happy atoms land - presentation (Monday, July 17)
- This lecture is in 2 parts: First, a kind of short historical perspective on the French nuclear situation. And the power game between lobbies, politicians, activists and public opinion. Second, based on the French nuclear map with presentation of various installations, showing how the all-nuke choice is making the whole country rotten… even without people realize it.
- Nuclear energy plans and antinuclear movement in Turkey - presentation
- Czech Republic: Update on uranium mining, new reactor plans and nuclear waste repository siting - lecture (Tuesday, July 18)
- The lecture will cover these topics as follows: 1. The uranium mine Rožná (opened in 1957) has finally closed since the end of 2016. Although a new Raw Material Policy gives an impression of having shifted its focus from uranium to lithium as a source of energy sufficiency for next generations, it has also left the option open regarding uranium mining in the future. 2. The nuclear industry backed by the Ministry of Industry and Trade has also taken various steps in making new nuclear reactor in Dukovany (or Temelin) NPP a reality, despite the inexistent economic viability of the project. 3. In April, the Day Against Repository III. took place, newly under the auspices of the Platform Against Deep Repository founded in 2016, to mark municipalities and associations' increasing frustration with the siting process for a deep geological repository by the state Radioactive Waste Repository Authority (RAWRA/SÚRAO).
- Well fought and yet lost? - Power, impotence and open questions of the anti-nuclear movement in Germany - presentation & discussion (Saturday, July 22)
- The anti-nuclear power movement in Germany had some of the hardest battles in the 1970s, and inspired a variety of social movements and developments in the 1980s until public opinion against nuclear power emerged in the aftermath of the Chernobyl catastrophe in 1986. Nevertheless, it took more than two decades of hard struggle until the nuclear phase out 2011 finally became law. No doubt that was a success. But it had its price. Although there has been no change in their daily practice, politics and administration have regained the opinion leadership on nuclear safety and security and dealing with nuclear waste. Most of the stakeholders involved let themselves guide by the formal procedures at the sites and in the federal policy in their daily practice. This presentation will provide a brief historical overview of the nuclear conflict in Germany and some ideas about the need for a restart.
- Malvesi, uranium and Wikipedia - workshop (Saturday, July 22)
- Malvesi refinery is the uranium gateway to Europe. It is a strategic site for Areva, between uranium mining and nuclear fuel chain. A French chemistry and physics teacher living near Malvesi would like to share their experience as an alert citizen watching this site for ten years and on their work to develop French wikipedia articles on nuclear and uranium.
Please add here the workshops you would like to offer at the Network Gathering.
- Russian nuclear reactors export - how to stop it? - workshop (Thursday, July 20)
- While we observe the global decline of nuclear energy, some countries still consider new reactor construction. The Russian State Nuclear Energy Corporation (Rosatom) has started a new NPP construction in Belarus, pushes the new nuclear build in Finland, Turkey and some other countries in Europe. Rosatom has the political support from the Russian leaders and has access to the state budget money. This corporation extensivly uses its political and financial power to promote reactor export projects. Civil society in Belarus, Finland, Turkey try to stop the dangerous projects. We can discuss the international actions and campaign against it.
- Anti-nuclear World Social Forum 2017 - presentation (Thursday, July 20)
- After Tokyo and Montreal in 2016, there will be an anti-nuclear Social Forum dedicated to all aspects of the nuclear question (civilian and military) in Paris on November 2-4, 2017. We'll let you know about the recent preparations for this Forum, and how much you are welcome if you want to join us and to propose a workshop or other activities related to this theme.
- Network Office looking for volunteers - introduction to the project
- NukeNews workshop - to raise additional active support collecting news, making translations or to promote it more
- Translation project
- Within the Nuclear Heritage Network a translation project gathers committed people willing to support anti-nuclear struggles by translating text from one language into another or by proofreading such. With this workshop we would like to spread the word and ask participants of the camp whether they want to commit to translations support, too.
- 2018 Network Gathering - where will the next gathering take place, who will arrange it?
- Raising funding for anti-nuclear groups - workshop to figure out opportunities & discuss new tools for the network
- Final disposal of nuclear waste strategy of the anti-nuclear movement - debate
- Past, Current and Future Actions against EURATOM - workshop (Thursday, July 20)
Please add here the workshops you would like to offer at the Network Gathering.
- Historical City Walk - excursion on Nazi history in Döbeln (Tuesday, July 18)
- WISMUT uranium mining reclamation - field trip & meeting with local critics
Nuclear Heritage Network - A Brief review
Since autumn 2013 we have as a new structure the "International Network Office" in Döbeln, Germany - so far it is offering opening hours every Wednesday from 2-4 PM CET to support anti-nuclear groups looking for experts and speakers for their events and to help them to connect to other anti-nuclear groups working in similar fields. Partly we had three volunteers in the Network Office; at the moment we are looking for new volunteers for the next months.
With the ATOMIC BALTIC network/project we developed a new regional anti-nuclear network for the Baltic Sea region which is connecting and supporting groups and activists in the area.
The NukeNews newsletter system has been started in 2011 and will until summer probably include one more Eastern European language.
Upcoming events have been continuously collected and published on the Nuclear Heritage Network website - several hundred local and global events can be found there now. However, still a focus on certain regions from where the information flow works better, is visible. We would like to improve that and receive the events from other countries, too.
Besides that the plans to produce and spread multilingual information materials need active support, which should also be brought forwards in the gathering.
If you want to participate in the 2017 Nuclear Heritage Network gathering, but your financial situation would make it difficult, please get in touch with us. We will try to support you regarding travel costs expenses, if you contact us in advance. The earlier you send your request, the better the chances to find a cheap possibility of transport for you that we could support. However, we can't guarantee support for travel costs as this gathering will be based on a low-budget basis without a particular funding. Thus, our ability to support disadvantaged participants will depend on donations and solidarity contributions to the participation fee.
Participation & contact
We invite all interested people, activists, organizers and committed experts to join this 2017 Nuclear Heritage Network gathering, who are willing to improve the support structures for anti-nuclear projects, learn about nuclear topics, and discuss strategies to strengthen struggles against the atomic business. If you are interested, please announce your participation by June 30th, 2017. Spontaneous participation will be possible, too, but it is very valuable for us to have an idea of the participants to prepare the event. However, late announcements of participation will make it less likely that we will find a way to help participants who need travel costs support.
For the participation we will ask for a fee based on your own consideration for our expenses (camp infrastructure, preparation, promotion, travel costs support) - Find here the bank details for your contribution. We will public a suggestion for an average participation fee at this place later when we understand better the costs that we will have to cover for the infrastructure of the gathering. In case you want to make an extra donation to make this gathering possible we can issue you a confirmation of your charitable donation for your tax declaration, if you send us your postal address with the transfer or in an extra e-mail.
You can send an e-mail to summercamp AT nuclear-heritage DOT net, call us in the International Network Office at +49 3431 5894177 during the opening hours (Wednesdays from 2-4 PM CET) or write a letter to Nuclear Heritage Network, Am Bärental 6, D-04720 Döbeln, Germany.
Regions covered by participants
The overview of regions announced participants will come from is supposed to draw an impression of the composition of the gathering. So far, we received messages of interest and/or announcement of participation for the 2017 summercamp from:
- Czech Republic
- United Kingdom of Great Britain
- United States of America
Though the participation is individual, we will ask participants whether they are representing an organization that officially can be mentioned here to shape a picture of involved groups, associations and NGOs. As we didn't ask interested people yet, the list is still short:
- AG Geschichte
- Bürgerinitiative Umweltschutz Lüchow-Dannenberg
- Nuclear Heritage Network
The following organizations have financially supported the gathering:
- JANUN - JugendAktion Natur- und Umweltschutz Niedersachsen e.V. (supported printing costs of flyers & preparation meeting)
- Internationales Anti-Atom-Sommercamp (JANUN) March, 2017
- Uranabbau und Reaktoren im Fokus (grünes blatt) February 1, 2017
- Camp d’été antinucléaire international 2017 (Réseau Sortir du nucléaire) January 2017
- Anti-nuclear summer camp 2017 (bewegung.taz.de) December 2016
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