Anti-nuclear summer camp 2018/2nd invitation English
From Nuclear Heritage
Invitation to the International Anti-Nuclear Summer Camp 2018 Close to Narbonne, France, August 6-12, 2018 Dear anti-nuclear activists, groups and interested people, We want to invite you to share your knowledge, experiences, and a warm feeling of resistance at our international Anti-nuclear Summer Camp near Narbonne, France, from August 6-12, 2018. Our group is made up of independent anti-nuclear activists from around the world, and our aim is to organize a gathering for international networking and the sharing of knowledge and experiences related to anti-nuclear topics. In addition to this, we wish to incorporate the fun and exciting feeling of a summer camp to the time we spend together. The summer camp will be structured with two main topics: One will be the uranium conversion facility of the company Orano (formerly Areva) in Narbonne-Malvési. We think it is important to support the local groups and to share knowledge about developments in uranium conversion processes like the disposal of radioactive waste. During the camp there will be at least one action day against the nuclear industries in Narbonne or close to Narbonne. The other will be safety issues associated with the transport of uranium and its by-products across the nuclear fuel chain including radioactive waste. Within the program there will be space and time to share experiences and knowledge, and to prepare projects or campaigns. We also want to make space for informal meet & greets, artistic & cultural exchanges, siestas and little feasts. Hopefully there will be a music band playing on one evening at our campsite. In the evening we want to provide the opportunity to show films from your current anti-nuclear work (bring your films to the camp!). Our camp will coincide with the anniversaries of the atomic bomb drops on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6th and 9th, respectively. Thus, we wish to take this opportunity to remember the high death toll of the atomic bomb, and to stress the dangers of nuclear war. We need support for anti-nuclear workshops, lectures and discussions. Everyone is welcome to offer workshops or presentations on nuclear topics. We hope many participants will talk about the anti-nuclear struggles or about the nuclear policy in their regions. Also, we seek your support to make the collective action day(s) successful. For our camping needs we will construct some infrastructure on the olive grove, such as compost toilets, solar showers, kitchens etc. We want to organize whispering-translations (non-professional) in the workshops and presentations for Spanish, French and English speakers or more – with your help. The campsite will be at a lovely field less than 10 km from Narbonne on the Mediterranean Sea. However, the drought and heat in the region are a cause of concern, as the small trees only provide little shade and thus the risk of wildfire is significant. That's why we all must act responsibly and minimize any risks of fire. One thing you can do to help us prepare the camp is to bring solar umbrellas (for shade) and fire extinguishers if you have any available. In terms of cost, there will be a daily fee for food, water and other expenses for the attendees of the summer camp. The amount will be announced in one of the following invitation letters. If you are in a difficult situation financially, you can ask us for a reduced fee. If you're traveling from European countries, we invite you to NOT travel by plane! Bring your own tents, sleeping bags, music, instruments or your cabaret art to this summer camp. If you are able to provide bigger group tents or awnings, we would be very pleased to hear from you. See below for our contact information. For those of you who are looking for a more comfortable accommodation, we advise you to contact the tourist information in Narbonne (http://www.narbonne-tourisme.com). If interested, react quickly as there is a heavy touristic pressure on this area in summer. Later we should be able to offer a list of available accommodation options in the region. Please promote the International Anti-nuclear Summer Camp 2018 to your networks! This invitation is a first announcement. There will be more specific information on the camp, program, directions, location and more in the coming months. If you are interested in the camp or in supporting it, please get in touch with us via the contact email address: camp2018 AT nuclear-heritage DOT net Please send registration emails with the number of attendees and planned dates to: camp-registration AT nuclear-heritage DOT net Solidarity from the Anti-nuclear Summer Camp organizers! P.S.: About Orano (formerly Areva) in Narbonne-Malvési: The uranium conversion facility Narbonne-Malvési (3 km away from downtown Narbonne) is supposed to process 21,000 tons every year to uranium tetrafluoride (UF4) in the next years. Also, Orano wants to make money with the vaporizing of liquid radioactive waste into the atmosphere in a "clean" process. And Orano wants to sell this new process to other companies. Orano for the next 40 years or more has the permission to emit radioactive gases from more than 350,000 m³ liquid radioactive waste into the atmosphere. The health risks for flora, fauna and mankind are serious and dangerous.