ATOMIC GHOST. DO WE LEARN FROM THE PAST?
It is almost impossible to find a person in Europe who does not know what happened 33 years ago in Chernobyl. The event of many misfortunes and human factors led to the greatest nuclear disaster ever. It had to be an awakening call for every living person in the world but… Nowadays there are still ten operational Chernobyl type nuclear reactors in the world. Do we really are learning from the past? Or are we just repeating the same mistakes all over again? This disaster had to be an important message to humanity but… Did we learn anything from it?
In 1983 Lithuanian SSR had built Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant which accounted for 25% of Lithuania’s electricity generating capacity and supplied about 70% of Lithuania’s electrical demand. Due to the plant’s similarities to the infamous Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in both reactor design and lack of a robust containment building, Lithuania agreed to close the plant as part of its accession agreement to the European Union. The former nuclear city Visaginas and whole region is still facing challenges from closed nuclear power plant. Although there are a lot of difficulties but Lithuania has decided to research and develop cleaner energy technologies. But the shadows of our past are still lurking in our neighborhood. At this moment, just 20 km to the Lithuanian border a new threat is rising: Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant.
How can we feel safe after all the history? Why the economy always wins against environmental protection? Are we willing to risk our planet’s future for the sake of profit? It is our choice to make: do we want to be remembered as the generation that chose to preserve and adapt? Or as generation that decided to gamble the future of everyone?
The choice is yours…
Video for better understanding: SE Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant