Is it a chance to build new green cities, or a vision of what we all face as the oil runs out? Did you know reconstruction has not begun because the land has not yet settled enough to build? Some places are still sinking (up to several feet) even as serious earthquakes continue.
Even eating food in Japan is a daily threat. Are the famous rice and mushrooms contaminated with radioactivity? Some local say "yes" even when Tokyo says "not much".
Then a quick interview by Gerri Williams with anti-nuclear campaigner Helen Caldicott, at the Occupy EPA protest in Washington on March 30th. Helen warns the Japanese experience of melt-down is just waiting for America, Canada, or any nuclear power plant.
We also get a short clip from protest organizer and EPA whistle-blower Marsha Coleman-Adebayo (a previous Radio Ecoshock feature guest.) Marsha talks about the undue impact of pollution on people of color.
The show wraps up with an invitation by Susanne Moser to "get real" about our difficult future as we destabilize the climate (among other serious problems). Susanne is a scientist formerly with NOAA and the Union of Concerned Scientists. We discuss her contribution to an upcoming book - an essay which raises the tough questions most of us don't want to talk about.
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