Target: Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihiko Noda
Goal: Convince Japanese government to listen to its citizens’ concerns by decommissioning all nuclear reactors and moving the country toward using green energy.
On March 11th 2011, a devastating tsunami and its following earthquakes led to the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan. About 150,000 citizens were evacuated with good reason due to high levels of radiation and fear of exposure. Hundreds of thousands of people are still subjected to contaminated air and water infiltrating their homes and streets. The rest of Japan has now seen the massive amounts of damage that nuclear reactors are capable of unleashing, and are pushing the government to stray from nuclear energy in order to start promoting green energy.
Civil movement groups such as the “Hydrangea” revolution and the Metropolitan Coalition Against Nukes are speaking out through peaceful protests in front of government administrative buildings, hoping to get their message across. Their main issue is with the recent start-up of the Oi nuclear power plant reactor. Citizens are against this action, worried about the likelihood of more future disasters resulting from Japan’s earthquake-prone land. By decommissioning the Oi reactor as well as the other 54 placed throughout Japan, these risks would be removed, putting the citizens’ concerns to rest. A study conducted in July 2012 by the Japan Sustainability Institute reported that over 80 percent of the Japanese citizens polled want all nuclear power plants shutdown immediately.
Sign this petition and support the the citizens of Japan in their effort to rid their country of dangerous nuclear power plants. The greater public is ready to switch their ways of living in order to promote green energy and better safety. Let Prime Minister Noda know how important it is to take action on this issue before it’s too late.
Dear Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda,
Following the devastating tsunami and subsequent earthquake induced Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, hundreds of thousands of Japanese citizens have been forced out of their homes. These people have been forced to realize the tremendous negative impacts nuclear reactors can have on their cities, lifestyles and health after an event such as this.
Civil movements such as the “Hydrangea” revolution, and groups like the Metropolitan Coalition Against Nukes are speaking out, hoping for the government to make changes in the type of energy Japan uses. A recent survey conducted shows that over 80 percent of Japanese citizens who were polled are for the immediate shutdown of all nuclear power plants, regarding their concerns for their well-being in case another disaster occurs.
It is very important that the concerns of the general public are taken into consideration and their demands to provide safer livelihoods for their children are thoroughly considered. I urge you to take action on this prominent issue and consider the risks of keeping nuclear power plants in Japan running.
[Your Name Here]
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