Commend Activists for Protesting Dangerous Nuclear Power Plant

Target: Ana Toni, Greenpeace International Board of Directors Chair

Goal: Applaud Greenpeace activists for occupying unsafe nuclear power plant for its closure

Recently, 30 Greenpeace activists managed to sneak past security and occupy the Electricite de France’s Tricastin power plant. This feat was borne out of efforts to pressure the French government to execute their promise of decreasing the country’s usage of nuclear energy. Please commend the activism of Greenpeace France to call for the closure of the Tricastin nuclear power plant.

A banner that activists spread across a wall read, “Tricastin, nuclear accident – president of the catastrophe?” The message was for President of France François Hollande, who has promised to cut down nuclear energy from 75 to 50 percent by 2025. Activists also projected an image of a crack across one of the nuclear reactors, but that crack represents very real ones that have been found all over the Tricastin site. Greenpeace selected the thirty-year-old Triscatin plant to represent five others the organization labeled as the most dangerous in France.

According to Greenpeace, the activists have since been arrested and detained for their actions to demand limited production of nuclear energy for more renewable energy sources. Please show your support for these protestors and their actions to close the Tricastin power plant complex.


Dear Greenpeace International Board of Directors Chair Ana Toni,

I commend your organization’s efforts to pressure President of France François Hollande to shut down the dangerous Electricite de France’s Tricastin nuclear power plant. By occupying the site, your activists brought attention to nuclear issues, and the need for more sustainable sources of energy.

Built 30 years ago, the outdated Tricastin power plant should be included in the ten that France must shut down by 2017, and the twenty by 2020 if President Hollande is to stay true to his promise of cutting the nuclear power share of France’s energy usage by 25 percent by 2025. Though the nuclear power plant was not deemed unsafe in France’s Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN), cracks have been found on the reactors, which is why your organization chose the Tricastin plant to represent the five most dangerous nuclear power plants in the country. Just the mere fact that activists accomplished a takeover, however brief, shows just how vulnerable the Tricastin complex is.

Greenpeace nuclear issues campaigner, Yannick Rousselet, articulated it perfectly when he told Reuters, “If being physically able to touch the reactors is not being in a sensitive place, I don’t know what is.” “People with bad intentions could have posed a threat to the reactor’s safety.” Please continue your activism to wean France off of nuclear energy.


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