Центр по безопасной энергии поздравляет с праздниками! Мы надеемся, что у вас все хорошо, и что вы здоровы и счастливы. Мы продолжаем работать над проектами в России, Казахстане и Украине.
2012 was yet another remarkable year for
growth and change in the Center for Safe Energy’s work to support
community-lead organizations in the countries of the Former Soviet Union. Your
continuing support gives us the confidence and power to work with our partners
from nascency to maturity. While in the field this year, we witnessed the positive
impact of more than a decade’s worth of work with our partners.
In Russia, tackling the problem of decommissioning nuclear reactors happens
behind closed doors, and our partners, such as Oleg Bodrov, are making sure
that there is an international influence in this process. While on his study
tour in 2011 of the Vermont Yankee reactor and its exemplary model of citizen
participation in decommissioning, Oleg was determined to not let this
collaboration end with the one-week tour. Since then, he has used the knowledge
and contacts gained there to advocate and organize for decommissioning in Russia and in his lectures around the world.
your help, we were able to lead a reciprocal expert exchange to Russia and Kazakhstan
this year with U.S. expert,
Peter Bradford, former member of the U.S federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission
and current member of the EBRD advisory group for replacing the capacities of Chernobyl nuclear power plants in Ukraine. He came directly from Fukushima and reported on the world-wide state of nuclear
energy and its decline in every country except Russia
Professor Bradford together with CSE partner, Kaisha Atakhanova, was part of a
video conference "Year after Fukushima: Current Challenges
and Future Energy for Kazakhstan” with nuclear
experts from Japan, Russia, and Germany. Our Kazakh partners then
used the information to inform the press and public in Kazakhstan of the real dangers of
nuclear throughout the world. As a result of the roundtable, our Kazakh
partners wrote their demand for a moratorium on the construction of nuclear
power plants in Kazakhstan!
From Temirtau, one of Kazakhstan’s
most polluted regions, a young woman from the local government’s environmental
department participated in a CSE delegation in Berkeley in 2011. She is the sole
environmental inspector of air pollution levels of the local factories in a town
of 169,000. While in the U.S., she was impressed by the city of San Francisco’s Department
of Air Quality, which employs over ten times more air pollution inspectors per
capita. As a follow up this year, we brought to Temirtau
a U.S. expert on air pollution
monitoring who helped develop a partnership between the local government and
NGOs in Temirtau to combine efforts for ongoing air pollution monitoring.
CSE’s long-term partners such as Kaisha and
Oleg have now become internationally recognized as nuclear experts. In Kazakhstan, the women we trained and to whom over
fifteen years ago we gave their first funds to register their organizations,
are now representing Kazakhstan as experts all over the world. They are being supported by European
organizations due to our years of NGO development training. And the young
generation of activists are just beginning to blossom and are eager to partner
and grow with us. Imagine what another fifteen years of our work will bring!
The new law in Russia requires any NGO that
receives funding from abroad to register as "foreign agents”, which is yet
another barrier to freedom and growth of civil society. One of our grassroots
partners recently shared how this is impacting their work: "Our organization has offices and training
centers in many local schools. Directors and deputy directors of these schools
were notified that they might lose their job because of the cooperation with us.”
We must support our partners in their continuous struggle to openly and freely
use their basic right to organize as a community.
On the U.S.
side, a dozen young environmental leaders from Kazakhstan
and Ukraine came to Austin, Texas with CSE to
successful models for green development. This allowed us to expand CSE’s
program expertise to the exchange program at the University of Texas.
We welcome John Perkins, the former
Director of Evergreen State College's graduate Environmental Department and
present Professor Emeritus to work at the Center for Safe Energy. His book in process, Energy and
Sustainability, draws on his expertise in Chernobyl and sustainable energy. Together with Dr. Perkins, we plan to bring teachers
on study tours to Chernobyl in order to counter the lack of knowledge about the dangers and economic issues
of nuclear energy.
We are looking forward to another
remarkable year of evolution as CSE’s world-wide community continues to expand
and mature in its leadership and impact on the planet. Thank you for continuing
the journey with us by supporting our growth. To all of us a happy, healthy and
prosperous new year!
Enid, Melissa and Aline
Our CSE staff