Today marks a tragic day, not just in Japanese history, but in the history of the world. Three years ago, an earthquake caused a massive tsunami that killed more than 18,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands more. The tsunami also triggered a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
After Chernobyl, it was the second-largest release of nuclear particles in history. More than 300,000 people evacuated the area. Tens of thousands still have not returned to their homes. Sadly, for the people who once made their homes near Fukushima, the disaster is not history, and this date is not an anniversary. It is simply the first day of the drawn out destruction of their lives.
Today, Greenpeace International remembers the people whose lives have been forever altered by the Fukushima disaster. Greenpeace USA’s blog The EnvironmentaList is devoting our day’s coverage to it. Here we offer some of the unique coverage from Greenpeace offices.
Greenpeace India, which is battling nuclear projects on its own soil and sent a delegation to Fukushima prefecture last month, made this gorgeous yet somber commemoration, “A Walk Through Fukushima.”
At the Greenpeace International site, you can read profiles of five people whose lives have been unalterably changed by the disaster. It has made this moving video: