Dr. Gordon Edwards, President, Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility
Dr. Gordon Edwards recently retired from mathematics teaching at Varnier College in Montreal. In 1975, he co-founded Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility (CCNR) , which was federally incorporated in 1978. It is dedicated to education and research on all issues related to nuclear energy, whether civilian or military -- including non-nuclear alternatives -- especially those pertaining to Canada. Dr. Edwards has worked widely as a consultant on nuclear issues and for governmental bodies. He has been qualified as a nuclear expert by courts in Canada and elsewhere.
Dr. Edwards is one of the most prominent voices on nuclear related issues and has written articles and reports on radiation standards, radioactive wastes, uranium mining, nuclear proliferation, the economics of nuclear power, non-nuclear energy strategies. In 2006, he
received the Nuclear-Free Future Award. (Sun Xiaodi of China received the award in the same year.)
Robert Gould, M.D., Physicians for Social Responsibility
Robert M. Gould, MD graduated from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and has worked as a Pathologist in San Jose since 1981. Since 1989, he has been President of the SF-Bay Area Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), and in 2003 was President
of National PSR. Dr. Gould has been recognized as a leading expert on the environmental
and public health impacts of nuclear weapons and has been a contributing author to chapters on health impacts of nuclear weapons and nuclear terrorism in War and Public Health (2008) and Terrorism and Public Health (2002) published by Oxford University Press. Physicians for Social Responsibility is the largest physician-led organization in the U.S. working to prevent nuclear war and proliferation and to slow, stop and reverse global warming and toxic degradation of the environment. Founded in 1961, PSR led the campaign to end atmospheric nuclear testing by documenting the presence of Strontium-90, a byproduct of atomic testing, in children's teeth. During the following two decades, PSR's work to educate the public about the dangers of nuclear war grew into an international movement with the founding of International Physicians for the Prevention of
Nuclear War (IPPNW). In 1985, PSR shared the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to IPPNW for building public awareness and pressure to end the nuclear arms race.
Lill Liu, resident of Japan, writer on gender, culture and nuclear power critique
Originally from Taiwan, Liu has lived in Japan with her husband for over 2 decades. She worked as a correspondent for the China Times and is now a popular and well-published writer. Many of her books examine the love, life and culture of the modern Japanese society. After experiencing the desperation of having to evacuate the whole family in
the wake of the Fukushima accident, she has become concerned about nuclear issues in both Japan and Taiwan and started collecting and reporting on information that she felt people ought to know about the nuclear industry. Since then she has published a number of books on the subject, including We Cannot Afford a Nuclear Disaster, Last Words from the Nuclear Plant Worker and Japan in Present Continuous Tense.
Former resident of Fukushima, Japanese unionist
On the 16th March, 2011, she and her family sought refuge in Yamagata, a neighbouring province to Fukushima. She is now the general manager for a company acquired through labour disputes and participates actively in local actions in support of workers’ unions in Fukushima.
Representative from Green Citizens’ Action Alliance Green Citizens’ Action Alliance (GCAA)
GCAA is committed to the formulation of environmental policies in Taiwan and the promotion of environmental issues, in order to achieve a sustainable living environment. GCAA insists that their actions are community-based, grassroots,knowledge-based and action-oriented. GCAA has worked in the anti-nuclear movement for years and they operated as the information centre on the Fukushima accident, processing and releasing useful information to the Taiwanese public . They have also held a number of activities to educate the public on the truth about nuclear safety and energy policy.
Wolfgang Pomrehn, German freelance journalist working on energy and climate issues
Pomrehn holds a masters in Geophysics and published a book "Hot times- How climate change can be stopped?" on climate change and energy policies in 2007. He has been participating in the German movement against nuclear power plants since the late 70ies.
Beside that, he has covered many international events of social movements like the Seattle protests against the WTO in 1999, different European social fora and the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 2005. During the Asian crisis in 1997/98 he reported from
the region for German newspapers. He is a father of two and a grandfather of three.
Representative from Resistance Movement against Koodankulam Nuclear
Power Plant, India
The ongoing resistance movement against the Koodankulam nuclear power
plant in India is led by the civil society organizations, and has
caused government’s alarm and retaliation.
The speaker has three decades of professional experience in electricity industry in the areas of generation, transmission and
distribution, and publishes widely. Currently he is working with many
NGOs and institutions on energy efficiency and environmental
protection as a consultant to power sector, and as a power policy analyst. He is also active in nuclear disarmament campaign.