Sustainable Energy Working Group

Sustainable Energy Working Group – Nuclear Power Powers the Bomb

The Abolition 2000 statement recognizes the “inextricable link” between nuclear power and nuclear weapons. Nuclear reactors produce radioactive materials that not only wreak havoc on our health and the environment, spreading lethal radiation for hundreds of thousands of years to come, but also are used for building nuclear bombs. Sustainable energy provides the only solution to our planet’s energy needs, and energy self-sufficiency is more compelling now than ever. With 401 reactors worldwide, nuclear power plants represent one of the most vulnerable threats to global security and the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

The working group has produced a model statute for an International Sustainable Energy Fund, as an alternative to the International Atomic Energy Agency. We worked with the NGO Caucus on Energy and Climate Change to obtain government sponsorship to enact the statute during the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, South Africa. Although our effects were blocked by powerful corporate and national interests, the group intends to work for the creation of an International Sustainable Energy Agency by promoting this initiative at every available opportunity. We have held workshops on the initiative at various NPT PrepCom and Review Conference events and at the World Social Forum in Porto Allegre Brazil.

Sustainable Energy Working Group

News & Events

Working for a Green Hydrogen Future

“Black” vs. “Green” Hydrogen

The Green Hydrogen Coalition supports the development of hydrogen fuel for the world because the only byproduct from hydrogen fuel is pure water. The Coalition is “green” because it proposes that hydrogen be produced with clean, safe renewable energy–from the sun, the wind, the tides, geothermal sources. We are challenging the U.S. attempt to hijack the promise of hydrogen fuel with the recent government launch of an International Partnership for a Hydrogen Economy which would rely on “black” hydrogen, calling for massive subsidies to the fossil fuel and nuclear industries to produce hydrogen.

To learn more about the Green Hydrogen Coalition and to join the growing network of groups and individuals that support the its mission, visit www.greenhydrogencoalition.org.

Contact Information

Leslie Seff

Global Resource Action Center for the Environment

215 Lexington Avenue, Suite 1001

New York, NY 10016, USA

Tel: 212-726-9161

Fax: 212-726-9160

lseff@gracelinks.org

Mayors for Peace Working Group

Mayors for Peace Working Group – Working to enroll mayors around the world to work for a nuclear weapons convention by 2005. Increasingly, cities have been reaching out to each other across national boundaries to address global threats to their citizens. One such organization is the World Conference of mayors for Peace, which will provide the initial leadership for this campaign. We seek to encourage other mayors’ groups to become engaged, and will coordinate closely with them.

News & Events

2nd Nagasaki Global Citizens’ Assembly for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, November 24, 2003

Tadatoshi Akiba, Mayor of Hiroshima, received a report that the Bush administration submitted a 2004 Defense Authorization Bill to Congress, that requests funds for the development of small nuclear weapons. Mayor Akiba responded by demanding that President Bush immediately begin demonstrating a willingness to implement the “unequivocal undertaking” to eliminate the U.S. nuclear arsenal, promised at the previous NPT Review Conference.

Mayors for Peace Working Group

On June 24, 1982, at the 2nd UN Special Session on Disarmament held at UN Headquarters in New York, then Mayor Takeshi Araki of Hiroshima proposed a new Program to Promote the Solidarity of Cities toward the Total Abolition of Nuclear Weapons. This proposal offered cities a way to transcend national borders and work together to press for nuclear abolition. Subsequently, the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki called on mayors around the world to support this program.

Reports & Resources

Mayoral statement in support for the commencement of negotiations on the elimination of nuclear weapons

Contact Information

Steve Leeper

Transnet – Transitional Resource Network

1046 Vance Avenue NE

Atlanta, GA 30306                 Tel: 404-898-0586

Fax: 404-607-0673

Email: leeps@mindspring.com

Aaron Tovish

1-2, Nakajima-cho, Naka-ku,

Hiroshima City, 730-0811

Japan          Tel: 41-22-340-3853

aaron.tovish@bluewin.ch

www.pcf.city.hiroshima.jp/mayors/

Citizens Weapons Inspections Working Group

Citizens Weapons Inspections Working Group – Mission Statement

The Citizens Inspection Working Group (CIWG) is a working group of Abolition 2000 – a global network calling for a treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons as required by Article VI of the NPT. The CIWG seeks to expose the hypocrisy and the use of double standards by some NPT member states who condemn countries for possessing or trying to develop weapons of mass destruction(WMD) while they develop new lethal WMD and do nothing to honor their treaty obligations for disarmament.

The CIWG aims to hold Governments accountable, to educate and alert citizens of the presence of nuclear weapons, and to support the goal of abolishing all weapons of mass destruction. The CIWG aims to support citizen groups who inspect sites and report their findings to the public, United Nations, national governments and other interested parties. Co-conveners are the Los Alamos Study Group (USA) www.lasg.org and For Mother Earth (Belgium) www.motherearth.org.

News & Events

Sandia Labs Bars Citizen Inspection

New Mexico has seen federal nuclear weapons spending continue to grow while the state has remained mired in poverty, an Albuquerque arms control activist argued Wednesday. “We know that this industry is bad for New Mexico,” Greg Mello of the Los Alamos Study Group told an audience of about 30 gathered in a University of New Mexico lecture hall to discuss the U.S. nuclear weapons program. (ABQJournal,  August 5, 2004)

Citizen Weapons Inspectors Visit Secret American Military Base in Norway

24/6/2004- Peace activists from Sweden, Germany and England protested outside the top-secret radar base Vardø in the north of Norway, against the base’s involvement in the USA’s nuclear weapons strategy. The group carried out a “Citizens Weapons Inspection” of the base, to investigate connections between the base and the USA’s missile defence system and the militarisation of space.

The Citizen Weapon Inspection Teams of Colorado now have their Silo reports available on-line, compiled from the Adopt-a-Silo Action at Colorado’s 49 Minuteman III Missile Silos Saturday, July 26, 2003. R

Alliant 28 Found Not Guilty by Jury of Citizens

A six-person jury of citizens from Hennepin County declared that International Law can trump the local private property/no trespass law. 28 Minnesotans “crossed the line,” entering the world headquarters property of Alliant TechSystems Corporation in Edina with the express purpose of conducting a “citizens weapons inspection.” (The Pulse of the Twin Cities, October 22, 2003)

Bomspotting action at the NATO military HQ

International citizens weapon inspection team visits SHAPE; 25th October 2003; Mons, Belgium

Over 250 Arrested in Anti-Nuke Protest at NATO Military HQ

Over 250 protestors were arrested Saturday at an anti-nuclear demonstration at NATO’s military command centre for Europe, including some 40 who managed to enter the base, organizers and police said. But no violence was reported in the protest action, dubbed “Get in Shape,” of which the specific aim was to try to carry out “civilian inspections” inside the sprawling base. ((AFP) October 25, 2003)

11 Peace Activists Arrested Inside Lakenheath Nuclear Weapons Base, UK

This morning, groups of international and local peace activists cut through the perimeter fence of USAF Lakenheath, Suffolk, to draw attention to the illegal nuclear weapons that are deployed there. (FME, October 6, 2003)

German AF Base Closed for Weapons Inspections

Citizens Weapons Inspections Working Group

An international team of thirty citizens inspectors closed the three gates of Buchel air force base in Germany to carry out a war crimes inspection. It is a public secret that 11 US B-61 tactical nuclear weapons are stored on the base. The inspectors have been gathering information for the International Atomic Energy Agency as well as for the UN where their findings will be reported next year during the Non-Proliferation Preparatory Committee in New York. Their report will also be made public through the Internet.

Citizen Weapons Inspection At U.S. Strategic Command Headquarters, Offutt Air Force Base, Omaha, Nebraska, August 3, 2003

Nebraskans for Peace and other regional peace groups conducted a Citizens Weapon Inspection at U.S. Strategic Command Headquarters in an attempt to raise awareness. (WSLF, August 3, 2003)

What weapons are in YOUR back yard? Citizens Weapons Inspection Teams inspect U.S. Facilities

Citizens are coming together to inspect U.S. weapons facilities to point out that the U.S. cannot expect the rest of the world to disarm as it develops and expands its programs for Chemical, Biological, and Nuclear Weapons. Students, veterans, and other citizens gathered to inspect the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in their community in California. A coalition of Canadian citizens has also formed to inspect U.S. facilities. Read about their campaign at www.rootingoutevil.org. Stay tuned for more information on how to plan your own Citizen Weapons Inspection.

CIWG Listserv

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Websites

For more information on citizens inspections and how you can get involved:

UNMOVIC/IAEA weapons inspections database

Citizens Inspections Working Group Homepage at For Mother Earth

CWIT – Citizens Weapons Inspection Teams

Contact Information

Greg Mello

Los Alamos Study Group

2401 Summit Place NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87106-2028 USA

office phone: 505.265.1200

office fax: 505.265.1207

gmello@lasg.org

Pol D’Huyvetter

For Mother Earth – Voor Moeder Aarde vzw

K. Maria Hendrikaplein 5

9000 Gent – Belgium

Phone +32-9-242 87 52 or 04

Fax +32-9-242 87 51

pol@motherearth.org