Date: October 21, 2018
Location: Marienplatz, in Munich Germany
We are happy to invite you to attend a historic, pro-nuclear power demonstration in Munich, Germany, on Sunday, October 21, from 10 am to 4 pm!
The official name of the event is the “Nuclear Pride Fest,” and its founding purpose is to save and expand nuclear energy in Europe. The Fest will be held in Marienplatz, Munich’s central plaza.
We are hoping that people come from around the world to participate in this event, and that hundreds participate from within Europe — including families who work in nuclear power.
Nuclear Pride Fest Weekend will be child-and-family-friendly — with fun things for kids, including face-painting and games, workshops, and child care for parents.
The event is being organized by independent grassroots civil society organizations but they are are urging families whose members work in nuclear power plants to attend.
The founding Nuclear Pride Coalition members are
Ecomodernist Society (Netherlands)
Energy for Humanity (UK - Switzerland)
Environmental Progress (U.S.)
Partei der Humanisten (Germany)
Generation Atomic (U.S.)
Mothers for Nuclear (Switzerland)
Saving Our Planet (France-UK-Norway-Turkey)
Ecomodernist Society (“Ökomoderne”, Germany)
The Thorium MSR Foundation (Netherlands)
Students for Nuclear (U.S.)
Voices of Nuclear (France)
Ecologists for Nuclear (France)
"Rationally, it’s incredible that I should feel ashamed or intimidated for supporting nuclear energy in public. If I feel this way merely for wearing a t-shirt, what about the people who leave their kids to school every day and then head for their jobs at nuclear power plants? Imagine the thousands of people working every day in my neighbouring country, Germany, where the fear-mongering against nuclear power is established on an institutional level (grossly misleading statements from public officials, strong political pressure) – and for what? Should they feel ashamed for helping produce low-carbon energy that has saved millions of lives from air pollution?"
Nuclear Pride Coalition founders recognize that our name is inspired by the Gay Pride movement and hopes that LGBT+ nuclear leaders and activists embrace our coalition name as a compliment, and not appropriation. We warmly encourage their participation.
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
PUBLIC EVENT: NUCLEAR PRIDE FEST
Historic pro-nuclear power event in Munich on the 21st of October to celebrate human ingenuity to solve our great challenges: Plentiful energy with minimum health and environmental impact.
The Nuclear Pride Coalition, a broad alliance of civil society organisations and individuals, will meet to demand that the leaders of Europe and of the world maintain existing and build new nuclear power plants. These will be essential to meet growing energy demand while addressing the monumental task of protecting health and the environment as well as mitigating climate change.
The urgency has again been highlighted in the most recent IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways. These pathways demand an up to sixfold increase of nuclear power.
In contrast, the closure of nuclear power plants in Germany is leading to huge environmental damage, including the destruction of ancient forest to mine coal and by the pollution released when that coal is burned. Angela Merkel's energy policy is literally sending environmental goals up in smoke. In an interview in 2017, French President Emmanuel Macron rejected the idea of copying Energiewende: “What did the Germans do when they shut their nuclear? They developed a lot of renewables but they also massively reopened thermal and coal… I won’t do that.”
Michael Shellenberger, coalition co-founder and Time Magazine Hero of the Environment, put it this way,“We cannot afford to reject a proven technology that can help us reduce emissions and stop the use of fossil fuels. We cannot gamble with our future by ignoring nuclear energy.”
In Munich’s central Marienplatz, hundreds of Nuclear Pride Fest revellers will sing, dance and play with their families, telling their stories and engaging in a range of activities that celebrate their individual and collective pride in nuclear power and the benefits it brings.
Nuclear Pride Fest organisers appreciate the great contribution of nuclear workers and engineers in providing us with clean and reliable energy over decades and welcome them, and indeed anyone who supports nuclear power, to come along and join the festival.