WORLD REMEMBERS 30th ANNIVERSARY OF CHERNOBYL DISASTER
Today, Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 30th Anniversary Day of Chernobyl Disaster, I join families of all victims in Ukraine and Belarus to show my respect to those killed due to Chernobyl Disaster. The cleaning work and decommissioning of remaining nuclear reactors still continues in Chernobyl. Nuclear Waste has to be stored in containers and monitored for hundreds of years and mankind has to constantly remind itself of challenges and risks posed by Nuclear Energy. Chernobyl Nuclear Accident changed the lives of people in Ukraine and Belarus ( please view photo images ) and World cannot afford to forget lessons learned.
I arrived in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA during July 1986 after witnessing consequences of Chernobyl Nuclear Accident while I lived in Sultanate of Oman where several European farm products are used on a regular basis. I had to change my shopping habits to avoid consuming food or food products exposed to radioactive fallout. This Nuclear Accident forced me to review my opinion of Nuclear Industry. I am not surprised to find that I worked for Greenpeace USA for ten years (1986 to 1996) to promote alternatives to Nuclear Energy as it poses significant risks to our planet and to all forms of life that depend on planet Earth as their home.
ON 30th ANNIVERSARY OF CHERNOBYL DISASTER, UKRAINE REMEMBERS ITS VICTIMS
Ukraine held memorial services on Tuesday to mark the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, which permanently poisoned swathes of eastern Europe and highlighted the shortcomings of the secretive Soviet system. In the early hours of April 26, 1986, a botched test at the nuclear plant in then-Soviet Ukraine triggered a meltdown that spewed deadly clouds of atomic material into the atmosphere, forcing tens of thousands of people from their homes. Relatives of those who died as a result of the world’s worst nuclear accident attended a candle-lit vigil in a Kiev church, built-in their memory.
“We did not think that this accident would change all our lives, dividing them into ‘before the war’ and ‘after the war’ as we called it. It was silent nuclear war for us,” said Lyudmila Kamkina, a former worker at the plant.
More than half a million civilian and military personnel were drafted in from across the former Soviet Union as so-called liquidators to clean-up and contain the nuclear fallout, according to the World Health Organization.
Thirty-one plant workers and firemen died in the immediate aftermath of the accident, most from acute radiation sickness. Over the past three decades, thousands more have succumbed to radiation-related illnesses such as cancer, although the total death toll and long-term health effects remain a subject of intense debate.
Nikolay Chernyavskiy, 65, who worked at Chernobyl and later volunteered as a liquidator, recalls climbing to the roof of his apartment block in the nearby town of Pripyat to get a look at the plant after the accident. “My son said ‘Papa, Papa, I want to look too’. He’s got to wear glasses now and I feel like it’s my fault for letting him look,” Chernyavskiy said.
Still Cleaning Up: 30 Years After the Chernobyl Disaster The anniversary has garnered extra attention due to the imminent completion of a giant 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion) steel-clad arch that will enclose the stricken reactor site and prevent further leaks for the next 100 years. The project was funded with donations from more than 40 governments. Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said lessons learned from Chernobyl should be heeded all over the world.
Even with the new structure, the surrounding exclusion zone – 2,600 square km (1,000 square miles) of forest and marshland on the border of Ukraine and Belarus – will remain uninhabitable and closed to unsanctioned visitors.
The disaster and the government’s reaction highlighted the flaws of the Soviet system with its unaccountable bureaucrats and entrenched culture of secrecy. For example, the evacuation order only came 36 hours after the accident.
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has said he considers Chernobyl one of the main nails in the coffin of the Soviet Union, which eventually collapsed in 1991. (Reporting by Alessandra Prentice, Margaryta Chornokondratenko, Sergei Karazy and Andriy Perun; Editing by Tom Heneghan, Robert Birsel) Chernobyl wilderness regained. Please view the photo images.
I seek harmony between doctrines of Idealism and Realism to account for human existence. I welcome thoughts from all directions to understand the nature of Human Identity and Individuality. The multicellular human organism exists as Physical, Mental, Social, Moral, Spiritual being with a Creative Form that cannot be duplicated. For purposes of brevity and simplicity, I divide the human being into two categories; 1. The first is 'SELF' and it represents man as Physical, Mental, and Social Being and 2. The second is, the 'KNOWING-SELF' which represents man as Moral, Rational and Spiritual Being."I am Consciousness, therefore I am", is the proposition that I use to understand the nature of man's Identity and Individuality. Man is a Mortal Being whose Life and Death are operated by Oxidation-Reduction Chemical Reactions. The Physical Being is dissolved by the powerful influence of Time which seem to operate Natural Law of Aging. Things in Nature change with Time but the Identity and Individuality of Man remains the same during his Life Journey. The genotype remains unchanged while the phenotype appears to be changing all the time. In the multicellular human organism, the Consciousness functions to establish Identity of the organism and to defend its Individuality. Consciousness also establishes the Connection, Partnership, Relationship, Yoking, Joining, and Association between the energy dependent man and his energy provider. Man exists in Nature because of his ability to acquire energy from external environmental source. Consciousness in its essence refers to this awareness of energy dependence. I describe the Connection between energy seeker and energy provider as 'God Connection'. Man during all the stages of his existence, and under any given circumstance, either in good health, or ill-health exists on the basis of this 'God Connection' which is an attribute of biological or living function called Consciousness. This conditioned nature of human existence is supported by Power/Energy/Force which can be experienced as Compassion/Mercy/Grace of the Creator who created man as an Individual with unique genome that has never existed in the past and also will never exist in the future. I seek the Unity of Man in Body, Mind, and Soul unlike other common Indian traditions that seek to verify Identity between Human Soul and Divine Soul. My doctrine can be described as Unity Theory of Non-Dualism.
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