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Environmental Advocate Helen Caldicott to Discuss 'Lessons from Fukushima' at Ithaca College

 ITHACA, NY — Dr. Helen Caldicott, considered one of the most articulate and passionate advocates of citizen action on nuclear and environmental issues, will give a free public talk at Ithaca College on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Her presentation — “Lessons from Fukushima: What Role Should Nuclear Energy and Natural Gas Extraction Play in our Energy Future?” — will be held at 7 p.m. in the Hockett Family Recital Hall in the Whalen Center.

A pre-lecture concert by recording artist Janet Burgan will be held at 6:30 p.m. Copies of several of Caldicott’s books will be available for purchase and she will conduct a book signing following her talk. Representatives of local social justice organizations have also been invited to table at the event.

Named by the Smithsonian Institution as one of the most influential women of the 20th century, Caldicott has devoted the past three decades to an international campaign to educate the public about the medical hazards of the nuclear age and the changes in human behavior needed to stop environmental destruction.

A native of Australia, she was an instructor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and was on the staff of the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston in 1977 when she cofounded Physicians for Social Responsibility, an organization of 23,000 doctors committed to educating their colleagues about the dangers of nuclear power, nuclear weapons and nuclear war. She currently serves as president of the Helen Caldicott Foundation for a Nuclear-free Planet, a project that promotes renewable energy as an alternative to nuclear energy.

Caldicott was awarded the Lannan Foundation Prize for Cultural Freedom in 2003 and nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Nobel laureate Linus Pauling. Her books include “If You Love This Planet: A Plan to Heal the Earth,” “Nuclear Power is Not the Answer to Global Warming or Anything Else” and “Nuclear Madness: What You Can Do.” She has been the subject of several documentary films, including “Eight Minutes to Midnight” and “If You Love This Planet,” which won the Academy Award for documentary short subject in 1982.

Caldicott’s appearance is cosponsored by the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences, Department of Journalism, Committed to Change, and Sustainability at Ithaca, with generous financial support from Adelaide P. Gomer.