Leading UK environmentalist launches desperate plea to fellow Greens not to make “unjustifiable leap” and abandon low-carbon nuclear power over the Fukushima emergency.
In 2008, Ulrich Beck wrote in the Guardian that nuclear power should not be seen a “green panacea” but as a “reckless gamble,” and warned the world that we are being urged “to climb into an aircraft for which a landing strip has not yet been built.”
The triple tragedy that is unfolding in Japan has starkly revealed a major contradiction in man’s relationship to nature under the conditions of late modernity. Stumbling along in ‘collective blindness’, humanity continues to live at the mercy of risks that we will never fully understand.
While Japanese workers are furiously trying to stave off a nuclear meltdown, the political fallout has already reached European shores — in a very big way.