Does nuclear power matter? Can an entire nation be duped? Can we reverse climate change? The answer to these questions is ‘Yes’!
Dr Atkinson’s letters innovatively examine nuclear power in relation to Australia achieving ecological sustainability. The compilations have been reviewed and are significantly supplemented by pre-eminent Australian scientist, Professor Leslie Kemeny, whose contribution commences:
‘The writing of Ecological Sustainability and the Nuclear Power Story by Dr Bernardine Atkinson is a much needed, timely and brave venture. It is the valuable project of an ecologist and communicator who over the past few years has become aware of the immense potential of the new energy supply paradigm for planet Earth - nuclear fission. During the twenty-first century civilian nuclear power will undoubtedly gradually replace our historical dependence on the chemical combustion of fossil fuels and become our prime source of base-load energy. Indeed, it is providential that during a time of climate change, due partly to greenhouse gas production from fossil fuels, we are able to access the uranium, plutonium and thorium fuel cycles.’
Dr Atkinson’s first letter exposes eight significant myths and the horrific level of misinformation surrounding nuclear power matters.
The second letter examines the role of bio-diverse biomass and its relation to climate change. Dr Atkinson introduces the Commoner Principle, the idea of a tithe for the natural world and more fully explains the quintuple bottom line – a conceptual extension of the triple bottom line needed to enable land managers and policy-makers to determine what will constitute genuine ecologically sustainable development.
The third letter commences to discuss the political implications of the nation being duped so thoroughly in relation to nuclear power matters.
This book is a must read for all Australians possessing a genuine social conscience and heartfelt desire for national prosperity that nurtures the preservation and restoration of the natural world.