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ALIVE Newsletter No.101 Topic

The Year of “No More”

Last year, we witnessed a series of unfolding disasters, including the Great East Japan Earthquake and the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, and a huge number of people and animals became victims of these disasters. The nuclear power plant accident was a manmade disaster and it is heartbreaking to face the reality of the situation and to appreciate that it will take decades to recover. In this new year, we should all commit ourselves to a future of “life without nuclear power.” We should also come up with new ways of thinking that do not rely on the current science-obsessed and consumer-oriented economic system and we should say “no more” to the things that comprise our heartless society. It is time for us to take a close look at the way we live, our food, health, medical treatment and welfare programs. We need to create the society that does not oppress innocent people and animals.

How can we make it? What kind of society should we be trying to create? I believe that the answer to these questions is to create a society where all living things can be happy according to their biological needs and based on biodiversity.

ALIVE will keep hoping to make this ideal society a reality by working with others who hold similar beliefs. We wish you a very happy new year and we thank you for you continuing support.

Fusako Nogami
Head of Publication and Editor