Helen Caldicott

Air Dates: March 26, 2011

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Dr. Helen Caldicott, best-selling author and activist, is the. founding president of Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Nuclear Policy Research Institute, Calidcott is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2003 Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom, the Australian government's International Year of Peace Award, and Humanist of the Year. The Smithsonian Institute named Caldicott one of the Most Influential Women of the Twentieth Century. Her documentary “If You Love This Planet” won the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 1982 and she hosts an international radio show of the same name. She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Linus Pauling, himself a Nobel Laureate, and an offshoot of her group Physicians for Social Responsibility did win the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. Dr. Caldicott addresses today's most critical issue -the tragedy in Japan and the perilous situation with the compromised nuclear reactors at the Fukushima power plant. She has spent 40 years studying nuclear energy since the early 1970s when she spearheaded the anti-nuclear testing movement in Australia in reaction to the French testing of nuclear bombs in the South Pacific. Caldicott analyzes the dangers and explains why she feels that nuclear energy is not the “green” and “clean” solution it is proposed to be. This is a very controversial topic and New Mexico has played a very important role in the history of nuclear weapons and nuclear energy. Proponents and opponents of this movement will appreciate Dr. Caldicott's fact-based research, while they may agree or disagree with her own personal conclusions from that research. Quotes: “Dr. Caldicott has the rare ability to combine science with passion, logic with love, and urgency with humor.” Naomi Klein “No one writes with more passion, commitment and knowledge about the immense dangers of nuclear technology in all its forms than physician and nuclear expert Helen Caldicott.” Center for Research on Globalization