I was privileged to meet yesterday afternoon with a delegation of Russian leaders and activists to talk about decommissioning nuclear power plants. They were mostly interested in how groups like CLF work within the system. What are our strategies, tactics and funding to do the work we do?
The idea that we are funded by members and bring lawsuits or intervene in proceedings seemed more foreign to them than just our different nationalities.
In a country still facing the effects of Chernobyl, it is inspiring that a group of dedicated persons – mostly volunteers – are working so hard internationally on decommissioning. I am encouraged by their enthusiasm.
They seemed encouraged by Vermont’s example of passing a law to allow the state legislature to vote on relicensing. They were wondering if they could do the same in Russia. CLF helped write and pass that law in Vermont. Maybe it will help our planet, and not just Vermont, rely more on cleaner forms of energy in the future, and avoid any more nuclear disasters.