Anyone remotely interested in the effects of radiation caused by nuclear activity would do well to visit the following travelogue of Elena, a woman who has traveled on motorcycle through the Chernobyl “dead zone.” Her pictures and story present the chilling reality of what happens when “things go wrong.”
For reference, “radiation will stay in the Chernobyl area for the next 48,000 years, but humans may begin repopulating the area in about 600 years – give or take three centuries.”
Milan Kundera once said that “the struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.” Now, although he was refering to “power” as the power of a political state, recall that when Chernobyl first happened, it was dismissed as a casual accident by the government of the time. Let the story above be a reminder to those who wish to explore nuclear power as an alternative energy source. I support the exploration of alternative energy sources (water, wind); enabling nuclear power requires the precision of a surgeon and the empathy that a loving mother gives to her newborn child.