Introduction: Tool-Making Apes – a full online feature by our Chief Editor, Eric Johnston.
“In order to work out our own salvation, and our own survival, we must first ask all of the questions we can think of and trust our natural instinct to make ever-more innovative tools in order to adapt and survive in a changed world.” LINK
A Vision of Japan’s Renewable Energy Landscape in 2050 – a full online feature.
Translated from the INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY POLICIES this scenario shows what Japan could look like if it phased out nuclear power and moved into renewable energy. LINK
Aileen Mioko Smith on Post-Fukushima Realities – a full online interview with the Fresh Currents team.
Aileen Mioko Smith heads Kyoto-based Green Action and is one of Japan’s most respected antinuclear activists. In this wide-ranging interview she discusses the lessons of Fukushima, its parallels to the Minamata tragedy, Japan’s anti-nuclear movement, and Japan itself. LINK
The Greenheart Project: Clean Power for Trade and Development – a special feature for Fresh Currents Online.
Lessons from Fukushima – a public lecture by Arnie Gundersen at Heartopia, Kyoto, September 3, 2012.
“What I have learned is that nuclear power can be made safe — or it can be made inexpensive so that we can in fact afford it — but nuclear power cannot be both inexpensive, and safe.” LINK
Grow Your Own Energy – a full online feature from Winifred Bird.
Like the globalized industrial food system, Japan’s energy system is unsustainable, risky, and controlled by huge corporations. Why not unplug from that quagmire and create something smaller and better one community at a time? LINK
A Guide to Japan’s Feed-In Tariff – a full online feature.
FITs are a proven method for jump-starting public and private investment in renewable electricity generation. Eric Johnston explains the new FIT system that will help to usher in Japan’s renewable energy revolution. LINK
What Must Be Admitted – an excerpt from the Report of The National Diet of Japan Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission (official English summary, July 5th, 2012).
“What must be admitted, very painfully, is that this was a disaster `Made in Japan.’” LINK
The Promise of Alternative Energy - an excerpt from the full article by Brian Williams.
“Renewables challenging the present-day energy status quo find that the playing field is far from level. Fossil fuel enjoys well over 100 billion dollars in subsidies and tax breaks annually in the USA, despite the colossal profits Big Oil continues to rack up.” LINK
Energy Efficiency – an excerpt from the full article by Winifred Bird.
Cutting energy demand eight percent across the board in Japan would eliminate the need for about 13 nuclear reactors…. And some experts say that with greater investment and more radical thinking, Japan could cut a lot more than eight percent from its energy budget. LINK
Farming and Energy Issues in Japan – a special feature for Fresh Currents Online by Martin J. Frid.
“There are a number of ways to solve the energy riddle on farms in Japan, but a lot more effort must to be made by everyone involved, including consumers. We must start now to change our eating habits. Reducing meat consumption, for example, is a great way to help wean our society off fossil fuels… I can’t emphasize this enough. Reduce meat, introduce organic.” LINK
Tohoku Damashii – an exclusive extract from the new book Strong in the Rain by David McNeill & Lucy Birmingham.
Engaged Buddhism – a full online feature by Jonathan S. Watts.
Rev. Hidehito Okochi has a vision for developing a pure land here on earth through ecological housing and living. Okochi has joined together with a host of different small Japanese NGOs to build chemical free, long lasting homes for urban dwellers… LINK