Archive for the ‘Earth Day’ Category

March 17, 2014 | 4:34 pm

Earth Day 2014: #Atoms4Earth Contest

Guest post by Suzy Baker, Nuclear Literacy Project

Clean Air Saves LivesTo celebrate Earth Day, the Nuclear Literacy Project is excited to introduce a nuclear themed meme-making competition. We are inviting individuals, groups, clubs, organizations and corporations to create and submit homemade Internet memes inspired by the intersections of nuclear energy, the environment and social justice.

We will collect all of the memes shared under the hashtag #Atoms4Earth. The memes will be judged based on the quality of the image and message, as well as viral reach on the web. Each week a different guest judge will choose their favorite meme and the winner will be announced on the Nuclear Literacy Project blog (nuclearliteracy.org/). The winners will each receive a prize courtesy of AREVA (thanks AREVA, y’all are awesome!). Prizes will be super cool atomic inspired artwork or wearables. The grand prizewinner will be announced on Earth Day (4/22/2014).

We urge participants to create inspiring, humorous and educational memes. Environmentally and human focused imagery and messaging are also appropriate for the Earth Day meme theme. When the memes are placed online, they should be linked to the science that supports the message and the creators should be acknowledged- along with the hash tag #Atoms4Earth, so we can easily find your work!

More on Internet Memes

“What exactly is an Internet meme?” you may be wondering …

An Internet meme is a simple image paired with a simple message, designed for travel on the web. A single meme can quickly reach thousands upon thousands of individuals through social media. Memes are also often linked to an article or study that supports their message.

Please only use open source imagery or imagery that you have permission to use. There are hosts of tools for free online. You can use one of our images to get started.

SO! In short, here’s what to do:

1)     Find a great image. Create a cool message. Make your meme!

2)     Tweet it to us under the hashtag #Atoms4Earth, or post to our Facebook page, along with your name and affiliation, if you are representing a group or company.

3)     Share your meme with all of your friends on social media & we will too!

4)     Wait for the following Tuesday to find out if you’ve won the weekly prize! Winners will be announced on Twitter and Facebook.

5)     Check back in on Earth Day to see if you’ve won the grand prize

Good Luck and Happy (almost) Earth Day!!

April 21, 2012 | 10:42 am

Earth Day 2012: AREVA’s Technology Creating a Cleaner Environment

 

It’s a simple idea: More power, less carbon emissions.

For example:

Where your power comes from makes a difference in our world today, and tomorrow.

By learning more about our nation’s energy choices, we can make informed decisions to meet our increasing power needs without increasing our environmental risk.

We Americans can replace our current carbon-based energy supply with an intentional mix of nuclear and renewable low carbon energies, and achieve a cleaner environment.

That’s where we come in—AREVA’s portfolio of innovative large-scale, low carbon power technologies are under construction around the world, generating thousands of jobs and megawatts of power.

Learn more. Explore our clean energy technologies. Be ready for your next conversation about our nation’s energy options. And join into the conversation on this blog.

Together we can make a simple idea a national reality. Enjoy Earth Day weekend, and join in the global celebration.

 

 

April 26, 2011 | 12:04 pm

Earth Day and Nuclear Power

During our Earth Day activities last week, we found these articles’ clear-eyed perspective on achieving a low-carbon energy future particularly encouraging. As we’ve noted before, nuclear energy is not the only solution for a low carbon future, but it is and will be part of the solution.

Earthrise at Christmas (Photo credit: NASA.gov)

Earthrise at Christmas (Photo credit: NASA.gov)


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April 22, 2011 | 5:22 pm

Earth Day “One AREVA, One Planet” Poster Winners

Our 2nd Annual AREVA Earth Day Poster Contest for the children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews of our employees generated many colorful, creative entries depicting our theme “One AREVA, One Planet.”

As you can see in the four category-winning entries below, the youthful Clean Energy-generation understands the importance of protecting the planet by using low carbon energy sources.
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April 22, 2011 | 10:36 am

AREVA goes Green for Earth Day 2011

By Mary Beth Ginder, AREVA, Sustainable Development and Continuous Improvement

This year, hundreds of AREVA employees throughout the United States and Canada joined in the Earth Day spirit by participating in various “green” activities throughout the month of April.

AREVA recognizes that individuals play a critical role in identifying sustainability challenges and solutions. This year the goal was to support the integration of sustainability into everyday life by encouraging employees to adopt a Personal Sustainability Practice, or PSP. A PSP is any simple action, taken on a regular basis that is good for your health, your community and the planet, for example biking to work or switching to a non-styrofoam coffee cup. Employees from across the region have committed to PSPs that will have a positive social and environmental impact throughout the year. All employee PSPs will be registered as part of the Earth Day Network’s billion acts of green initiative.

Local outreach and volunteering are a part of our corporate citizenship activities in our communities, and during April that energy and engagement has been focused on supporting Earth Day 2011. Activities ranged from environmental clean-up, tree planting and electronics recycling to natural resource conservation and education, and have contributed to the environmental sustainability of the communities in which we live and work.

At AREVA, we believe that engaging in Earth Day activities promotes a sustainable culture at work and at home. Our 2nd annual Earth Day Poster Contest for the children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews of our employees generated many colorful, creative entries depicting our theme “One AREVA, One Planet.” The artwork reflects the next generation’s understanding of the importance of protecting the planet.

As a company committed to providing energy solutions with less carbon, while being socially responsible and respecting the environment, Earth Day 2011 is another way AREVA continues demonstrating our commitment to sustainable development.

April 26, 2010 | 3:19 pm

Senators Alexander and Kerry Talk Energy for Earth Day

In a special blog post on The Energy Collective earlier last week, Tennessee Senator Lemar Alexander reflected on the environmental concerns discussed during the first Earth Day 40 years ago.

Pointing out that initial focus was on the state of the planet and various kinds of pollution, he recalls how during “the first Earth Day and that is that, at the time, the Sierra Club and other environmental organizations were supporting nuclear power.  In fact, nuclear energy was regarded as a savior to our environmental dilemmas.  It cleaned the air of pollution and didn’t take up a great deal of space.”

Alexander explains why anyone would consider nuclear energy as a green energy source:

“The main thing is its tremendous energy density.  The Nature Conservancy took note of this last August in their paper on “Energy Sprawl.”  The authors looked at the amount of space required to produce energy from the various technologies – something no one had ever done before.   They came up with some remarkable findings. 

Nuclear turns out to be the gold standard.  You can produce a million megawatt-hours of electricity a year – that’s the standard they chose – from a nuclear reactor sitting on one square mile.  That’s enough electricity to power 90,000 homes.”

A post from Senator Kerry in the Earth Day spirit could also be found on the Energy Collective calling for Americans “to force Congress to pass climate and energy legislation, the comprehensive stuff not the weak tea…

And here’s what I’m saying and what we need you to demand: this is the way to transform our energy economy – put Americans back in control of our energy production – instead of sending so much of our money to oil-rich regimes around the world (yes, $100 million every day to Iran!)  – and creates millions – millions – of the clean energy jobs that can power our economy in the next century.”

Both of these posts have one clear message: clean energy solutions, including both nuclear energy and renewables, are a must for America.

April 23, 2010 | 3:30 pm

We Have Energized Earth Day!

Thanks to everyone who signed up for the Energizing Earth Day initiative. This included well over 200 individuals and organizations that have pledged their support for clean energy, including nuclear energy and renewables, as a way to protect our environment and our planet.

Even through Earth Day 2010 has come and gone; there is still time to sign up. We will keep the site live for a little while longer so a few more can sign up. Also, please remember the Climate Rally will be held on the National Mall on April 25, where people can express their support for more clean energy as a way to control greenhouse gases.

Also a special thanks to artist Suzanne Hobbs of PopAtomic Studios who supplied the dedicated art for Energizing Earth Day and to author and environmentalist Gwyneth Cravens who wrote a series of special blog posts for our Earth Day coverage at the AREVA North America Blog.

We also would like to thank the following organizations for their support:

  • ADAGE
  • Constellation Energy
  • Dewey Square Group
  • Duke Energy
  • EDF Inc.
  • Energy Northwest
  • Grow Idaho Falls
  • Idaho Falls Power
  • Idaho National Laboratory
  • Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding
  • Nuclear Energy Institute
  • Pew Center on Global Climate Change
  • UniStar Nuclear Energy

Best regards,

Jarret Adams

April 23, 2010 | 9:35 am

Let’s Move From “Us Versus Them” to “We”

by Gwyneth Cravens
CravensPowertoSavetheWorld.com

As I looked out the window, and I saw the sun coming up and the curvature of the Earth, I thought, “Wow. The Earth is round.” But when I saw it with my own eyes, it meant something different to me. And looking at the Earth’s atmosphere and seeing how thin it is, you realize the Earth is a very fragile planet.
—Eileen Collins, space-shuttle commander

In a microcosm, Earth Day, 1970, had the effect of creating a community out of a New York City block full of isolated strangers. All over the country similar small miracles occurred. What had been an ignored commons was transformed and so, for a time, were we. Now it’s more evident than ever that what happens to the atmosphere or the ice caps and glaciers on one part of the globe becomes everyone’s problem. The increasing droughts in some areas due to temperature rise are putting dust in the lungs of children thousands of miles away. China’s smog drifts to California. We can’t survive as isolated, self-regarding entities. We’re linked to the destiny of all humans and the destiny of the earth, as Stewart Brand foresaw when he searched for a visual way to express that truth. Our personal destinies, and the destinies of our children, grandchildren, and remote descendants are intimately linked to choices we make today.

Special Guest Blogger Gweneth Cravens

The environmental movement, misinformed, with good but terribly misguided intentions, scared the public about nuclear power. Nuclear plants that had been planned were not built. Others were shut down. My fellow protestors and I wanted the Shoreham nuclear plant closed, and it was. (As a result, almost all of Long Island’s electricity now comes from fossil fuels—mostly dirty, deadly diesel.) But anti-nuclear activists did not cause the hiatus. Problems abounded in the fledgling nuclear industry – cost overruns, increasingly longer construction times, lack of experience with the new technology among private-utility operators, and in some instances a lack of a safety culture. For all these reasons, we kept burning more coal and gas when a far better option, if wisely employed, was available. And in fact many American nuclear plants have been run very well, quietly and efficiently providing cheap electricity that otherwise would have come from burning coal.

When I began my nuclear journey I didn’t know about base-load electricity—the steady flow that reliably meets the minimum demand at all times. I thought we could get all the power we needed from wind, sunlight, conservation and efficiency. These all are useful, but the fact is that base-load comes from only a few sources: fossil fuel combustion (about 75%), hydroelectric dams (about 6%), and nuclear power (20%). Of these, nuclear power is the only clean, readily expandable resource and has the smallest environmental footprint. To reduce carbon emissions, fossil fuel plants must be replaced whenever possible with nuclear plants. We’re accustomed to thinking of them as gigantic, but in fact reactors actually come in a variety of sizes and can be adapted to a variety of needs. (The Nuclear Navy has demonstrated the flexibility of reactors. After the earthquake in Haiti, a nuclear aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Carl Vinson, came to the rescue. Process heat from the ship’s reactor enabled the desalination of 400,000 gallons of seawater a day to keep people alive.)

Climate scientists use probabilistic risk assessment methodology to analyze climate change. Reactor scientists use the same methodology to determine reactor and fuel-cycle safety. So why do some people in the technical community remain skeptical of climate-change science, which is derived from a vast body of data and which is supported by nearly 100% of climatologists? And why do those in the environmental community who are convinced of climate change because of the science want to limit or obliterate nuclear power? There are good reasons that high-profile climatologists like James Hansen campaign for more nuclear plants.

No matter what our opinions, we all are participating in the huge release of carbon into the atmosphere with every keystroke, every flip of the switch in our households, every purchase of a doodad from China. Ocean acidification, destroyer of oxygen-producing marine life, and the rapid rise in the average global temperature will not wait while we argue about which side is right. It’s time to drop all that and become more conscious of our shared destiny.

We need to listen to one another. I look forward to a time when nuclear engineers routinely participate in Earth Day and understand that they in fact comprise the leading edge of the environmental movement. Because of my own experience about prejudices I harbored because of wrong information, I’d like to see every anti-nuclear activist tour a nuclear plant and learn about the extraordinary scientific, humanitarian, earth-friendly feat occurring within its sturdy walls. I encourage people on both sides of the debate to examine their biases and to help others make the transition from myth to science-based fact.

The power to save the world does not like in rocks, rivers, wind, or sunshine. It lies in each of us.

Gwyneth Cravens is the author of Power to Save the World: The Truth About Nuclear Energy and has written articles on science and other topics for The New Yorker, Harper’s, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other publications.

April 22, 2010 | 11:30 am

A Journey from Myth to Fact

by Gwyneth Cravens
CravensPowertoSavetheWorld.com

Yesterday I mentioned some beliefs I once held:

  • Manmade radiation is far more dangerous than natural radiation—cosmic radiation, for instance.
  • Even a tiny speck of manmade radioactive material can kill you.
  • Radiation from a nuclear plant can travel hundreds of miles and kill you.
  • Nuclear plants are just ticking atomic time bombs. Without warning they can explode and kill millions and cause cancer, and mutations. The Chernobyl accident killed tens of thousands of people.
  • Nuclear plants could easily be taken over by a few gunmen and the fuel in the reactor stolen and turned into an atomic bomb.
  • The people who work in the nuclear field are indifferent to humanity and to the environment.
  • A coal-fired plant is safer than a nuclear plant any day.
  • Nobody knows what to do with nuclear waste. Mountains of it are piling up everywhere. It lasts forever and will turn huge tracts into radioactive wastelands.

Special Guest Blogger Gweneth Cravens

This list of problems seemed to me a deal-breaker for nuclear power as an environmental savior. (I believed the information to be true because it had been told to me repeatedly by organizations responsible for good works, like saving whales and cleaning up birds caught in oil slicks.) And was Rip Anderson-the scientist who told me that if we were going to protect humanity and ecosystems from devastation we needed nuclear power–aware of its dangers? I knew nothing of his day job, which turned out to be leading the team that got the country’s first permanent, deep-geologic, nuclear waste repository, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, certified by the EPA and opened. I soon discovered that he was an expert in probabilistic risk assessment. He listened patiently to my concerns, and carefully explained that they lacked scientific basis. He introduced me to his colleagues—experts in physics, engineering, radiation biology, microbiology, radiology, epidemiology, geology, risk perception, and other endeavors—and he suggested I see for myself what went on in the nuclear world. That’s how the Nuclear America Tour began.
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April 22, 2010 | 9:30 am

PopAtomic Studios and Energizing Earth Day

We’ve long been a fan of the art shop PopAtomic Studios and their work.

When we began the project for Energizing Earthday, they jumped to mind as a key partner for the new branding. For readers unfamiliar with them, PopAtomic Studios is a design shop based in NC, lead by Suzanne Hobbs. She describes the mission for the studio:

“After many years of dinner table conversations with Dad and his Nuke friends about the need to improve public perceptions of Nuclear Energy, in December of 2008 I decided to take matters into my own hands. As a formally trained sculptor and public artist, I have been lucky to work for some of the most respected artists in my field including Nina Hole and Mel Chin. I have learned the the subtle ways that art influences our daily lives and I realized that I could use my knowledge to show, rather than tell the world the truth about nuclear energy. My intention is to show that nuclear is the safest, most reliable energy source available as well as the best solution to Climate Change, through the creation of thought provoking icons and site specific public artwork. After all, you can’t have a Nuclear Renaissance without Art!”

Cooling Tower Sketch

For the specific Earth Hour branding, the design process began this way:

“For the logo I used existing, instantly recognizable icons, but I put them into a new context. I use these sorts of icons because they transcend the language and generation gaps that sometimes hinder communication. Pairing a lightbulb (bright ideas, energy, electricity) and earth (connectedness, foresight, responsibility), which tend have positive meanings with a cooling tower (not as clear on meaning, positive for some, scary for others) begs the questions ‘what is the relationship between these images?’ and ‘Is nuclear energy in fact a positive solution to the energy problems facing our planet?’”

And the creation of the brand was very physical and non-digital, using real tactile materials to bring iconic elements together:

“I cut everything out of paper and carefully put the pieces together, often scanning different arrangements until I am satisfied. Color is very important in communicating through images, so I tend to use bright inviting colors that I can tweak on the computer using virtual color mixing. Sometimes this process leads to funky shadows and color variations that I feel add to the finished product, making it stand out as an individual artwork rather than just another logo.”

Artist, Suzanne Hobbs

Suzannne describes her plans going forward:

“Eventually I plan to open a collective studio space and educational resource center focused on providing simple, accurate information about energy for kids and adults alike. We also plan to offer fun artwork ranging form t-shirts to jewelry to cooling tower shaped coffee mugs, so we can all proudly show our support of nuclear energy in our daily lives. You can check out what we’ve created so far at PopAtomic.org.”