March 28, 2008

Activism - Physicians for Social Responsibility

Dr Helen Caldicott: The Earth is in the Intensive Care Unit

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This week we devote the entire episode to Dr. Helen Caldicott, one of the founders of Physicians For Social Responsibility (PSR).

In this piece, edited by PepperSpray’s Patricia Boiko, Dr. Caldicott talks of the nuclear issues and the health of the earth from the perspective of a healer/physician.

Dr. Caldicott was in Seattle a few months back and PepperSpray collective members rallied around with her to radio stations and to the Washington meeting of PSR where she was the keynote speaker.

Physicians for Social Responsibility an organization of 23,000 doctors committed to educating their colleagues and the public about the dangers of nuclear power, nuclear weapons and nuclear war.

After being instrumental in the formation of PSR in the US, Dr. Caldecott helped start similar medical organizations in many other countries.

The international umbrella group (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War) won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985.

She also founded the Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament, now Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) in the US in 1980.

Other professions took up the challenge of “social responsibility,” and the 1980s and 90s saw an array of organizations such as Computer Professionals For Social Responsibility, each with their own focus.

Books by Helen Caldicott referenced in the video:

Nuclear Power Is Not the Answer…

The New Nuclear Danger: George W. Bush’s Military-Industrial Complex…

War in Heaven: The Arms Race in Outer Space…

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War in Heaven – The Arms Race in Outer Space

Nuclear Madness - Interview with Dr. Helen Caldicott (must see video)

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