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Jan 26, 2013 - Peace Boat and FoE International traveling for "A Future with Sustainable Energy"

Young latin-american environmentalists travel aboard Peace Boat, promoting sustainable energy.

The 78th global journey left Yokohama on December 14, 2012 with more than 900 passengers on board, mostly ofJapanese nationality. This trip will make stops in several countries in the southern hemisphere before returning to Japan on March 25, 2013, visiting countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Peru.

The main theme of this trip is "Establishing Connections" by means of programs focusing on the "Global South," with programmes on the future of nuclear energy, sustainable development,indigenous identity, and the transition to democracy, among others.

During this voyage, Peace Boat and Friends of the Earth (FoE) International come together to invite on board a group of young people from various countries in Latin America as international students who will join the ship from Rio de Janiero to Valparaiso as a follow-up to the Rio + 20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. The participating youth will share the situation of energy sources in their respective countries, and learn about the ongoing reality of the nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan. The nuclear power plant of Fukushima suffered serious damage during the natural disaster in March of 2011, resulting in the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl.

This radioactive contamination continues to spread through extensive areas, causing devastating damage to agriculture, fisheries and livestock, thus raising serious concerns about food safety. The plant remains in an extremelyunstable state as large quantities of highly contaminated water have accumulated inside the collapsed plant, and the environmental effects are still unknown. Through educational programs on board, we seek to raise awareness about the danger of nuclear energy and encourage the creation of new alternative sources of renewable energy for a sustainable future.

This program is carried out with visits to the ports of Rio de Janeiro(January 26), Buenos Aires (January 30), Montevideo (January 31), Ushuaia (February 5), Punta Arenas (February 7), and Valparaiso (February 14). Participants will travel through the straights of Patagonia, creating awareness about the importance of thinking about alternative energy sources for the region and calling attention to the environmental impact and hazard generated by the possible construction of hydroelectric dams in Patagonia, nuclear power plants in Brazil, and other contaminating energy sources in the Latin America. Renewable energy has enormous potential for building a sustainable, decentralized, and community-like society, that can co-exist in harmony with nature.

For more information, please contact:
Maria Perez - maria.peaceboat@gmail.com
Emilie McGlone - Emilie@peaceboat-us.org
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