The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) has criticised what it calls the “ill-advised” appointment by Theresa May of Michael Gove as Environment Secretary. Its condemnation comes ahead of a conference on renewable energy. And The Canary spoke exclusively to CND General Secretary Kate Hudson about climate change, renewables and the future under a potential Conservative-led government. The CND was formed in 1957, with the specific goal of campaigning for an end to nuclear weapons. But over the years, the group has broadened its remit, and on Saturday 17 June it will be holding a conference on renewable energy. Entitled No need for nuclear: the renewables are here, it will be tackling: What’s wrong with nuclear power; The politics of nuclear power; Energy demand and energy efficiency; The scope of renewables in the UK. Hudson told The Canary, tackling nuclear power is nothing new for the CND. In fact, she says the group has been addressing renewables for “decades”: CND is best known for being anti-nuclear weapons but for some decades now we have also had an anti-nuclear power stance. The technologies are inextricably linked and the radiation impacts are of shared devastation. Nuclear power is dirty, dangerous, expensive and absolutely unnecessary. Renewables now demonstrate that final point beyond all question. The idea that nuclear power is worth the risk is finished. Many countries already recognise that and it’s time for the UK to kick its nuclear addiction in the interests of people and planet.
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