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An open letter concerning the premature decommissioning of nuclear power plants in Germany

By 2019-05-13 Maj 22nd, 2019 No Comments

Polish version:

List otwarty w sprawie energetyki jądrowej w Niemczech

Link to the pettion:

https://www.petycjeonline.com/petycja_w_sprawie_ratowania_niemieckiej_energetyki_jdrowej_w_obliczu_katastrofalnych_zmian_klimatu

An open letter

concerning the premature decommissioning of fully functional nuclear power plants operating within the Federal Republic of Germany

Ms Chancellor,

Mr President,

Members of Parliament,

Representatives of churches and religious communities,

Scientists, artists and creators,

Representatives and activists of German ecological organisations

Citizens of the Federal Republic of Germany,

as the citizens of your neighbouring country, representing many groups and organisations, the world of science and culture, as citizens of the European Union, aware of the unprecedented threat to the biosphere related to the global climate change, we implore you to reconsider the decision on the final decommissioning of fully functional nuclear power plants operating within the Federal Republic of Germany made by German government in 2011.

The findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concerning the consequences of global climate warming by 1.5°C above the pre-industrial level and related global greenhouse gas emission scenarios indicate that – should global warming proceed at the current pace – the value of 1.5°C will probably be reached between 2030 and 2052.

Simultaneously, both the IPCC report and dozens of other reports and studies by scientists from all around the world predict the disastrous effect of global warming on the environment. The IPCC report also points out that future climate threats will depend on the pace, maximum value and duration of the warming. They stress the need to keep the temperature increase at around 1.5°C, which would limit pressure exerted by global warming on land and aquatic ecosystems, on which the lives of billions of people and the survival of thousands of other species depend.

In the IPCC climate mitigation scenarios where the 1.5°C threshold is not exceeded or only slightly exceeded, net global anthropogenic CO2 emissions drop to approximately 45% by 2030, compared to the 2010 level. These scenarios require rapid and far-reaching transformation in almost all areas of human endeavour – changing agriculture, protecting and restoring natural habitats, and mainly transforming the energy sector. In the majority of scenarios where warming is limited to 1.5°C or slightly over this threshold it is assumed that the share of nuclear power in electricity generation will increase.

We are aware of the ongoing discussion concerning the place for nuclear power in a long-term sustainable power generation model and we think it still requires more deliberation based on complete scientific data. However, abandoning low-carbon nuclear power before the complete end of burning of hard coal and lignite will result in technical and technological problems which will be very difficult to overcome in a short time period and will require the continued use of other fossil fuels, mainly natural gas. This in turn fails to provide expected rapid and effective decarbonisation.

As established by hundreds of scientists in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, only rapid and effective phase out of fossil fuels gives us a chance to keep global temperature increase below or only slightly over 1.5°C. As of today, this is necessary to ensure an acceptable future for billions of people.

That is why we appeal to you to reconsider your decision to end the use of nuclear power in Germany or to delay it until you have completely phased out the use of fossil fuels in the power industry and implemented effective, state-of-the-art technologies for the storage of power generated by renewables. This would accelerate the decarbonisation processes, serving as an example and giving hope to other countries on our planet, which will be making decisions on the future of their power systems and on their role in preventing climate change and degradation of the biosphere.

The decisions you make today will be extremely important. Germany is a global policy leader and an economic powerhouse, a country which provides guidance in the struggle to halt the warming of the Earth’s climate.

That is why we implore you, our neighbours, with this letter.

Yours sincerely,

  • Professor Tomasz Polak, PhD – „Boundary Questions” Research Group – Adam Mickiewicz University
  • Professor Szymon Malinowski, PhD – Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw and Geophysics Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Professor Małgorzata Kowalska – Philosophy and Ethics Department, University of Białystok.
  • Professor Jaromir Jeszke, PhD – „Boundary Questions” Research Group – Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań
  • Professor Ludwik Turko, PhD – University of Wrocław
  • Professor Michał Dadlez, PhD – Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Professor Piotr Dawidowicz, PhD – Hydrobiology Institute, University of Warsaw
  • Professor Ryszard Laskowski, PhD – Institute of Environmental Sciences, Jagiellonian University in Kraków
  • Professor Wiktor Kotowski, PhD – Department of Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation, University of Warsaw
  • Professor Joanna Pijanowska, PhD – Hydrobiology Institute, University of Warsaw
  • Professor Piotr Migoń, PhD – Institute of Geography and Regional Development, University of Wrocław
  • Professor Piotr Rybka, PhD – Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Mechanics, University of Warsaw
  • Professor Kazimierz Przyszczypkowski, PhD – Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań
  • Professor Piotr Stępień, PhD – University of Warsaw
  • Professor Dariusz Tarnawski, PhD – Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Wrocław
  • associate professor Krzysztof Świerkosz, PhD – Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Wrocław
  • Łukasz Dębowski, PhD – Institute of Computer Science, Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Iwona Jasser, PhD – Department of Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation, University of Warsaw
  • Marcin Kadej, PhD eng. – Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Wrocław
  • Paweł Koperski, PhD – Hydrobiology Institute, University of Warsaw
  • Michał Kuziak, PhD – Faculty of Polish Studies, University of Warsaw
  • Adam Stebel, PhD – Department of Pharmaceutical Botany and Herbal Medicine, Medical University of Silesia
  • Grzegorz Grzywaczewski, PhD – Faculty of Biology, Animal Sciences and Bioeconomy, University of Life Sciences in Lublin
  • Joanna Zalewska-Gałosz, PhD – Institute of Botany, Jagiellonian University
  • Rafał Nakonieczny, PhD – „Boundary Questions” Research Group – Adam Mickiewicz University
  • Dominik Domański, PhD – Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences, MS Lab
  • Paweł Gajda, PhD eng. – Faculty of Energy and Fuels AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków
  • Mikołaj Golachowski, PhD
  • Maria Gołąb, PhD – Institute of Nature Conservation, Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Łukasz Kozub, PhD – Department of Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation, University of Warsaw
  • Tomasz Kozak, PhD – Faculty of Arts, Maria Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin
  • Andrzej Mikulski, PhD – Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw
  • Eugeniusz Pronin, PhD – Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw
  • Beata Anna Polak, PhD – „Boundary Questions” Research Group – Adam Mickiewicz University
  • Grzegorz Piątek , PhD eng. – Faculty of Forestry, University of Agriculture in Kraków, botanist
  • Piotr Tyszko-Chmielowiec, PhD eng. – Wood Institute
  • Marzena Suchocka, PhD eng. – Warsaw University of Life Sciences
  • Mateusz Strzelecki, PhD – Faculty of Earth Sciences and Environmental Management, University of Wrocław
  • Konrad Ambroziak, PhD – CBT supervisor
  • Paweł Pawlikowski, PhD – Department of Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation, University of Warsaw
  • Magdalena Budziszewska, PhD – University of Warsaw
  • Michał Szpak, PhD eng. – environmental consultant
  • Paweł Nejfeld, PhD – botanist
  • Katarzyna Tymińska, PhD – National Centre for Nuclear Research
  • Adam Rajewski, MSc eng. – Institute of Heat Engineering, Faculty of Power and Aeronautical Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology
  • Jacek Olender, MSc – Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Paweł Pech – Department of Ecology, Biogeochemistry and Environmental Protection, University of Wrocław
  • Robert Sobolewski – Faculty of Environmental Engineering and Geodesy, Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences
  • Beata Orłowska – Ornithological Station, University of Wrocław
  • Aleksandra Kolanek – NATRIX Herpetological Association, Faculty of Earth Sciences and Environmental Management, University of Wrocław
  • Krzysztof Drozdowski – Wrocław University of Science and Technology
  • Jarosław Lipszyc – Nowoczesna Polska foundation president
  • Jan Śpiewak
  • Agata Brzezińska – Aquila foundation
  • Jan Zygmuntowski – Instrat foundation
  • Adam Bohdan – Fundacja Dziedzictwo Przyrodnicze
  • Paweł Kisiel – Dolnośląski Ruch Ochrony Przyrody
  • Adam Błażowski – Smart City engineer
  • Andrzej Gąsiorowski – lawyer, publicist
  • Łukasz Misiuna – Stowarzyszenie Psychoedukacyjno-Przyrodnicze MOST
  • Aleksandra Stanisławska – blog „Crazy Nauka”
  • Piotr Stanisławski – blog „Crazy Nauka”
  • Wojciech Gałosz – naturalist, ecologist
  • Paweł Droździak – psychologist, psychotherapist, publicist
  • Ewa Michalik-Kardaś
  • Janusz Olearczuk
  • Magda Rybka
  • Marek Misior – geologist
  • Katarzyna Bonda – writer
  • Jarosław Kubacki – theologian, pastor, publicist
  • Krzysztof Kowalski – Szczecin Atomic Movement
  • Zbigniew Szczęsny – Atheist Coalition
  • Renata Baron
  • Zbigniew Bohdanowicz
  • Henryk Sikora – anti-communist opposition activist
  • Joanna Gajek
  • Leszek Karlik
  • Paweł Karpiński – a councillor at the Wrocław City Council
  • Magdalena Kisielewska – psychologist, psychotherapist
  • Juliusz Kowalczyk
  • Albert Kłys
  • Jacek Lekki – psychotherapist
  • Joanna Makowska
  • Rafał Maszkowski
  • Łukasz Kowalczyk – attorney-at-law
  • Krystyna Romanowska – journalist
  • Witold Wysmułek – Permaculture Wierzbiny 7
  • Beata Sytkowska
  • Michał Wiśniewski
  • Aleksandra Gorczyca
  • Mikołaj Pokorski
  • Paweł Pokorski
  • Katarzyna Kacpura – Federation for Women and Family Planning

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