from the 'german papers'
from THE GERMAN PAPERS:
In the process of my own environmental education, I am translating a series of articles on environmental issues in Germany, from a German newspaper, the Remscheider Generel Anzeige (RGA). It is a small regional paper, around the town of Remscheid, which is close to the Ruhr, and the most densely populated area of Europe, but is also situated among rolling forested hills in Bergisch Land. I hope it will indicate the general level of concern about the environment in Germany.
I start with translations of three articles on energy. There is currently heated debate there on nuclear power and coal. The first article expresses disappointment with the ‘softening’ of the plans to reduce carbon emissions. The second is an overview of the nuclear programs of Turkey and Germany’s neighbours in Europe and the third is about the judicial dissent on the form and duration of the phasing out of nuclear energy which was decided on after the Fukushima disaster in Japan. Accompanying the set of three articles will be a discussion on their significance for environmental policy in South Africa and globally.
environmental education and the varioius european environmental ideologies
I feel that Germany is a role model on the environmental front in many ways, and it saddens me that they are phasing out coal and nuclear energy while we in South Africa are building coal plants with our unusually dirty polluting coal, and in a massive nuclear planning process. I feel it may be due to the aggressive nuclear technology marketing of Germany’s more conservative neighbours, and you will get an idea of the nuclear ideologies in the article comparing the policy of different European countries. It is sad that we are buying into this old school energy ideology, when we are the fifth sunniest nation on the globe and have and can afford alternatives.
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