Reducing cancer rates
Dr. Jerry B. Brown was a researcher on the Baby Teeth Study, conducted by the Radiation and Public Health Project, that provided proof that radioactive Strontium-90 levels were rising in children's baby teeth. During the Cold War, similar proof, along with increasing rates of childhood cancer, convinced President Kennedy of the need to ban above-ground nuclear weapons testing in 1963. The studies show a direct link between nuclear power and cancer.
The World Business Academy, founded by Rinaldo Brutoco in 1987, has long been an advocate for safe energy. Most recently the Academy fought, with a strong non-profit community, to close San Onofre nuclear power plant in California − and won! The Academy was also granted legal status to argue that Southern California Edison should return over a billion dollars that ratepayers paid for electricity they didn't receive, due to the defective San Onofre reactors.
With Dr. Jerry Brown directing the Safe Energy Project, our team includes: World Business Academy Founder Rinaldo Brutoco and Executive Director Matt Renner; our filmmaker, Isaac Hernandez; Media Director Nancy Black; Executive Assistants Nancy Vasquez and Zoe Carter; and Accounting Manager, Maria Levitt.
We want to make a short documentary for wide YouTube distribution to let people know about these studies and the link between nuclear power plants and cancer: principally, cancers that affect women and children (leukemia, breast cancer, ovarian cancer). Regardless of the risk of a Fukushima-like accident, the nuclear plants themselves routinely release radioactivity into the air, water and soil. In the film, we'll spell out the risks and precautions to take against radioactive toxins.
We intend to use this video in presentations with the public, business community and lawmakers to impact public policy regarding nuclear power plants. What's possible is a decrease in the rate of cancer. We saw this occur when the Rancho Seco plant near Sacramento was shut down: cancer rates decreased.
What We Need & What You Get
We're budgeting $12,000 to produce a short film including historical footage, designed info-graphics, interviews with scientists, researchers and cancer victims who live near nuclear plants. We intend for this film to be educational, powerful, and moving. The possibility we intend to leave people with is that of a world with clean and safe energy.
We're offering perks including a practical guide to "Preventing Radiation Toxicity Through Diet,” autographed copies of fantastic books, "Freedom from Mid-East Oil” and "Fukushima Meltdown,” a great resource on the Fukushima nuclear accident and ongoing crisis; for $200 and over you can get Producer credit on the film, and for $500 we'll include a Geiger counter ($125/value).
If we don't reach our full goal, we'll continue to fundraise until we've met the budget. It would definitely slow us down. Help us get this film made as soon as possible, so we can use it to impact policy around nuclear power in California and beyond!
What if we could close the last remaining nuclear power plant in California, and following that if California cancer rates actually decrease? Imagine the decrease that's already occurring since San Onofre was shut down! That's less people, actual parents and kids with cancer, than would have had this horrible disease with the nuclear plant operating as it has been for decades. Now imagine that rippling out, generating a global decrease in cancer rates. This is our vision, and that’s what you're contributing to. Knowledge is powerful, and these studies show an irrefutable connection that the public and decision-makers need to know about.
Other Ways You Can Help
Even if you can’t contribute financially, you can still help:
- Get the word out and make some noise about the campaign! Share it on Facebook, Twitter, wherever you are. Let people know about this connection between nuclear power and cancer: knowledge is power!
- Use the Indiegogo share tools to get the word out faster and with ease.
Thank you for reading all of this, and for your support and contribution.