Silent Killer: Nuclear Power and Cancer

Help the Safe Energy Project make a short film about the link between nuclear power plants and cancer, to shift nuclear policy in California and beyond
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Nancy Black
Video / Web
Santa Barbara, California
United States
6 Team Members

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!

The Impact

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. 

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  • $5USD
    Health Nut

    Get the e-booklet, "Preventing Radiation Toxicity Through Diet" by Julie Brown, MA, a psychotherapist who specializes in cancer prevention. These strategies to reduce the impact of radiation exposure, and help to prevent cancer. This e-booklet will be available by digital download after your pledge. Use it to empower your family and community. Let them know about this great campaign!

    13 out of 5000 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $25USD
    Advocate

    Digitally download "Nuclear Power: A Mistake in Search of a Mission", Chapter Five from "Freedom from MidEast Oil", by Rinaldo Brutoco and Dr. Jerry B Brown, plus the e-booklet, "Preventing Radiation Toxicity Through Diet". Savor the satisfaction of contributing to getting the word out about the link between nuclear power and cancer!

    10 out of 5000 claimed

    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $75USD
    Champion

    Authors Rinaldo Brutoco and Dr. Jerry B. Brown will personally sign a copy for you of their groundbreaking work, "Freedom from MidEast Oil". Download the ebooklet "Preventing Radiation Toxicity Through Diet", too! Use both to become an authority and impress friends and family with your energy knowledge! Also impress them with how you're contributing to this educational and advocacy campaign for safe energy. Someone get you a drink!

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    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $200USD
    Film Producer

    In addition to previous perks, receive an autographed copy of "Fukushima Meltdown", a fantastic resource on the Fukushima nuclear accident and ongoing crisis; get production credit on the film! That's right: we'll list all contributors above $200 with your name in lights, sharing to the world your vital part in making it happen.

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  • $500USD
    Nuclear Resource

    Not only do you get "Preventing Radiation Toxicity Through Diet", and signed books "Freedom from Mid-East Oil" and "Fukushima Meltdown", plus Producer film credit; we'll add a Geiger counter (value: $125)! You'll be able to monitor your home and community, and even share the info with us to map if you like! Become a local resource.

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    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $1,000USD
    Executive Producer

    In addition to all the previous perks like the e-booklet, two autographed books, and Geiger counter, get prominent Executive Producer film credit plus a certificate signed by our team expressing our thanks for your essential collaboration! You're making a movie that shares vital information on a silent and invisible killer, so we can shift to cleaner policies. You're a lifesaver.

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    Estimated delivery: September 2013
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