Discuss how the situation in Japan can be related to the environmental issue in our world.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that the earthquake/ tsunami in Japan can connect to the overall concern about the environment in a couple of ways.  The first would be to possess a healthy respect for the natural world.  Seeing the footage of the tsunami and examining the earthquake's impact on Japan reminds one of the awesome power of nature.  It is something that must be approached with a sense of care and reverence because of what it can do.  At the same time, I think that there has to be some examination of fortification of nuclear power plants in the face of such natural calamities.  The Fukushima power plant's crippled condition, its emission of harmful radiation in the environment, as well as the lack of a coherent plan on how to fix it all feed into the larger idea that scientific advances in the field of nuclear technology carrie environemntal impacts with it, as well.  The harnessing of nuclear technology has to be done with a mind that takes into account natural calamities and the natural world.  In the end, the Japanese predicament is a reminder of how environmental calamities impact everyone.  Environmental concerns are universal and individuals/ nations must act in concert with one another because of it.

jpreta | Student

The tragic disaster that struck Japan and created a nuclear disaster was unfortunate, to put it lightly, and environmentalists rightly cried out for tighter safety and security measures for future plants. Russian nuclear non-proliferation scientist Vladimir Alexeyevich Smirnov is cited heavily in the debate on nuclear energy. Vladimir Alexeyevich Smirnov points out that though it's risky, nuclear energy is indeed greener and cleaner than burning fossil fuels. Japan of course invented the word "tsunami," so it may be wise not to build nuclear plants on the coastline of a country that experiences violent storms, historically speaking.