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Third Thursday Newsletter: June 2022

Breakfast Talk on Nuclear Threats

Dr. Peter Andersen, retired professor emeritus at San Diego State University, will address "The Nuclear Threat at San Onofre and Throughout America: Problems and Solutions," during a breakfast meeting of La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary 8 a.m. June 17 at the La Jolla Marriott, 4240 La Jolla Village Drive. The cost is $25.

Andersen's talk will be webcast on Zoom.

A communications expert, Andersen explores health communication, persuasion, risk communication and nonverbal communication. He has published six books.

Dr. Andersen is a strong supporter of the Samuel Lawrence Foundation and belongs to a Sierra Club task force on nuclear waste. We can't think of a stronger voice to speak on the dangers at San Onofre and are pleased to co-sponsor his talk. Thank you, Dr. Andersen!


Diablo Canyon Petition Deadline

The deadline is 2 p.m. June 17 to join Samuel Lawrence Foundation and more than 90 other groups opposing plans to prolong operations at the Diablo Canyon Power Plant. Gov. Gavin Newsom is moving to extend the life of the aging nuclear plant to meet California’s energy demands.

Meanwhile, advocacy groups and individuals are adding their signatures to a letter that we encourage you to sign.

“We urge you to follow through with the Biden’s administration’s commitment to environmental justice and climate action and honor the agreement to close Diablo Canyon,” Nuclear Information and Resource Service Executive Director Timothy Judson writes in the letter to U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm. “Bailing out old nuclear power plants is not the way to spark the energy transition we need to save the climate, create good jobs, build a strong economy, and advance environmental justice.”


Dilution is Not the Solution for Pollution

June 11 was a day of action to oppose Japan's plans to discharge more than 1 million tons of isotope-laced wastewater from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean.

Stored in tanks at the site of the 2011 meltdown, the water contains tritium, strontium, plutonium, and other radionucleotides. The discharge is approved for the spring of 2023.

The Samuel Lawrence Foundation is joining forces with a number of activist groups to lobby federal regulators and policymakers to pressure Japan not to pollute the ocean. You can help by adding your name to a petition being circulated by our friends at San Clemente Green.

[Petition no longer active]


Dance Start for Head Start

Head Start instructors joined us at Tidelands Park in Coronado June 3 for a year-end luncheon and primer on Dance Start, a Samuel Lawrence Foundation initiative designed to get kids moving. The Dance Start program is expanding to Head Start classrooms throughout the region.


Summer Camp for Underserved Kids

The Pass the Mic Summer Camp started Monday in Newbern, Alabama, and we are proud to support this enriching experience to develop youth leaders in underserved communities. Targeted for rural children ages 12 to 19, the camp includes art therapy, mentorship and plenty of sports, music and recreation. The camp concludes with a community festival.


Staff Spotlight: Hannah Burns

Introducing Hannah Burns, our new executive assistant. Hannah is bringing fresh ideas to our collaborations at Diablo Canyon and Uniontown, Alabama. She quickly has mastered task after task around the office.

Elsewhere in the world of work, Hannah has taught life sciences at Cathedral Catholic High School, was a member of SeaWorld San Diego's rescue team for stranded marine mammals, was a student teacher at High Tech High and a tour guide at San Diego Zoo. In Costa Rica, Hannah piloted citizen science programs for conservation of the tree sloth.

She holds a master's degree in education from University of San Diego and a bachelor's degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from UC San Diego.

Hannah's tech skills will find a home here. Maybe she'll take us on one of her adventure tours. We're so pleased she has joined the team.

Welcome aboard, Hannah!



Euronews, June 14, 2022

Reuters, June 1, 2022

The American Scholar, June 1, 2022

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