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HANT BULLETIN: DECEMBER 2017


Season’s greetings to all our supporters – we wish you all the best for 2018 and would like to thank you for all your support during 2017 – the campaign continues…

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has” - Margaret Mead (1901-1978) : American Anthropologist and Activist


On the wider nuclear front the signing of the ICAN (international campaign to abolish nuclear weapons) treaty by 122 countries is a hopeful sign and the awarding of the Nobel Peace prize to ICAN

In March 2017 HANT had a stall at a Conference in the Scottish Parliament called “Humanitarian and Environmental Costs and Responsibilities of Nuclear Weapons” and Beatrice Fihn (Executive Director : ICAN) who received the Peace Prize on behalf of ICAN visited our stall and was supportive of our campaign
 
You can hear her speech at the ceremony and that of Hiroshima Survivor Setsuko Thurlow on this link: http://nuclearban.org/nobel

Read more: https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2017/press.html


Next Important HANT Event:
 
Thursday 1 February 2018 At 7.30 Pm (Finish By 9.30 Pm Latest), Spectrum Centre, 1b Margaraet Street, Inverness, IV1 1LS (next  to Inverness Bus Station) which will start with the traditional tea / coffee and biscuits. The meeting is free but donations for room hire are invited.

Agenda:

1. HANT ANNUAL GENERAL METING – Chair’s report / Treasure’s  report / Election of Office Bearers / AOB

2. GUEST SPEAKER : Dr. Judith Macdonald will give a talk on “The Human Cost of Nuclear Weapons” which will cover the UN treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Judith is a retired GP from Cromarty and has been involved in ICAN (international campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) and MEDACT (the UK affiliate of the  International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. After the talk there will be a discussion session.

New committee members urgently needed – we would like to recruit 3/4 new committee members – if you’re interested and would like to know what’s involved phone the Chair Tor Justad (07710 392 666) or e mail him : tor.justad@btinternet.com

Stephen Pennington (Treasurer) is standing down – many thanks are due to him for fantastic support and keeping track of HANT’s finances

Maree Todd MSP – now Minister for Childcare & Early Years – congratulations but sadly it means we lose her as a Committee Member, but she has promised her ongoing support – thanks Maree and good luck in your new role           

What has HANT been doing since the last Bulletin in October?

1. Stall at the Scottish Green Party Conference : Edinburgh : 21 October 2017

  • HANT’s stall attracted a lot of interest and leaflets were distributed and many signatures added to the HANT Petition                        
  • HANT Committee Members attended Workshops on the UN Treaty to Abolish Nuclear weapons & environmental topics

2. NFLA (Nuclear Free Local Authorities) Scotland Forum Autumn  Seminar : Glasgow : 26 October 2017 : Nuclear transportation, nuclear safety and the alternatives to nuclear power– core issues for Scottish local authorities

  • Tor Justad (Chair) provided an input on HANT’s campaign which was positively received by Councillors from all over Scotland as well as anti-nuclear campaign groups and other speakers on nuclear transport.

3. HANT film screening of “Countdown to Zero” : Muir of Ord : 8 November 2017

  • A small turnout for this but a lively debate and some new supporters signed up. It was agreed the film was very interesting and highlighted the consequences of increased proliferation of nuclear weapons

4.  Dounreay Stakeholder Meeting : Thurso : 5 December 2017– attended by Tor Justad (HANT Chair) as a Co-opted Member of the Public

  • This provides an opportunity to raise nuclear transport and other related issues
  • The main presentation was by DRS (Direct Rail Services) which runs the nuclear trains                    
  • In 2018 there will be trial to gauge whether other non-nuclear freight trains could use the Georgemas Terminal and reduce heavy goods traffic on the A9

5. HANT Committee Meeting by Skype : 6 December 2017
One of regular bi-monthly meetings to report on activity, plan for future events and review the campaign            

6. Near disaster with a cargo ship drifting without power for 16 hours and being within 100 metres of the Isle of Taransay

7.  HANT Committee Meeting: 23 December 2017

  • This is an annual opportunity to meet face to face with our volunteer IT Adviser who is invaluable and amongst other tasks keeps the email supporters list on record, e mails out the Bulletin using Word Press and advises on best use of social media etc. – many thanks due from HANT for this fantastic support.

8. At the first Committee Meeting after the AGM in February 2018 the new Committee will be planning the year’s events.

  • HANT expresses thanks to the LUSH Charitable Pot for its support and will find out in February whether an application to the Edge Fund has been successful


Watch this space for future events and on HANT’S FACEBOOK PAGE – see you in 2018!







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