Berlin — A GERMAN environmental activist has challenged African and European countries to consider finding other sources of energy instead of establishing nuclear power plants which have proved to be unsafe to the world.
The activist urged other nations that had nuclear plants to emulate Germany that had commenced phasing out the facilities and had since closed seven stations while the remaining would be phased out by 2022.
Friend of the Earth Campaign activist in Germany, Miko Omiestanski said for the sake of the future and the environment, it was in the best interest of the new generation should not construct nuclear power plants.
The plants had proved to be unsafe as evidenced in the Fukushima nuclear reactors in Japan which suffered a meltdown as a result of the earthquake and Tsunami in March last year.
He was speaking during a presentation on "Germany's Energy system, an example beyond Europe" to journalists undergoing training on environment.
Mr Omiestanski said the answer to have access to power lay in investing in renewable energies such as solar and it was possible to get other sources of energy.
He said some countries like Germany and Spain had committed themselves to phasing out nuclear power, while the United Kingdom (UK), France and other European countries recently committed themselves to building new power plants, while some, including Ukraine and Finland, already had.
He said Germany had shown the world that it was prepared to pay more for the power if it meant getting rid of the dangers of nuclear, hence the increased renewable industry which had created about 367,000 jobs compared to 64,000 in nuclear.
He said Germany's coalition government recently announced a reversal of policy that would see all the country's nuclear power plants phased out by 2022.
The decision makes Germany the biggest industrial power to announce plans to give up nuclear energy.
"Other countries should emulate European countries such as Germany that has taken a bold decision to phase out nuclear power plants following the Fukushima disaster.
Chancellor Angela Merkel set up a panel to review nuclear power following the crisis at Fukushima in Japan.
There were mass anti-nuclear protests across Germany in the wake of March's Fukushima crisis, triggered by an earthquake and tsunami.
And a former correspondent on environment with the Guardian Newspaper Paul Brown cautioned against mining of uranium saying the move did not only have a negative impact on the environment but was also capable of bringing about animal conflict as many areas where uranium had been discovered were mostly within game management areas.
He urged the media to be the voice and engage themselves in research so as to inform the readers and listeners with understanding.