Energy Development

22 August 1980

The 21st Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 19-23 August, 1980 in Hamden, Connecticut:

To all Sections:

Be it resolved that the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom meeting in its 21st International Congress at Hamden, Connecticut, 19-23 August, 1980,

Urges all the governments that

  1. There be a halt to construction and a rapid phase out of all nuclear reactors.
  2. Increasing use be made of safe and renewable energy sources such as solar technologies for heating and cooling.
  3. More efficient use be made of all other resources, particularly in developed countries.
  4. There be decentralization of every facility and use of small scale energy technologies more appropriate, especially for developing countries and which will create many more jobs.
  5. The World Bank and Export-Import banks eliminate loans for nuclear reactors and instead fund safe and renewable energy technologies.

(See also the resolution of the 20th Congress, August, 1977, which calls for: “a free flow of information concerning nuclear hazards, immediate attention to the unsolved problems of waste disposal, the possibility of terrorism through theft of nuclear materials, the violation of civil liberties through increased miniaturization of nuclear plants, and especially the problem of proliferation of plutonium which can be used for nuclear bombs” as well as the above 5 points.)