Asheville Green Drinks hosts Nobel Peace Prize nominee

Here’s the press release:

Asheville Green Drinks hosts Nobel Peace Prize nominee
Caldicott named ‘one of the most influential women of the 20th Century’

ASHEVILLE – The single most articulate and passionate advocate of citizen action to remedy the nuclear and environmental crises, Dr Helen Caldicott, will speak at Asheville Green Drinks on April 11 at the First Congregational Church. The event is free and will start at 7:00pm. Refreshments will be donated by Buchi Kombucha.

Global Campaigner for a Nuclear-Free Planet ( Dr. Caldicott will reflect on the state of Nuclear world-wide in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster one year ago. She will also discuss health issues tied to radiation here in the Southeast.

Dr. Caldicott has devoted the last 35 years to an international campaign to educate the public about the medical hazards of the nuclear age and the necessary changes in human behavior to stop environmental destruction. She started her career as the founder of the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at the Adelaide Children’s Hospital in 1975 and as an instructor in pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and later resigned to work full time on the prevention of nuclear war. Since this time, she has authored five books and co-founded organizations such as the Physicians for Social Responsibility. She was also personally nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Linus Pauling, himself a Nobel Laureate, and named one of the most influential women of the 20th Century by The Smithsonian Institute.

As the Founder and President of the Nuclear Policy Research Institute (NPRI), and now the Caldicott Foundation, Dr. Caldicott’s mission is to facilitate a far-reaching, effective, ongoing public education campaign in the mainstream media about the dangers of nuclear weapons, power programs and policies.

Mary Olson of Nuclear Information and Resource Service ( ) will open the event, share new findings on radiation impacts and touch on the status of nuclear waste policies that could impact WNC.

Program: Wednesday, April 11

Time: 7:00pm

Location: First Congregational Church, 20 Oak Street in Asheville

Cost: Free

This event is hosted by Asheville Green Drinks and sponsored by Mountain Voices Alliance, SAFE Carolinas, Western North Carolina Alliance, Western North Carolina Chapter of the Sierra Club, and Buchi Kombucha.

Please join us for this very special event and contact Joy Irby at or 828-258-8737 if you have any questions.

Launched in 2006 as part of the international grassroots movement, Asheville Green Drinks is coordinated by the Western North Carolina Alliance and connects environmental ideas, media and action each week. Programming is developed by our Partners in Education including, Just Economics, Western North Carolina Green Building Council, United Nations Association, WNC Sierra Club, Transition Asheville, and Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute. For more information please view

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