Today in 1957: Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister, makes an impassioned speech appealing to the United States and the Soviet Union to end testing and begin nuclear disarmament. The two superpowers were the only nations with atomic weapons at the time.
Nehru had fought to free his country from British colonial authority through acts of nonviolent passive resistance with Ghandi, and they achieved independence. He stressed the urgency for the U.S. and U.S.S.R. to “save humanity from the ultimate disaster.”
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Fracking, the controversial technology for opening natural gas deposits, is the focus of a three-part Community Environmental Forum series. The final session is tonight, with a discussion of fracking’s impact on natural gas prices and the U.S. energy economy. The program will include Frank Greb, president of the Energy Center of Wisconsin; Phil Montgomery, chair of the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin; and Greg Nemet, a UW-Madison assistant professor of public affairs and environmental studies.This is free and open to the public. This is today at 5:30 p.m. in room 1106 of the Mechanical Engineering Building, 513 University Avenue. There’s a parking ramp right behind the building for those who choose to drive. For more info, visit nelson.wisc.edu/events.
The Hydrite Chemical plant in Cottage Grove wants to renew their hazardous waste license for another 10 years. The preliminary determination and other documents can be reviewed at the DNR office, located at 3911 Fish Hatchery Road in Fitchburg, and at the Pinney Branch Public Library, located at 204 Cottage Grove Road in Madison, Wisconsin. The DNR is now taking questions and comments from the public until December 17th. For contact information, visit the Kiosk website.
The Respite Center is a safe place for kids, ages birth to fourteen, whose families are under stress or in crisis. They are looking for volunteers to play with kids four hours a week. Training is required. Call 244-5730 for details.