Dr. Helen Caldicott
Dr. Helen Caldicott

Dr. Helen Caldicott is the single most articulate and passionate advocate of citizen action to remedy the nuclear and environmental crises. Dr. Caldicott has devoted the last 38 years to an international campaign to educate the public about the medical hazards of the nuclear age and the changes necessary in human behavior to stop environmental destruction.

Co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility, Dr Caldicott has received many prizes and awards for her work, 20 honorary doctoral degrees, and was personally nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Linus Pauling - himself a Nobel Laureate. The Smithsonian Institute has named Dr Caldicott as one of the most influential women of the 20th Century.

"When I heard Dr. Caldicott speak, in Ira Allen Chapel years ago, you could hear a pin drop in the crowded auditorium. Her message is as compelling and relevant now as it was then. I was left with the realization that it is up to us to prevent the unthinkable: nuclear disaster whether from war or power plant. This trumps all for the survival of our planet." --Deb Van Dyke, NP, of Green Mountain Global Forum and Doctors Without Borders

Dr. Caldicott's visit to Vermont is timely as our state grapples with the health and environmental impacts of tritium leaks at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon.

Post Presentation News

Review ad placed in Rutland Herald, Sunday, 4/18.

4/26/10 Update—An advertisement was sucessfully placed with dollars collected at recent Dr. Caldicott events, including GMGF's well-attended event in Waitsfield. At each of her events many people contributed to run an ad about the Medical and Environmental Consequences of Nuclear Power. In all, $1,400 dollars were raised and used to purchase a 1/2 page ad on page 3 of the 4/18 Sunday edition of the Rutland Herald. We chose this paper for two reasons: it reaches out to a part of the state that Dr. Caldicott's speaking tour did not reach; and, we were able to buy a half page (vs 1/4 page in BFP), which seemed like a better choice considering the amount of text in the ad.

Dr. Caldicott's tour in Vermont included two additional free public speaking events:

  • Monday, March 29th, 6:00 pm, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael's College, off Rte. 15, Colchester (Contact: Edmundite Center for Peace and Justice)
  • Wednesday, March 31st, 4:30 pm, Moore Hall, Filene Auditorium, Dartmouth College (Contact: Sierra Club, 802- 885-4826)

Dr. Caldicott's Vermont tour was supported by Green Mountain Global Forum; VNRC; VPIRG; Edmundite Center for Peace and Justice at St. Michael's College; Sierra Club; and Big Picture Theater.

For more information, contact Green Mountain Global Forum at 802-496-4566.

Venue: The Big Picture Theater in Waitsfield, 7 p.m. start. The public was welcome to attend this free event.