International Chernobyl Remembrance Day
Chernobyl continues to affect the lives of many people across Europe. Chernobyl’s Chernobyl Disaster affected areas are expected to remain for at least 150 more years before they can be rehabilitated.
The disaster has been referred to as one of the most dangerous and severe in human history. Therefore, the UN established a holiday to commemorate the past. Learn more about International Chernobyl Remembrance Day’s history and how you can take part in it.
Chernobyl’s Nuclear Power Plant was constructed in 1977 to produce electricity for the Soviet Union or, in modern terms, Pripyat (Ukraine) to support economic growth. The nuclear plant suffered some damage in 1982, before the famous incident. It took several months to fix.
The Chernobyl disaster was the first accident that was not reported. A power surge caused the disaster, causing core explosions and open flames. Radiation was then released into the atmosphere and surrounding areas. This radiation event affected large areas of Europe, even as far as Norway.
The incident led to the plant being shut down but the long-lasting and damaging effects of the accident were not. Air pollution was the main threat that led to radiation exposure for more than 8.4 million people.
Communication regarding the incident was delayed and kept secret in many places. Officials and residents of nearby towns did not communicate well, which led to many being affected by radiation from lethal rain and contaminated waters.
Many more people died as a result of the cleanup effort than the actual incident. Today, many have birth defects due to this impending catastrophe. As a result, the UN has created numerous initiatives and development approaches to address this problem.
The holiday was established in 2016 to educate people about the history and consequences of the incident, as well as prevent similar events from occurring again.
This holiday can be observed by starting to research the events surrounding the Chernobyl disaster. Light a candle to help those still affected by radiation from the disaster.
Listen to a live broadcast featuring speeches by UN Inter-Agency Task Force representatives who are trying to reduce the effects of the disaster. Lastly, share this holiday on social media using the hashtag #chernobyldisasterday and let everyone know why it’s important to remember this day.