2017-2018 were very important years for the development of CR2020’s long term goal to create a multi-media platform to present and illustrate the connection of the Nuclear Legacy to Climate Change. These two issues are the biggest challenges facing life on this planet — both are the result of the hubris of industrialization.
In these past two years, there were two trips to the Republic of the Marshall Islands. These trips were coordinated in conjunction with Living Islands ongoing projects in the region.
On the first trip, important working contacts were established. Living Islands’ coordination was instrumental for CR2020 to secure Tony deBrum’s final interview. This was truly a bittersweet great honor.
On the second, in 2018, CR2020 made the journey along with Mike Halferty the Senator of Arno Atoll to Enewetak Atoll where the United States tested 43 of its largest nuclear weapons. CR2020 journeyed to Runit Dome one of the most radioactively toxic places on the planet which is poised to become a global environmental catastrophe when it is covered by the rising oceans due to Climate Change in a mere few decades.
2017-2018, CR2020 continued recording and cataloging the stories of Atomic Veterans, the military personnel who witnessed the testing atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons.
In May 2018, CR2020 attended and filmed the 1 st international conference of Atomic Veterans. In attendance were veterans from the United States, Great Britain, and France. CR2020’s goal is to collect the stories of all who participated in the nuclear tests; military and civilian.
October 2018, CR2020 went to the Navajo reservation to begin making contacts with the Native People who mined the uranium that went into nuclear weapons during the Cold War. This uranium mining also devastated the local environment and the health of the miners and their families.
2017-2018 were great development years for CR2020. Tho not as much was accomplished as had been hoped for.