The shocking legacy of the nuclear accident at Chernobyl is still with us today. 26 years ago today the nuclear power plant in the Ukraine (pictured) exploded releasing radioactive material into the air. Due to atmospheric conditions it later contaminated areas of nearby Russia, Belarus and Moldova.
Since the nuclear accident thousands of people have suffered from a whole range of health issues and this is reason enough to consider safer forms of green generation, say environmental organisation Green Cross International.
According to Green Cross studies nearly ten million people still live in areas with residual contamination from the blast site.
Green Cross president Alexander Likhotal said: “Chernobyl’s deadly legacy still lingers in towns and villages in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus today, offering a terrible reminder of the folly of nuclear technology, including for power and weapons… Sustainable development and economic growth can and must be driven by environmentally friendly and safe forms of energy.”