HELENSBURGH CND’s Beyond Nuclear conference was postponed twice last year due to the pandemic.

But the event will now be taking place virtually on January 31, from 11am to 4.30pm.

To be staged by virtual event group Cameron, Beyond Nuclear is designed to answer the question: “Why would we in Scotland want or need to have nuclear power stations when we have almost unlimited potential for clean, renewable energy production?”

The conference will be in two parts; the first an examination of the negatives involved in nuclear power production, contrasting with the positives of clean renewable energy in the second.

Lynn Jamieson, chair of Scottish CND, will lead off by establishing the link between nuclear power and nuclear weapons, followed by Rae Street from CNDUK, who will talk about their campaign No to Nuclear Power, concentrating on “expensive, dirty and dangerous”.

Radiation consultant Ian Fairlie will give an update on the situation at Hunterston, and he will be followed by Sean Morris, principal policy officer for UK and Ireland Nuclear Free Local Authorities, who will focus on the typical lack of preparedness for nuclear incidents, whether involving weapons or power stations. We’ll give details on more speakers next week.

Both the morning and afternoon sessions will be followed by a question panel.

Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced at £2, £5 and £10 so that people need only pay what they can afford.