Resilient species: preparing for something that rarely happens
Our yesterday regular meeting actually was not so regular at all. Firstly, we met online. Of course it's not the first time we do it, but it seems, that for quite a long time all or at least majority of our meetings and events will be held online. What is amazing about this, is that by going on line we really can bring the world into our bubble - we had several foreign attendees among which we had even Erik Campel (President 2020-2021 of our sponsor club Rotary/One of Chicago and also Conner Dixon (former 2016-2017 Rotary Youth Exchange student from Canada D6330 to Lithuania). Some members from others Lithuanian Rotary Clubs joined us as well.
Secondly and most importantly, as this week in such close proximity of our capital Vilnius, Belarusian Astravets Nuclear Power Plant (ANPP) was launched, we dedicated our meeting to look deeper into Energetic, Geopolitical and Civil Security issues that it entails. Together with our special invitees Naglis Navakas (Energy Expert) and Edgaras Geda (Head of Civil Protection Board, Fire and Rescue Department, Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania) we found out, that physical energy flow is not the same as it's commercial flow, even though this is usually presented as the same thing and such misunderstand results in large possibilities of speculations so frequently used by polititians. Amazingly great example to explain the difference regarding these two different flows was presented by Naglis Navkas: "We can compare physical flow of energy with the flow or our river Neris - it flows but no one is paying for it and no one makes commerce of it just because it flows". Of course, still the primary open question is how to prevent the entrance of electricity produced by ANPP into Lithuanian market. Here all our hopes are on LITGRID team, because to pass a law it's not enough. You need political will, institutions and technical instruments to comply with it.
Another important issue presented and analyzed during our meeting was Civil Readiness to respond in case emergency in ANPP occurs. Our second invitee Edgaras Geda presented informative, though preoccupying emergency management model elaborated by Lithuanian authorities. It is very important and good that we have such model, however it doesn't provide answers to many questions such as, are our institutions ready for evacuations, in case they will be needed, on what level our society is aware of such threat, what is it's readiness, how fast we will be notified about an accident in ANPP in case it occurs, and many more.
Nevertheless, promising is that accidents in Nuclear Power Plants are of extreme rare character. However to put everything in hands of hope seems too frivolous attitude.