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Overshoot and Tech Dreams by Chuck Baclagon
May 31, 2009, 3:04 pm
Filed under: Deep Green, Stop climate change | Tags: , , ,

Global warming is a symptom of human overshoot: the consumption and waste that exceeds the biophysical capacity of the Earth. If we attempt to reduce the fever, but ignore the disease, we will, at best, extend the suffering.

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Some thoughts on lobbying… by Chuck Baclagon

Yesterday I went to Congress with other volunteers to help our campaigners lobby at Congress.

The plan was simple we would go from door to door to every signle lawmaker’s office, and give them the information pack that has all the materials that we’ve produced to substantiate our argument against nukes, along with the names of those who signed our weeklong online petition.

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The campaign that launched 1000 geeks by Chuck Baclagon

Cool IT Challenge - the Greenpeace campaign that lets you place your bets and your pressure on CEOs to show some climate leadership.

If saving our climate was a game of poker and all the various stakeholders – our heads of state, the energy industry, environmentalists, etc – were players, there would be one player at the table who hasn’t yet shown their cards. The hold-out in this particular game is the Information Technology (IT) Industry, a player who is sitting on a lot of chips in a high stakes game, despite holding a winning hand.

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Exxon funding for junk science revealed by Chuck Baclagon
May 27, 2009, 3:48 am
Filed under: Stop climate change | Tags: , , ,

From Making Waves

Kert Davies, over at the ever-vigilant Exxon Secrets site, writes:

Finally. After years of denying its role in the campaign of climate denial, Exxon has revealed a dirty secret, that it has and likely still is DIRECTLY funding junk scientists.

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A day after the ride… by Chuck Baclagon
The ride may be over but not the struggle for a nuclear-free Philippines

The ride may be over but not the struggle for a nuclear-free Philippines

“Was it worth it?”

A day after the activity at Congress’ gate, I find myself asking this question.

After two days of traveling, was it worth it?

I find it weird that somehow after stepping out of my routine for the weekend I somehow find myself asking whether what we did made a difference.

Well, I suppose it did.

Because for a week and for the weekend we were able to step out and actually do something, and in some ways it was doing something that most of us are already fond of doing. We pedaled with cyclists who for the who rode bicycles most part of their lives. We had people sign petitions. Some of them decided to forward our appeal to their friends, while some eagerly put the petition on their profile status in Facebook, while some wrote blogs or followed Tweets.

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Greenpeace “Energy Revolution Bike Ride” concludes with a call to Congress to reject Nuclear energy by Chuck Baclagon

The bike ride that began in the far flung town of Morong, Bataan concludes with thousands of concerned Filipinos sending a clear message to the House of Representatives to reject any proposal for nuclear power in the country and instead enable massive uptake of renewable energy.

A Hope from Beijing to Stop Indonesia Forest Destruction by Chuck Baclagon
May 25, 2009, 6:59 am
Filed under: Protect ancient forests | Tags: , , , ,

Bustar Maitar, Forest Campaigner for Indonesia

Bustar Maitar, Forest Campaigner for Indonesia

China, the country that just held the most spectacular Olympic Games in History, and country with large new economy power. With almost two billion people, China is the most important market for Indonesia. Couple years ago we heard that China was a large receiver of woods that came from illegal logging activities in Papua Forests.

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Energy Revolution Bike Ride: Day 2 by Chuck Baclagon
One of the bikers talking about the Bike Ride in San Fernando, Pampanga

One of the bikers talking about the Bike Ride to kids in San Fernando, Pampanga

After repeatedly hearing Heber Bartolome’s ‘Payag ka ba?‘ for the nth time during the bike ride its easy to think that being part of the movement against nukes means enlisting to a perpetual battle of putting the nuclear threat kept at bay.

But what seems like a perpetual defensive on the dangers of nukes is actually a misnomer, because one needs not only to look at the issue of nuclear power from the vantage point of someone who wants it to be stopped. I mean yes, it needs to be stopped,  because it is an unacceptable risk to the environment and to humanity. The only solution is to halt the expansion of all nuclear power, and for the shutdown of existing plants.

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“Energy Revolution” Bike Ride: Day1 by Chuck Baclagon
Volunteers of Greenpeace, Livestrong and Firefly Brigade leave Morong, Bataan 180 kilometers west of Manila, during the start of the “Energy Revolution Bike Ride to oppose the proposed revival of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant.

Volunteers of Greenpeace, Livestrong and Firefly Brigade leave Morong, Bataan.

After a few mishaps last night including an injury, car problem and hours of delay. We arrived exhausted. It was there in Morong that we all spent the night in an elementary school classroom.

By 5AM the following morning I was surprised that the sun was almost up, and the folks from Live Strong were already prepared and warming up in the basketball court adjacent to the room where we were all sleeping.

Signage that marks the location of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant.

Signage that marks the location of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant.

At 7:30 AM we were already reciting the responsorial Psalm at the send-off liturgy that was led by Fr. Ronnie of the Diocese of Morong, and the Nuclear-Free Bataan Movement (NFBM), by the time he sprinkled the bikers with his blessing we were off, from the town proper of Morong to the gate of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP), there we took pictures  at the guarded  gates of the plant.

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Danger: Nuclear power by Chuck Baclagon
May 20, 2009, 12:55 pm
Filed under: End the nuclear age | Tags: , , , ,

Not many people are aware of it, but here’s the new international symbol for radiation:

new radiation symbol

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