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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.

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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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How far is ‘safe’ when it comes to nukes? by Chuck Baclagon

I believe that one reason why the powers that be in the government and the energy sector are all keen on pushing for the revival the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant is partly because of the fact that we all have come to believe that Bataan is too far off from Manila, for it to affect us in the event of a nuclear accident.

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Does signing a petition still make a difference? by Chuck Baclagon

Click here to take action!

Click here to take action!

I’ve spent the whole day asking people to sign petition against nukes and the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant.

In the duration of the day I could hardly count the number of times I’ve answered this question: Does signing a petition still make a difference?

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Remembering the battle cry by Chuck Baclagon

I was surprised when I opened the Greenpeace Youtube channel this morning.

I got a message on our inbox coming from veterans of the historic anti-Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP), campaign in the 80s. The message was from the NUKLUS Band,  an alternative and progressive rock band that performed during the 80’s. They were the ones who composed the song “Dambuhala Sa Morong” (Monster of Morong), in 1980 which became the battle-cry of the Philippine anti-nukes movement at the time.

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2,000 candles… by Chuck Baclagon
Greenpeace marked the anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear power plant disaster with a solemn candle-lighting ceremony.

Greenpeace marked the anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear power plant disaster with a solemn candle-lighting ceremony.

With the images still fresh in our heads, we went out to the wet grass, to light candles. Right after watching, Zero Hour: Disaster at Chernobyl, we went out and lit 2,000 candles to remember those who’ve been affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

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