Greenpeace Southeast Asia

Sowing the seeds of the [r]evolution… by Chuck Baclagon
September 6, 2010, 11:12 am
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…in Cebu…

Anti-Nukes road show (Cebu)

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anti-nukes road show pangasinan leg by Chuck Baclagon
August 22, 2010, 8:51 am
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Last week, I joined Greenpeace on its Anti-Nukes Roadshow, a public awareness tour about the dangers of nuclear energy and to promote the Energy [r]evolution our campaign for renewable energy sources and energy efficiency practices, to the provinces that have passed resolutions that allow nuclear power plants to be constructed in their areas.

Our first stop is Pangasinan Pangasinan as earlier this year its provincial board members have voted 7 to adopt a resolution on the construction of nuclear power plants from South Korea along the province’s coastline.

The group set up their exhibit in the San Fabian church and Pangasinan State University in Lingayen to engage the public for almost a week.
Most of the people that we  talked to are not aware about the resolution, they are even shock that their board members will agree on this. Some of them are familiar about the dangerous effect of nuclear energy. When we asked them if they know about renewable energy they said yes and pointed out the Bangui wind farm in Ilocos as an example.

At the end of our trip we gathered more than a thousand signatures, written in paper pin wheels, which we will deliver to President Noynoy Aquino calling his support in promoting renewable energy instead of nuclear. Its a good experience engaging the people and getting their support on something that the future generations will surely benefit.

AC Dimatatac

Say you want a [r]evolution? by Chuck Baclagon

Lately there’s a lot of clamour for energy sources that can meet our electrical needs in the face of catastrophic climate change.

At the same time, this has also been taken up by the nuclear lobby in order to push forward their nuclear agenda on Philippine soil.

However, we here at Greenpeace believe that quick fixes, PR and rehash of old problems fall short of taking ‘genuine’ actions. Thus in the face of climate change, we here from what is known as the most-vulnerable least-prepared countries for climate impacts would like to push forward for a revolution!

An Energy [R]evolution!

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Putting Obama’s Arctic drilling announcement in perspective by Chuck Baclagon

Originally posted by Greenpeace US.

The news today out of Washington has been somewhat promising, but these are small steps in a very long march towards a clean energy economy — an economy with none of the potential for massive ecological destruction such as we’ve seen in the Gulf.

Minerals Management Service (MMS) Director Elizabeth Birnbaum submitted her resignation letter this morning. Also today the Obama Administration renewed a moratorium in the pristine Beaufort and Chukchi seas in Alaska for the next 6 months, canceled the pending lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and Virginia, and suspended action on 33 wells in the Gulf of Mexico. Greenpeace welcomes any and all investigations of the root causes of the BP Deepwater Disaster. Furthermore, Greenpeace welcomes the President’s call to develop clean, renewable sources of energy. These are all positive steps.

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Finding our place in the save the world symphony by Chuck Baclagon

100 days and counting

“What I often say to my audiences is that now is the time to play the Save the World Symphony. It is a vast orchestral piece, and you are but one musician. Yet you are not required to play a solo, but you are required to figure out what your instrument is and play it as well as you can.
Because in the end – the environment is not just something else to worry about. It is connected to all things we already worry about – our children, our health, our homeland and love with all our hearts.”

Sandra Steingraber
The Obligation to Endure…Again…

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So long Susan by Chuck Baclagon
June 17, 2009, 7:07 am
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From Making Waves

The final installment of a trilogy is out today. The last of the three Reasons to Believe films narrated by the charming and talented Ms Susan Sarandon has been released – ‘Reasons to Believe: Servers‘. These films give us three out of an endless list of reasons to believe that an Energy [R]evolution is possible and necessary to change our energy habits and reduce emissions contributing to climate change.

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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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Reasons to believe part 2: Transport by Chuck Baclagon
April 24, 2009, 11:22 am
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Our new video, the second of three Reasons to Believe videos narrated by Susan Sarandon, shows that there are many choices in a sustainable transport system, and that they are smart choices to make. It also shows that it is possible for us all to help to create the conditions that we need for an Energy [R]evolution, in order to help prevent catastrophic climate change.

Chuck Baclagon

Update from Bonn climate talks by Chuck Baclagon

From Making Waves

Quite a few of our climate folks have been on the UN Climate meeting circuit since before the Kyoto protocol was born. Not a few of them have been fairly jaded about the role the United States has played at these meetings in the past. Continue reading