Filed under: End the nuclear age, Life at work | Tags: Bike Ride, Congress, Mark Cojuangco, No To BNPP, Nuclear Power, Nukes, 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.
Filed under: End the nuclear age | Tags: Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, Philippines, Nuclear, No Nukes, Bataan, No To BNPP, Bike Ride, Congress
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.
Filed under: End the nuclear age | Tags: BNPP, Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, Philippines, Bataan, No To BNPP, Energy [R]evolution, Bike Ride
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.
Filed under: End the nuclear age | Tags: BNPP, Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, Bataan, No To BNPP, Energy [R]evolution, Bike Ride
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.
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.
Filed under: End the nuclear age, Life at work | Tags: BNPP, Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, Bataan, Mark Cojuangco, No To BNPP, Online activism, petitions, Philippine Congress
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?
Filed under: End the nuclear age, Life at work | Tags: Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, BNPP, Facebook, No To BNPP, Nukes
A week ago we started posting apropos of the BNPP revival on our Facebook profile and yesterday, we thought that it is timely to pose this question: “If ever the Philippines pushes through with a nuclear program, do you think the Philippine government will be able to properly respond in the event of a nuclear disaster?” responses from people came really quick.