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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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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.



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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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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If only it was as simple as Facebook… by Chuck Baclagon
Fan our Facebook page by clicking the photo

Fan our Facebook page by clicking the photo

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.
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