Filed under: End the nuclear age, Stop climate change | Tags: Cebu, Dumaguete, Energy [R]evolution, Nukes, Pangasinan
Filed under: End the nuclear age, Stop climate change | Tags: Energy [R]evolution, Nukes, Pangasinan
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.
Filed under: End the nuclear age, Philippines, Stop climate change | Tags: Energy [R]evolution, Nukes, Pangasinan
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!
Filed under: End the nuclear age, Greenpeace, Stop climate change | Tags: Chernobyl, chernoy, Nukes
From the Nuclear Reaction blog
Twenty four years ago today, the Number 4 reactor exploded at Chernobyl. It was the worst nuclear accident the world has ever seen.
Two people were killed in the explosion. Thirty-seven died of acute radiation sickness soon afterwards. According to engineers who were there, dozens were killed while building the reactor’s concrete sarcophagus. More than 2,000 villages around Chernobyl were contaminated by radioactivity. More than 330,000 people were evacuated and relocated. Statistics predict approximately 270,000 cancers and 93,000 fatal cancer cases will be caused by Chernobyl. At least three million children required medical treatment. The effect on the health of the survivors and their children has been devastating: accelerated ageing, cardiovascular and blood illnesses, psychological illnesses, chromosomal aberrations and an increase in foetal deformations.
Filed under: End the nuclear age, Stop climate change | Tags: Chernobyl, James Lovelock, Nukes
From Nuclear Reaction
A couple of weeks ago we talked about eminent environmentalist James Lovelock and his idea for burying nuclear waste in the rainforests because…
One of the striking things about places heavily contaminated by radioactive nuclides is the richness of their wildlife…
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, IAEA, Nuclear symbol, Nukes, Philippines
Not many people are aware of it, but here’s the new international symbol for radiation: