There was a certain kind of chill in the air as I walked in the still empty campus of the University of the Philippines (U.P.), it was still 5:30 in the morning, the sun's not yet up and there was no one there lest for the occasional jogger or cyclists.
But as I got nearer to the meeting area for Greenpeace volunteers I was surprised to see that the registration booths, the banners and the markings on the ground for the 'human banner' was already up, and that's why by the time the dawn cracked and sunlight beamed on the dew laden lawn of the U.P. Sunken Garden all was already prepared.
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Later we were joined from groups belonging to the Network Opposed to BNPP (Bataan Nuclear Power Plant) which is a network of progressive organizations, social movements, academics, progressive legislators, human rights advocates, ecologists, media people, church workers, consumers movements & activists involved in preventing the immediate rehabilitation and operation of the defective Bataan Nuclear Power Plant in Morong.
Within a few minutes people were already being gathered to form the giant human banner that spelled out our message: "NO TO BNPP".
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The human banner was done as a message of solidarity with the people of Bataan who are against the use of dangerous nuclear power. Apart from the human banner we also asked the people to have their photos taken at the picture protest booth, we also asked them to write solidarity messages to a banner that we will be bringing tomorrow at an anti-nukes march organized by the Roman Catholic Church in Bataan.
The measure to revive the BNPP is currently being debated at the House Committee on Appropriations after it passed the Committee on Energy headed by Cong. Mikee Arroyo, a co-author of the bill. Critics have noticed the undue haste with which the bill is proceeding in Congress.
Hopefully this action will in its own little way help turn the tide in the debate.
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