The next day after I was born, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine exploded. I remember how thankful I was that I am a Filipino born and living in the Philippines. I was thinking how I would survive if I was born in Ukraine, 25 years ago. Then an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan followed by the explosion of Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. The memories of our protests against the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant struck me. How the Cojuangcos and their allies have pushed very hard on the proposed revival of the plant and how we get ourselves down on showing our disapproval on them.

Last 2009, together with Greenpeace, hundreds of cyclists have set their bikes off from Bataan Nuclear Power Plant to the House of Representatives in Quezon City to show their opposition to the dirty nukes and give their support to the clean and renewable energy. I remember when I took part with students and other local groups in the NO TO BNPP march in Bataan; the launching of the comic book, “Nuclear Meltdown” at the Ozine Fest in one of the biggest malls in Manila; the Greenpeace protest at the House of Representatives where we brought a huge tombstone, “RIP BNPP”; a photo exhibit remembering Chernobyl where I also attended a forum on the issue where Tessa De Ryck, a former Greenpeace Southeast Asia Nuclear Campaigner was one of the guest speakers. Then I also recall my participation when 700+ people joined Greenpeace in the sunken garden of UP Diliman to create a human banner reading “NO TO BNPP” all that same year.

A lot of protests against BNPP have happened way way before I was born. A lot of people have shown their courage to stop the proposed revival. Everyone knew that nukes is expensive to operate, accompanied by enormous hidden costs; that BNPP itself is structurally defective and unsafe; that BNPP Bill lacks feasibility studies; that BNPP Site has an unacceptably high risk of serious damage from earthquakes and volcanic eruptions; that BNPP is not an answer to Climate Crisis. RENEWABLE ENERGY IS. There’s water, sun, wind and what not. We have everything we need here. We just need to maximize it. 

We don’t want nukes. Not now. Not ever. We don’t want another Chernobyl. And I would not want my grand kids to ask me, “Why didn’t you do anything to stop the building of BNPP?”