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Nuke-Free photo gallery now online

marchingNIRS has now posted a photo gallery of the massive Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent at the People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21, 2014.

The gallery is rather randomly ordered right now–something we hope to fix if and when we get a few minutes (hours) in the near future–and we also expect to add more photos as they keep coming in. For now, there are nearly 200 photos in the gallery ranging from a couple of pics from the Saturday afternoon strategy meeting in NYC; to the early morning site preparations–stapling flags and posters to cardboard tubes and the like; to photos of most of the rally speakers and performers (not sure we have them all yet); to many photos of the Contingent and the march itself.

You can view the gallery here; just click on any photo to enlarge.

You can also access the gallery, and all follow-up information on the Contingent and March, at our ongoing Contingent website here.

Michael Mariotte

September 24, 2014

Permalink: https://safeenergy.org/2014/09/24/nuke-free-photo-gallery/

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We made history; now the real work starts

The Cape Cod portion of the Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent preparing to march.

The Cape Cod portion (and a few South Carolinians) of the Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent preparing to march.

No matter how you look at it, 400,000 is a lot of people.

It’s not the largest crowd I’ve ever been in: that was the nearly two million at President Obama’s first inauguration. Nor the largest demonstration: that was the million at the 1982 nuclear freeze march in New York City. And the 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival I went to was somewhere around 800,000 (but, of course, who remembers that one? Probably not even many who were there…).

But it’s still a lot of people.

And to put it in a more appropriate perspective, it’s as many or more people than participated in some other seminal events that changed history and the trajectory of American politics and lives: the 1963 civil rights March on Washington, the 1969 Woodstock festival, the November 1969 anti-Vietnam war mobilization, the 1979 No Nukes protest in Washington after Three Mile Island. Continue reading

This is going to be awesome

kingcongpcmThere are just four days left until the historic People’s Climate March in New York City Sunday, September 21. It will be awesome–and that’s a word I don’t use very often.

The momentum for the Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent is stunning; this Contingent is going to be awesome too. We’ve got  650 bright yellow with shining orange sun “Nuclear Power, No Thanks” flags (in English, Spanish and Japanese!); hundreds of posters, a giant King Cong prop, huge banners and much more. We’ve heard from people coming for this Contingent not only from New York and the Northeast, but from all over the country: North Carolina; Illinois and Ohio; Chicago; Nebraska; Tennessee; even California!

We hope you’ll join us there. Even if you haven’t made plans yet, there is still time!

We will be assembling on Central Park West between 73rd and 74th streets, and will be holding a rally there beginning at 10 am on September 21. Confirmed speakers so far include Dr. Arjun Mahkijani (IEER and author of Carbon-Free, Nuclear-Free); Jessica Azulay (AGREE); Julia Walsh (Frack Action & New Yorkers Against Fracking); Tim Judson (NIRS); Leona Morgan (ENDAUM, Clean Up the Mines); Japanese activist Yuko Tonohira; Michael Mariotte, MC (NIRS). Raging Grannies and New York singer/songwriter Joel Landy will perform. More speakers and performers will be announced soon. Continue reading

Visualizing the climate march

pcmpressnonukesWith just over three weeks to go until the September 21 People’s Climate March, we are receiving more and more questions from people about everything from logistical details to the message of the Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent.

In some cases, we just don’t have answers yet–especially on some of the logistical issues, some of which are pretty important. The People’s Climate March didn’t exactly have everything planned when the organizers announced the event. From our perspective, it seems more like the event was announced with the hope that it would take off, and the planning would depend on the response.

Fortunately, the event has taken off and momentum clearly is building. About 200 buses to NYC are confirmed and more are being chartered from various areas of the country just about daily. There are special trains coming from the West Coast and from Washington DC. There are car caravans being set up. And, of course, with tens of millions of people living within commuting range of New York City, there is a huge local base to draw on who don’t need chartered buses or other special transportation. Continue reading

Why We’re Marching September 21, 2014

Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free protestors at the July 29 EPA hearing on its Clean Power Plan in Atlanta.

Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free protestors at the July 29 EPA hearing on its Clean Power Plan in Atlanta.

Here at NIRS we’re already in crazy mode organizing and mobilizing for the Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent to the People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21, 2014.

This is the largest public event organizing effort we’ve undertaken in quite a long time–and we think it will have a huge payoff by making a large, visible, vibrant public statement that that the climate crisis must be addressed now, that nuclear power is no solution to global warming, that a nuclear-free, carbon-free energy future is an absolute necessity for our nation and our planet.

Today we released a statement of the Contingent, titled Why We’re Marching on September 21, 2014. You can read it below, and you can download a pdf copy for printing and distributing in your community here. <em>Continue reading</em>

Yep, wind is better than nukes/CCS for climate

Global wind energy capacity has been growing and continues to grow at a rapid rate.

Global wind energy capacity has been growing and continues to grow at a rapid rate…..

It’s not like this will come as startling news to most readers–most of us already have a strong sense that renewables are far better than either nuclear power or carbon capture/storage (CCS) at addressing our climate crisis.

After all, that’s the main message the Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent is taking to the People’s Climate March in New York City September 21.

But it’s nice to see others take the same position, especially when bolstered with facts. That’s what Mike Barnard did yesterday in CleanTechnica.com with his article Wind Energy Beats Nuclear & Carbon Capture For Global Warming Mitigation. Continue reading

The nuclear industry’s fightback strategies: Baseload, climate, reducing safety regs

The nation's largest nuclear facility, at Palo Verde in sunny Arizona, where solar power could--and should--rule the day.

The nation’s largest nuclear facility, at Palo Verde in sunny Arizona, where solar power could–and should–rule the day. Photo from Wikipedia.

In any battle, it’s important to know, understand, and keep current on what the other side wants–what its objectives are, how it intends to get there. For clean energy advocates, that means keeping up with the nuclear industry’s strategies and tactics, and we try to keep you informed and updated on those.

This week brought some new information on the nuclear industry’s efforts to save itself from its current path to oblivion.

But as Scott Denman, former executive director of the Safe Energy Communication Council, put it this week, certain truths remain constant:

Nuclear industry maxims:
(1) The problem is always something other than the obvious.
(2) Whatever the question, the answer is always the most convoluted and complex.
(3) Regardless of the specific need, nuclear is always the way to meet it.
(4) Make up your own self-justifying paradigm & be just like the nuclear utility industry!

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