September 21, 2014 New York City
People who love our planet turned out in the hundreds of thousands at marches around the world on September 21, 2014 to sound the alarm for action to address climate change.
We joined hundreds of others in the No-Nukes contingent of the New York City march – estimated at 300,000 souls. Nuclear is so twentieth century, a sign said. Time to focus our resources on sustainable renewable energy!
Anti-nuclear contingents came from across the nation – Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Ohio, Georgia, Virginia, Great Lakes region, Nebraska, California to name a few – and from around the world, including Japan and Bangladesh.
We hugged Michael Marriotte, leader of Washington-based Nuclear Information and Resource Service, and Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear.
We met Ayumi Tenlock who carried a handmade quilt bearing pleas from Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors to end nuclear power and nuclear weapons. Its centerpiece was an appliqué of a picture of a little girl drawn by Sabreen Hafed of Iraq, who had been exposed to U.S. depleted uranium weaponry. She developed cancer of her eyes and died at the age of 15, Ayumi told us.
We met a young mother with her beautiful breast-feeding baby. She agreed to send us a sample of her breastmilk so we can have it analyzed for the possible presence of radioisotopes.
We were handed a flyer reminding us that since the triple nuclear reactor meltdown at Fukushima in 2011, 330 tons of deadly radioactive water has been spewing DAILY into the ocean, according to TEPCO admissions. Details are at www.FixFukushima.info.
The debate is over. Time for action. Time for government leadership.
Posted September 21, 2014