Youth Jog Against BNPP Revival

24 03 2009

Press Release
March 19, 2009

“Save Mother Earth! Save our Health! Save our Future!”
Youth and students jog in protest against the BNPP Revival

The Youth STOP BNPP Revival! (Youth and Students Opposed to BNPP Revival) organized a protest jog against the BNPP revival on March 19, 2009, 5pm at the UP Academic Oval.

The alliance convenors say that the protest jog symbolizes the youth and students’ aspiration to have a good future by taking care of our planet and our health.

Co-convenor and UP Club EcoTour Chairperson Jonaleen Kris-Ann Argel says that “the BNPP puts the Philippine environment in great danger. The various flora and fauna which we can be proud of, found not only in Bataan but in the whole country, will be destroyed in the event of a nuclear accident.”

“The youth will suffer the most,” says Marjorie Pamintuan, Youth STOP BNPP Revival! spokesperson and Vice Chairperson of AGHAM Youth (Student Advocates of Science and Technology for the People). “Running the plant effectively takes away our chances of having a good future by worsening the economic burdens of our families through imposed taxes and threatening our well being because of its environmental and health effects.”

Aside from damaging our environment and putting our healths at risk, the nuclear power plant also endangers the youth and students’ right to education. “It exposes the government’s abandonment of its responsibility to provide the youth with affordable or free quality education by choosing to invest $1 billion on a dangerous nuclear power plant instead of using it to build new schools, improve public school facilities and sponsor scholarships to poor and deserving students,” adds co-convenor Jemimah Garcia, chairperson of Anakbayan UP Diliman.

The youth jog is one among the series of campaigns prepared by the alliance to oppose the revival of the nuclear power plant. Last Friday, March 13, the Youth STOP BNPP Revival! (Youth and Students Opposed to BNPP Revival) was successfully launched at a forum held at the College of Engineering. Over a hundred individuals signed up in the unity statement of the alliance during the forum. In solidarity with the Bataan youth, alliance delegates will head for Morong, Bataan on March 26 to participate in the next day’s prayer rally against the BNPP revival. ###

Participants doing stretching and warm-up exercises before the jog

Participants doing stretching and warm-up exercises before the jog

All smiles and ready to...jog.

All smiles and ready to...jog.

Participants also signed on the STOP BNPP Revival Banner

Participants also signing on the STOP BNPP Revival Banner

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Participants take a brief rest in front of the the Quezon Hall

Participants take a brief rest in front of the the Quezon Hall

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