Anti-Nuclear Protest Uses Bikes, Boats and a Mock Evacuation of NYC (Photos)


Photo Courtesy of Michael Natale, GammaBlog

At 7:45 yesterday morning, a group of cyclists rode from Manhattan's Lower East Side to Grand Central Terminal. They were activists, wearing white jumpsuits painted with anti-nuclear slogans and pinwheels tacked on the hoods to represent clean energy. This ride was the first stage in a day of events that included a mock evacuation and a boat ride up the Hudson, calling for the shut down Indian Point, the aging nuclear power plant just 35 miles from New York City.


Photo: Brennan Cavanaugh

The goal of the day was to raise awareness among New Yorkers of the possibility of a nuclear meltdown at Indian Point. The plant is nearly 40 years old and lies just one mile from a seismic fault line. Given the density of New York City, a mass evacuation of 8 million residents in the event of an emergency would better be described as complete and utter chaos.

Ride organizer Ben Shepard lays out the logic for the action:

Due to the plant's vulnerability to a terrorist attack, a laundry list of safety problems, the storage of 1,500 tons of radioactive waste onsite, and the lack of a workable evacuation, we are urging Governor Cuomo to deny the plant's owner, Entergy Corporation, a 20-year license extension and shut down Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant now.

And watch Shepard's explanation of why Indian Point must be shut down (and why being an activist means having no shame):

Video Courtesy of Michael Natale, GammaBlog

Once the cyclists reached Grand Central, they staged a brief "mock evacuation," and then hopped a train north to Peekskill. From there, they biked three more miles to a marina in Verplanck. On a boat, draped with 50 foot banners reading, "No Fukushima on the Hudson" and "Shut Down Indian Point Now!" they brought the protest to Indian Point itself.

The day-long protest was organized by Time's Up!, a NYC direct action environmental organization, and by Clearwater, a Hudson Valley environmental group.

Here's another video, of the protesters in Grand Central, their train ride north, and footage from the boat:


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Photo: Brennan Cavanaugh
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