Join the Protest, Defend our Environment

Monday, 07 September 2015 01:44 Written by  Alexandra Grabbe

962015 Image1Above, my granddaughter decorates a butterfly.


Femke R. has encouraged children to make many monarch butterflies over the summer.  Maybe you saw them fluttering in the Fourth of July parade.  As you may know, the monarchs are disappearing.  They need our protection.  Monarch butterflies have come to symbolize the attacks on our environment, which, here on Cape Cod, mean specifically Eversource's herbicidal spraying under the power lines, above our sole source aquifer, and the reluctance of those in power to close the nuclear power plant in Plymouth, Pilgrim by name, a plant that should never have received its permit renewal and which will make the Cape uninhabitable in case of nuclear accident.  Pilgrim should be shut down now.  If you agree, please consider joining Femke tomorrow.  Some of you know her as "the banner lady."  Since I admire Femke so much and believe in what she is doing, I am copying her email here, followed by a call to action from Harriet K.

Femke: "Due to limited response to 'stand out' on three bridges with Pilgrim banners, we encourage everyone who plans to participate to meet at the bicycle bridge in Orleans at 11 am or show up any time after that. If two people get inspired to go to a bridge on Suicide Alley, they can take a set of Pilgrim banners and go there for as long as they can stand. So, if you didn't want to commit ahead of time you can still show up, preferably with a 'buddy'!
The (8)banners on the bicycle bicycle bridge will say:
Eversource   STOP   Roundup     NOW
Everybody    STOP   Herbicides   NOW
The monarchs will be stuck in some wagons I have equipped and will be visible to the drivers on Route 6. I also will bring materials for making monarchs while spending the day on the bridge.  Parking for the bicycle bridge can be found on the street that goes parallel to the beginning of Rt. 6 after the rotary (1st right when heading to 'Suicide Alley'). The bridge also crosses that road and there is parking right before you go under the bridge. To walk up to the bridge after parking go under it and then turn right and follow the ramp."

Harriet: "IF YOU CAN'T COME, PLEASE PASS THE WORD, and okay, if standing on a bike bridge bedecked with monarchs isn't how you'd planned to spend your Labor Day, it's an opportunity to
• meet and/or honor Femke R., while surrounded by scores of her vibrant creations
• hopefully spread awareness and prevent more glyphosate going into our soil and aquifer
• join the growing call to shut down and clean up the Pilgrim Nuke once and for all
• simply share some time shmoozing, singing and/or making your own monarch totems with local artivists on our one local cyclist bridge."

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