Cross posted from the Southern Energy Network blog.
At the end of June, in the blistering heat of Chattanooga, Tennessee, over 120 activists converged at the kNOw Nukes Y’all Summit to learn, strategize, and build relationships across the South around nuclear issues. The summit was intergenerational – young people as well as activists who have been bravely fighting nuclear power since the first wave of the environmental movement in the 1960s, had a chance to meet, build relationships, and learn together.
As a relatively new anti-nuclear activist, I came into the weekend ready to learn more about how nuclear power works, what the nuclear industry is up to, and what activists have done and are doing to fight risky nuclear reactors in their communities. Luckily the summit participants got to learn a lot of this from allies such as Sara Barczak with Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, incredible nuclear activists such as Mary Olson of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service, long-time clean energy proponents such as S. David Freeman, a former TVA chairman, and even nuclear experts like David Lochbaum of the Union of Concerned Scientists (who worked within the industry in may capacities and eventually became a whistleblower of the industry).