Flying south a week ago, I stared out my window at summer fog blanketing the coastline and thinking about the earthquake faults far below. Suddenly the fog melted into little wavelets and I could see blue water and a beautiful sandy beach. From pouring over maps these last weeks, I recognized Morro Bay, where our walk goes on Oct 23. And I could see our route for that day—US 1—angling in from the south through rich farmland. I was pretty sure I was right because just beyond the highway was the huge, mountainous piece of land jutting out into the ocean south of Morro Bay that normally hides the power plant from public view. Even from the plant gates, where we’ll start the walk, those rugged hills conceal this place of danger. But from up here, I could actually see the thing far away on the coastline—a brown scar of plowed up-land, laced with roads and spotted with tiny buildings—the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant!
I’m told this spot of earth was sacred to the Chumash people—the hole in the rock where new beings emerged into our world and the ancestors passed on their return. I’m eager to learn more from elders on the walk.
For now I want to share news and photos from a sister-walk being held in western Australia as we prepare for ours. The Walk Away from Uranium Mining—Towards Aboriginal Sovereignty is in its fourth week and going strong as 40 walkers including Traditional Custodians, internationals, and one newborn with his mother trek through lands under threat from uranium mining to fuel nuclear plants and weapon-makers abroad.