Nauset students a new class of activists

Thirteen upperclassmen to take part in Statehouse rally to shut down Pilgrim nuclear plant.

By Christine Legere, Cape Cod Times

NORTH EASTHAM — A new generation of citizen activists will join watchdog groups from across the region at the Statehouse on Thursday for a rally demanding the immediate and safe shutdown of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.

The young protesters are juniors and seniors in Lisa Brown’s Exploring and Respecting Differences honors class at Nauset Regional High School. The class decided to spend this semester delving into issues related to the Pilgrim plant, at Brown’s suggestion, and was already well into the topic when the recent announcement was made regarding the plant’s closure sometime before June 2019.

“Lisa gave us the lowdown on what’s happening at Pilgrim,” senior Trevor Ridley said. “It’s a really important issue all Cape Codders need to know about.”

Trevor and classmates realize there are consequences to shuttering the plant. “There will be a need for alternative energy,” he said. “While there are no quick fixes, shutdown is the best decision.”

Senior Kahla Jusell agreed. “We recognize as the plant gets older, there are more problems and more shutdowns,” she said. ”It’s a danger to homes, the environment and the economy, which is tourism.”

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