Legendary No Nuker Michael Mariotte Passes On

May 22nd, 2016 - by admin

Harvey Wasserman / EcoWatch & Celine Mergan / Greenpeace International – 2016-05-22 21:53:22


Legendary No Nuker Michael Mariotte Passes On
Harvey Wasserman / EcoWatch

(May 22, 2016) — Michael Mariotte was a giant in the No Nukes movement. From the 1980s on he has been at the forefront of some of the great Solartopia campaigns, writing, strategizing and moving us all.

He was a major factor in defeating reactors proposed for Calvert Cliffs, Maryland and a uranium facility in Louisiana among much much else.

As head of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service, he fed a mighty stream of brilliant analysis, great strategy and beautiful sentiment. A great friend and an accomplished punk rock drummer, Michael was absolutely irreplaceable.

Father of four children and co-parent to a great social movement, Michael’s brilliance and integrity remain a beacon to us all.

For a full hour on the Solartopia Green Power & Wellness show, we hear from his beloved friends, co-conspirators and fellow victorious activists sing his praises. Take a listen below.

Solartopia Green Power and Wellness Hour
Listen to the broadcast here.

(May 19, 2016) — Solartopia celebrates the amazing life & unmatched activism of the legendary MICHAEL MARIOTTE, a truly one-of-a-kind No Nukes activist, pamphleteer, researcher and strategist who recently passed away from pancreatic cancer.

Michael’s legendary career as a nuke-buster, grassroots organizer, writer, speaker, rock drummer and husband/parent/friend has inspired a whole generation.

For decades he has been at the core of fighting the nuke industry in general, with particularly powerful impact at Calvert Cliffs in Maryland, the uranium project in Louisiana he helped defeat, and much much more.

Our tributes begin with MARY OLSON from the NUCLEAR INFORMATION & RESOURCE SERVICE, which Michael has helped lead since the 1980s. PAUL GUNTER then joins us, along with KEVIN KAMPS, both from BEYOND NUCLEAR. ALFRED MEYER chimes in from PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY along with BOB BACKUS from the Seabrook fight, ROCHELLE BECKER from Diablo Canyon, TIM JUDSON (the new Executive Director of NIRS), DIANE D’ARRIGO of NIRS, ALLISON FISHER from PUBLIC CITIZEN, attorney DIANE CURREN, Michael’s band-mate and more.

For those of us who knew him, the hole Michael leaves in our movement and in our hearts will be impossible to fill. There are few greater things one can do to further our power and wellness than what Michael accomplished in his lifetime. Thank you, brother. We hope you enjoy the show . . . .

“No Nukes” — MUSE “Musicians United for Sustainable Energy” Concert 2011

The State of Nuclear Power
Michael Mariotte Interviewed by Karl Grossman / EnviroVideo

(Recorded in 1998; Reposted on May 21, 2016) — Videotaped at the Northeast Action Camp for a Nuclear-Free New England in 1998. Michael Mariotte provides a comprehensive picture of the world-wide nuclear power situation. He talks about his trip to Chernobyl and effective challenges to nuclear technology in Europe and the US.