The Dunmaglass Wind Factory is now a done deal. It seems that nothing can stop the developers from vandalising a beautiful wilderness area. Even though strong arguments were put forward against the scheme by the John Muir Trust and the Mountaineering Council of Scotland, they were ignored by Highland Council.
It seems that more and more of precious wild land will be taken away forever by the big business of wind energy companies. That seems inevitable.
Or is it?
These decisions are being made by politicians who are elected by you and me. However, in Scotland it seems that whoever is elected next May will be supporting the wind factories. This can only mean that they do not understand the appalling consequences of their decisions. The politicians seem united on this. Perhaps this is because they do not realise that a huge number of people are opposed to the schemes. If that is the case then we really should press home to them how much we despise these schemes. That way they might think twice before voting in favour of more Wind Factories.
So – how do we go about this?
How about a good old fashion peaceful protest? I have been in touch with both Cameron McNeish and Chris Townsend with a view to getting a bit of help in organising a protest on the Dunmaglass Estate in May on the TGO Challenge.
Both have been really quick to respond and wish me luck. Chris has given me a really great list of people and their contact details so that I can try to enlist more help from them. Cameron has written a very nice reply and also warns of impending disappointment as he has in the past tried to organise protest rallies but has found that unless thousands turn up then the media aren’t interested. That is a really really good point and one we should bear in mind from the outset.
These days, social media, like Blogs, Facebook and Twitter, can all help in getting a message out there to like minded people. Importantly it also gets the message out the to people who don’t necessarily agree with you but who would be nervous about your message spreading and becoming a cause.
I think with a little bit of a push we CAN organise something that the media would be interested in reporting. What form this protest will take I am not sure yet but in my opinion it must be peaceful, thought provoking and threaten the politicians’ jobs so that they sit up and take notice.
I will be writing to the neighbouring estates (Sigrid Rausing of neighbouring Coignafearn Estate is a high profile objector to the Dunmaglass scheme) to try and enlist their help too as well as high profile media figures known for their love of the hills.
Any ideas of what form of protest we can make will be gladly received. Please watch this space.