February 14, 2021
From Extinction Rebellion (UK)
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Rebel Radio discovers how the home of the nearly extinct Scottish Wildcat might be destroyed to make space for a wind farm. Featuring a Scottish Wildcat expert, ecologist and solicitor working tirelessly to protect this precious last big predictor in the UK.

You would think that when the Scottish government announced they were going to be building another wind farm this would be a good thing. Sadly, nothing could be further from the truth. The wind farm proposed by Vattenfall, a Swedish government owned sustainable energy company, is due to be built on the Clashindarroch Forest – one of the last remaining habitats of the now very nearly extinct Scottish Wildcat.

A Scottish Wildcat kitten. Photo: Wildcat Haven

Rebel Radio host Marijn van de Geer talks to guests Paul O’Donoghue (director of Wildcat Haven), Dominic Woodfield (ecologist and managing director at Bioscan) and Susan Shaw (solicitor and founder of Living Law) to explore the complexities of opposing a green energy project. We find similarities to other ongoing struggles against supposed ‘green’ projects, such as HS2. How can a wind farm possibly be a bad idea? In the case of the Clashindarroch Forest, it can.

The integrity of the Scottish government, Nature Scot and the environmental policies Vattenfall comes into question and it becomes clear that the climate crisis and the ecological crisis are not considered together when making decisions. Tune in to find out more about the Scottish Wildcat, the Clashindarroch, the efforts so far and what can be done to stop it.

This is ‘Clashindarroch 1’ – phase one of the wind farm already up and running. The next phase will destroy the last remaining habitat for the Scottish Wildcat. Photo: Wildcat Haven.

Help get ONE MILLION signatures to save the Scottish Wildcat’s home, the Clashindarroch Forest

The petition to save the Scottish wildcat by protecting Clashindarroch Forest has over 900,000 signatures now – it is already one of the biggest petitions for wildlife in the UK ever. Help create more impact by getting it to a million signatures!

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Source: Extinctionrebellion.uk