Cerrejon is the largest open coal mine in South America and has ‘seriously damaged the environment and health of the country’s largest indigenous community, and is making them more vulnerable to COVID-19’, states a report for the United Nations.
“The HIAL Board includes no representation from island communities, and it’s clear to me from their decisions and tone to date that they just don’t get it.” Steve Sankey
The Draft Scottish Budget presented by Kate Forbes, Finance Secretary in the Scottish Government has taken on board the issues of ferry fares in and to/from Orkney.
“The implementation of RET in Orkney is now an urgent requirement to assist recovery from the COVID pandemic, to help restore our ailing tourism sector “
Orkney Greens have voiced their concerns in that two sites in Orkney: Scapa Flow and North Orkney, are not included as Special Protection Area sites in the Scottish Government announcement.
“If there’s one good thing we can say about the year, it’s that the communities of South Ronaldsay and Burray have really looked after each other, you can see that by all the self-help groups that have sprung up on social media in particular. “
“I want the people of Orkney to know that I want to see Orkney treated with fairness and proper consideration as plans for a Green Recovery are put in place. “
Half the population of the linked islands of Burray and South Ronaldsay have signed a petition ‘to insist on the re-opening of the recycling centre in St. Margaret’s Hope’.
“The feedback we receive will help gauge community opinion on a number of potential options and I would encourage local residents in particular to take part.”
“A Clean and Green Orkney should show Scotland the way ahead.”