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The decommissioning of Scotland's last coal fired powerstation


Exploring Scotland's last to close coal fired power station as it was being decommissioned represented a milestone for me in changing mindsets towards decarbonisation and an increasing recognition of the climate crisis.  Having played a very minor role promoting the implementation of renewables over the past 30 years I am aware of the the height of the hill we have yet to climb, but was grateful to see that at least some progress has been made in the last three decades.

We were escorted by a generous soul who had previously been a manager on the site and whose life and community relied on an embrace now gone.  He reminisced with a heavy heart, his voice breaking as he spoke softly of huge lumps of lovingly tended machinery now randomly ripped out and nonchalantly discarded for melting down and repurposing.  He spoke of a community torn apart unheard, his conversation reminding me of the closure of the coal fields across the UK in the 1980's.  We left with heavy hearts and new understanding.

To deliver essential and imminently needed solutions to climate breakdown will require huge sacrifices from every one of us and whilst we must urgently find solutions we must always be mindful of the consequences and be sympathetic to the victims who will lose most.

Unfortunately the consequences of doing nothing will be even worse.


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