Demonstrating against coal-fired power, nine Greenpeace protesters scaled a 150 metre high chimney stack at Huntly Power Station, in New Zealand’s North Island yesterday. It appears the protestors did some minor damage to the stack.
I wonder what they are trying to prove with these puerile, illegal stunts. Their cause may be good, but their actions will do a lot to alienate much of the public from the entire environmental agenda – well, that’s what I think. As the spokesman for the power company puts it:
There are 1.3 million people who get their power from this station in the upper North Island and if we cut this station off now there would be a lot of people who [will be] cold and in the dark this winter. SourceIt’s all part of the politicization of the environment. We need to recognize that we are all beneficiaries of the damage that power plants and much other infrastructure do to the environment. We are all in this together. Sure, the protestors probably do have a smaller environmental ‘footprint’ than most of the rest of us. But they need us on their side if we are to improve environmental outcomes – as against the media profile of Greenpeace. Stunts like smack of sanctimony and smugness. They don’t help.