Sámi reindeer herders fight for their survival against Norway’s wind industry

  • Date: 23/01/21
  • Stop These Things & The Guardian

Indigenous reindeer herders are taking legal action against a giant wind project in an effort to prevent their homeland from being overrun by the industrial onslaught that is the wind industry.

The only way for communities to beat wind power outfits is to get organised and fight, like fury. Knowing the tricks of your opponent’s subsidy-fuelled trade helps, too. Which is the very reason for this site. The first insight to grasp is the wind industry is not there to help you; it’s there to destroy you, your home, your family, your community.

Rural communities are sick and tired of being treated as wind industry roadkill, and that includes the nomadic Sami – who graze and herd reindeer across northern Europe’s frozen tundra, ranging across the north of Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola Peninsula.

The fact that chaotically intermittent wind power can’t be delivered as and when power consumers need it means the wanton destruction of pristine wilderness, bucolic landscapes, rural communities, and millions of birds and bats (including plenty of species on the brink of extinction) is pretty hard to justify.

In the frozen North, the Sami are fighting back, in an effort to prevent their homeland from being overrun by the industrial onslaught that is the wind industry. Instead of buying the usual lies and hollow promises from the wind power outfit concerned, they’re heading to Court, in an effort to protect their ancestral homes from becoming an industrial wasteland – and prevent their reindeer grazing enterprise becoming a thing of the past.

Sámi reindeer herders file lawsuit against Norway windfarm


Guardian
Weronika Strzyżyńska
18 January 2021

Indigenous reindeer herders are bringing a legal action against a proposed wind power project that would be one of the largest in Norway.

The Sámi herders from Nordland county are accusing the Øyfjellet windfarm constructors of breaking licensing agreements which stipulated that construction would not interfere with reindeer migration paths.

This is not the first such lawsuit in Norway. In the past five years Sámi communities have begun legal actions against the country’s largest onshore windfarms and have appealed to the UN, arguing that the farms violate their territorial and cultural rights.

“The Sámi people are not the ones who have contributed the most to climate change, but we seem to be the ones who have to carry its greatest burden,” said Gunn-Britt Retter, the head of the Arctic and environmental unit at the Sámi Council, a non-governmental organisation that represents Sámi people. “That’s not climate justice, that’s climate injustice.”

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