YOUR article "Pro-array vote is met with outrage" (September 12) carried a photograph of two demonstrators in green holding placards with the words "The Greed Party".
The placards claimed that the Green Party and NGOs such as Greenpeace are sponsored or subsidised by the wind power industry.
At a time when many politicians seem uninterested in making any serious effort at dealing with climate change, that might be a very good idea. However, I can assure the folk in the picture that the North Devon Green Party has neither asked for nor received a penny from the wind industry.
The Green Party has supported renewable energy for decades because we recognise, like responsible bodies such as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the Devon Wildlife Trust (DWT), that climate change is the major threat to the environment, wildlife and bio-diversity.
On September 11 the DWT issued its Relevant Representation on the Atlantic Array, stating that "the pre-application process carried out by RWE NPower should be seen as an exemplary model for the development phases of similar national infrastructure projects. The quality of environmental data and its dissemination has been comprehensive".
DWT's document also stated that "climate change poses the greatest threat that wildlife will face in the future – these impacts will be, in the first instance, magnified in our coastal environments. Our response to these threats, in conjunction with increased ecosystem resilience, requires an urgent reduction in CO2 emissions. This can be achieved, in part, by diversification in energy generation (less reliance on fossil fuels) in conjunction with energy efficiency improvements".
We hope that everyone concerned with the environment, wildlife and bio-diversity will reflect on DWT's clear and authoritative statement.
The real scandal is how much money the fossil fuels industries have poured into their campaign of disinformation about climate change.
Their dirty money has been so successful that some of our elected representatives have convinced themselves that the lobbyists are right, that our most distinguished scientific body, the Royal Society, is wrong, and that therefore we need do nothing. On the contrary, this generation – which has enjoyed climate stability – has a duty to act vigorously and before it is too late – now.
Unchecked climate change becomes climate emergency, then climate chaos.
Member of the North Devon Green Party and Devon Wildlife Trust.