YOUTH climate strikers have staged a protest in the North Sea today [WEDS 21] at Scotland’s biggest offshore wind farm, calling for a just transition for oil workers. At Beatrice wind farm three 16-year-old Scottish climate activists Holly Gillibrand, Lily Henderson and Dylan Hamilton hoisted up a 1,500 sq ft banner calling for a ‘Just transition for oil workers’. Greenpeace UK is calling on the Scottish government to take action to deliver a just transition for oil and gas workers, or risk abandoning a whole workforce, as was seen with coal miners and shipbuilders in years gone by. Holly, who has been striking with Fridays For Future Scotland for three years, said: “The climate and ecological emergency is at its heart a social justice issue, so the solutions need to centre around the welfare and needs of people. It is so important that as young climate activists we listen to oil workers and have these conversations involving people from many different backgrounds and experiences. “Unless we move away from fossil fuels towards renewable energy, we don’t have a hope of stopping this crisis. The people in power need to start treating this like a crisis instead of tinkering around the edges without disrupting business as usual, which is ultimately what we need.” Campaigners are urging Scottish Government ministers to engage directly with workers, remove hurdles to retraining, and back up warm words with a proper specialist fund for energy workers.
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The John O’Groat Journal was given special access to a protest by Greenpeace activists today [Wednesday, July 21] as they set out from Wick harbour to the Beatrice offshore wind farm. Greenpeace UK is calling on the Scottish government to take action to deliver a just transition for oil and gas workers, or risk abandoning a whole workforce, as was seen with coal miners and shipbuilders in years gone by.
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