After we published an article on Beyond Nuclear International about the habitat and ecosystem destruction that would be wrought by the construction of new nuclear power plants on the British coastline, a reader wrote in to proclaim that “bucolic will not trump demand for more power.” The argument that “some people like landscapes”, he wrote, trivializes the more serious challenges such as sea-level rise and radioactive contamination. I understand his sense of urgency. Yet, these don’t seem like either-ors to me. And I do think that “liking landscapes” is desperately important and their enjoyment a growing deprivation. If we have never been outside, walked an ancient wood, felt awed by the delicate silvery curl of lichen on a branch, heard the eerie, commanding call of a hawk or the whispered rustlings of a small mammal scurrying through undergrowth to safe cover, why would we strive to save any of it? Who will be left to care, to “like landscapes” and all that fills them? So he may be right that it sounds like a trivial obsession. But it ought to matter.
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