The clearcutting of the forest where Fennovoima wants to build their nuclear power plant was originally subcontracted to Stora Enso, but they dropped the deal because of strategical disagreement: Fennovoima wanted the cutting to start in April, even though the relevant permits are still in process and not legally ratified; Stora Enso, which has faced public scrutiny and resistance around the world, wanted to wait until the paperwork was properly in legal order. To keep to their schedule and get rid of the forest before regulated bird nesting periods, Fennovoima replaced them with finnish company L&T Biowatti Oy, which got to work destroying the area as soon as the deal was signed on the 16th of April.
Now two weeks later the clearcutting is almost finished, and it’s a local ecological catastrophe. Moose, hares, and other local wild animals have fled to the small remaining strip of forest on the peninsula, from where it’s difficult for them to get away. Rare birds have also lost their homes and habitats. At least the nest of the white-backed woodpecker, endangered in the Nordic countries, has been destroyed; the sea eagle’s nest is hopefully still in its tree, but dozens of machines destroyed its immediate neighbourhood.
Apparently nuclear companies are high above the law. Acts which normal people would go to jail for become state-approved economical development.
It’s impossible to say if a company so loved by the State can be defeated, but it’s hard to stay human if one doesn’t at least try. When following the developments through Facebook, the situation might seem hopeless, but when you actually are in the place that needs defending, it helps you understand that there is much more you can do than clicking news headlines. And finding the agitated animals, driven from the destroyed forest to the edge of the cape, makes you understand the true cost of the megalomaniacal pipe dreams of big industry.
At least for now we still have something to defend. The shining sea and the sand beaches between the cliffs give inspiration and strength to continue fighting. If there would be enough of us, it would be possible to enjoy these places in the future too; even the forest still has the chance to grow back. The other alternative is that in a decade, the shoreside idyll is replaced with an industrial harbor from where radioactive fuel is hauled to the nuclear plant. If something would happen to go badly wrong in this NPP, the whole Bothnian bay region would be an evacuated and deserted radioactive zone.
Remember, nuclear power plants aren’t built in social media; they aren’t stopped there either.
A cozy and warm-spirited camp awaits you at Hanhikivi cape.
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(blog contains pictures and finnish reports of actions so far; english translations might be available later.)
Longer report in english: