Stop Development of Power Plant Near Scotland’s Holy Isle

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Target: Scottish Cabinet Secretary for the Environment Richard Lochhead

Goal: To prevent the building of a biomass power plant near Holy Isle off the coast of Scotland.

Just off the western coast of Scotland in a region known as the Firth of Clyde is a unique island known as Eilean MoLaise, Scottish Gaelic for Holy Isle. The name stems from the island’s long history as a sacred site. It has within it a spring known as a holy well which is said to have healing properties.

Today this island is now home to the Samye Ling Buddhist Community, a sect of Tibetan Buddhism. They have made settlements on this island such as the Centre for World Peace and Health due strongly to the tranquil nature of Holy Isle. Utilizing an environmental theme, the settlement has solar water heating as well as a reed-bed sewage treatment system. All of this combines to keep the area as pristine as possible.

Unfortunately the tranquility of this island is being threatened by plans being made by the company Northern Energy Developments. These plans involve a scheme to build and open a wood-fired power plant that would burn over 40,000 tons of wood per year. The wood for this power plant will be culled from the forests of Arran within clear view of Holy Isle.

This has stirred groups to take up opposition to this biomass plant. The leader of the opposition is a member of the Buddhist community on Holy Isle named Lama Yeshe Rinpoch, who escaped persecution in Tibet as a teenager to become a respected member of the Samye Ling community.

This harmful deforestation is both environmentally destructive and entirely disrespectful of the neighboring Buddhist community. Northern Energy Developments’ plant must be stopped before it destroys the sanctity of Holy Isle.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Lochhead,

Within the Firth of Clyde lies a unique island known as Eilean MoLaise, Scottish Gaelic for Holy Isle. This island contains within it a long and fascinating history as a sacred site. Beyond this historical significance it also is known to have within it a spring known as a holy well which is held to have healing properties. This simply adds to the spiritual mystique of the island.

Today this island is now finds itself continuing those spiritual traditions by providing a home to the Samye Ling Buddhist Community, a sect of Tibetan Buddhism. They have made this island their home, building settlements on Holy Isle such as the Centre for World Peace and Health. This stands as a testament to the tranquil, peaceful nature of the island. These settlements retain the theme of harmony with nature by using solar water heating as well as a reed-bed sewage treatment system. All of this combines to keep the area as pristine as possible.

This pristine landscape is being threatened, however, by plans being made by the company Northern Energy Developments. The main issue at hand involves a scheme to open a wood-fired power plant that would burn over 40,000 tons of wood per year. The wood for this power plant will be culled from the forests of Arran within clear view of Holy Isle.

Strong opposition to this biomass plant has already arisen from several groups outraged at the prospect of it, including leading member of the Buddhist community on Holy Isle Lama Yeshe Rinpoch, who escaped persecution in Tibet as a teenager to become a respected member of this community.

The wishes of this and surrounding communities must be respected. This harmful deforestation is both environmentally destructive and entirely disrespectful of the neighboring Buddhist community. Please stop Northern Energy Developments’ plans before they destroy the sanctity of Holy Isle as well as ravage Arran.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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3 Comments

  1. Trump got his humongous golf course, destroyed the beaches and tried to expel residents from their homes. the government and those in power endorsed it. What next?

  2. George Payerle says:

    The gods ARE crazy. In the name of sheer Scots common sense, damn this project!

  3. Please leave this Eco-system Pristine as God meant for it to be for the Wildlife. Thank you.

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