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Artist's walk against wind turbines

A Barnstaple artist is swapping her paintbrush for walking boots next month as she tours every proposed, prospective or approved wind turbine site in Devon.

Christine Lovelock has campaigned against what she says are inefficient "wind factories" for some time - and has decided to tour all the sites to highlight the rapidly increasing number which will be built if plans go ahead.

"I also want to make the point that you can be Green and yet against industrial sized wind turbines," said the Bradiford artist, who last year set up the Artists Against Windfarms website.

"I am very concerned about climate change and led what may have been the first Save the Whales protest, back in 1970 before Greenpeace had even been founded. But I simply do not believe the environmental costs of these giant structures outweigh the small benefits, especially when there are other alternatives."

Christine is hoping her famous environmentalist father James Lovelock will join her for a section of the walk.

She will set off from Brent Tor at Dartmoor on May 13 but her journey will also take in several North Devon sites. These will include three existing turbines at Stowford Cross, Bradworthy, an area earmarked for more in the future.

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Christine Lovelock has campaigned against what she says are inefficient "wind factories" for some time - and has decided to tour all the sites to highlight the rapidly increasing number which will be built if plans go ahead.

"I also want to make the point that you can be Green and yet against industrial sized wind turbines," said the Bradiford artist, who last year set up the Artists Against Windfarms website.

"I am very concerned about climate change and led what may have been the first Save the Whales protest, back in 1970 before Greenpeace had even been founded. But I simply do not believe the environmental costs of these giant structures outweigh the small benefits, especially when there are other alternatives."

Christine is hoping her famous environmentalist father James Lovelock will join her for a section of the walk.

She will set off from Brent Tor at Dartmoor on May 13 but her journey will also take in several North Devon sites. These will include three existing turbines at Stowford Cross, Bradworthy, an area earmarked for more in the future.

Christine will also visit Fullabrook Down area near Ilfracombe, where plans for 22 turbines continue to rumble on. Other areas facing the 110 metre structures include the Knowstone area near south Molton and West Devon.

Along the way Christine plans to visit the groups campaigning against wind farms in the region. Various fund raising and awareness activities are expected to take place in conjunction with her visits.

The walk culminates at Torrington on June 6 in time for the performance of The Wind Thing at the Plough Arts Centre.


Source: http://www.northdevongazett...

MAY 3 2006
https://www.windaction.org/posts/2435-artist-s-walk-against-wind-turbines
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