The crowdfunding campaign to create the Fund for the Legal Defense of the Cantabrian Mountains (FDJCC), started last April 22nd, Earth Day, ended last Sunday, June 6th, coinciding with the weekend of World Environment Day.
It has exceeded its goal $49,300 (€40,500) and has reached a total of $60,165 (€49,434), 122% over the challenge set, which will be used to “defend this natural sanctuary from the abuses of large energy corporations.”
It has been 46 days of “intense” work, developed by the promoting entities: Asociación para a Defensa Ecolóxica de Galiza (ADEGA), Mesa Eólica de Las Merindades de Burgos, Plataforma Bierzo Aire Limpio, Plataforma para la Defensa de la Cordillera Cantábrica (PDCC), Plataforma para la Defensa de los Valles Pasiegos and Sociedade Galega de Ornitoloxox (Sociedade Galega de Ornitolox).
According to the promoters, the results of the campaign have surpassed all expectations, accounting for a total of 834 donations. It is important to highlight the profile of origin of the donations, since, in addition to numerous individual contributions, 49 contributions correspond not only to conservationist and ecologist entities but also, “very significantly,” to tourism, environmental, and agri-food companies.
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Equally important has been the impact on the regional and national media
The Fund for the Legal Defense of the Cantabrian Mountains aims to collect, attend and support the sensitivities of the numerous local initiatives that have arisen in recent months from the eastern Galician mountains to the north of Burgos, from western Asturias to the Pasiego valleys, from El Bierzo to the mountains of Leon and Palencia.
The results obtained allow to start the project with all the available resources and to draw some conclusions
- “There is a high level of motivation and concern” in the territories of Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, Zamora, León, Palencia and Burgos, Euskadi, Navarra, and La Rioja, territories in which there are currently more than 8,000 turbines installed and in which there are plans for the construction of new turbines.
8,000 turbines are currently installed in these areas, with plans to install even more. “The citizen mobilizations of the last few days confirm this generalized concern that reflects the support for this crowdfunding campaign,” they emphasized.
- “The promoters of the initiative have managed to clearly communicate our position: we confirm our commitment to renewable energies -mainly small-scale based on self-consumption or in the proximity of the large poles of energy production- and to the development of new renewable energies, the proximity of large energy poles, but we denounce the lack of territorial planning and the lack of environmental sensitivity of many of the projects in the pipeline in the north of Spain, in areas of enormous natural and landscape interest.
of enormous natural and scenic interest.”
As they warned, “the situation has become very worrying in recent months, with a disturbing flood of macro-projects in the pipeline (see the mapping of projects at www.fdjcc. org), in a regulatory context still undeveloped, in which the approval a few weeks ago of the PNIEC (National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan, published in the BOE on 31/03/2021) and the recent Law on Climate Change stand out, and with a clear lack of management, planning and zoning by both the regional administrations and the Ministry for Ecological Transition itself”.
The Fund for the Legal Defense of the Cantabrian Mountains will act on several fronts: through legal defense, promoting legal actions in the European, state and regional courts against the actions of the public administrations and against the sectorial regulations that circumvent the previous territorial planning and management or that contravene the treaty.
The Fund will provide assistance to groups, associations and local communities that pursue the same goals of defending biodiversity and the landscape, and will make available to the public a knowledge base with legal, bibliographic and cartographic resources to facilitate citizen participation.
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