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Why Greta Thunberg is protesting wind farms in Norway

By Kelsey Ables

01 Mar 2023 · 2 min read

Editor's Note

Wind farms are sources of renewable energy so it might seem surprising that climate activists were protesting against plans to build more. The Post reports on why the proposed site is controversial.

When Swedish climate advocate Greta Thunberg and other activists protested at several Norwegian government ministries this week, they weren't demonstrating against new petroleum refineries or tax incentives for Big Oil. Instead, they were fighting wind farms, often seen as a tool in fighting climate change.

But the two wind farms at stake are built on land in central Norway that is traditionally used by the Sami people to herd reindeer, a prized animal that has long provided them with food, clothing and labor. While the turbines bolster Norway's green ambitions by powering thousands of homes, they do so at a cost activists say is too high: by disrupting daily life of the Sami people and frightening the animals they rely on for their livelihood.

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