The Daily Telegraph

Thunberg sides with reindeer herders to oppose wind farms

- By Our Foreign Staff

GRETA THUNBERG has been taking part in a five-day protest blocking the entrance to Norway’s energy ministry to protest against wind turbines.

Thunberg was specifical­ly demonstrat­ing against wind turbines built on land traditiona­lly used by indigenous Sami reindeer herders.

“Indigenous rights, human rights, must go hand-in-hand with climate protection,” she said. “That can’t happen at the expense of some people. Then it is not climate justice.”

Norway’s supreme court in 2021 ruled that two wind farms built in central Norway violated Sami rights under internatio­nal convention­s, but the turbines remain in operation more than 16 months later.

Reindeer herders in the Nordic country say the sight and sound of the giant wind power machinery frighten their animals and disrupt age-old traditions.

Thunberg and a dozen Sami demonstrat­ors have occupied the Oslo ministry’s reception since last Thursday.

The ministry said it hoped for a compromise on the fate of the 150 wind turbines that can power 100,000 homes.

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