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Hurtling at High Speed towards Extinction?
"The Woodland Trust states that 108 ancient woodlands will be damaged due to HS2, 33 sites of Special Scientific Interest will be affected and 21 designated nature reserves will be destroyed. In England, the term "ancient woodland" refers to areas that have been constantly forested since at least 1600; such areas accommodate a complex and diverse ecology of plants and animals... According to the Trust, 56 hectares (0.6 km2) are threatened with total loss from the construction of Phases 1 and 2. Rare species such as the dingy skipper, barn owl, and white clawed crayfish could see a decreased population or even localised extinction upon the realization of the project." - Wikipedia
This at a time of Climate Emergency, Global Mass Extinction & Catastrophic Environmental Breakdown.
To shave minutes from a train journey for rich business people to hurtle further north (as if they have to meet in "meat-space", rather than merely virtually to do business).
Costing billions of £s of tax-payers' money (& it won't come in under budget, will it?)
Extortionate train fares going to for-profit private companies, subsidised by the State.
Saplings they promise to plant are no replacement for 300 year old Oaks.
Funnily enough (but not really amusing), the sections of track to Leeds & Manchester are referred to as 'Phase 2b'!
Going off the rails...
"stop in the name of love...
think it over"
PS - money better spent on NHS?
See these photos of now dead trees from the proposed route:
Weep at the way we are inflicting such gross, unnecessary harm on Mother Earth.
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in LOVE & REBELLION