Poignant peace protest in Whiting Bay

The CND gathering at the peace tree on Sunday.

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More than 50 people of all ages gathered at the Peace Tree in Whiting Bay last Sunday. In the run up to the forthcoming COP 26 in Glasgow there has been a renewed focus on the environment and the issue of the Weapons of Mass Destruction based in the Clyde.

At the same time some Arran CND members went to the gates of the Faslane submarine base for a protest whose particular emphasis was on the specific implications for the marine environment of radioactive pollution and the more general carbon footprint impact of military resources.

Those who gathered in Whiting Bay regretted the recent  decision of the UK to increase by 44 per cent its stockpile of nuclear warheads despite the urgent for international cooperation and investment in measures to mitigate and adapt to climate breakdown.

The opening paragraph of a widely praised essay by Arran High School pupil Louis Gray entitled: There is No Planet B was read out: ‘We are living on this planet as if we have a new one to move to. Mother nature can only take so much of a beating until the biosphere of this gentle planet collapses. Right now we are at an important point in history – we choose if future generations get to live on a prosperous biodiverse earth or one that has been reduced to ruins.

‘Throughout previous decades we have found out more about the complex workings of our climate and maybe a few decades ago you could be forgiven for not doing anything about climate change, but now we have the facts, we have the knowledge and there’s no excuse for not playing your part in saving the planet.’

A lively discussion ensued about the possibility of an Arran Greenpeace Branch and starting a reading group based on the recently published Penguin Green Ideas Slipcase of 20 short classics of the ecology movement.


Long-time CND supporter Jessie Clark of Brodick with her daughter Kate at the peace gathering. NO_B40peace01

Louis Gray, centre, who wrote the widely praised essay There is No Planet B. NO_B40peace02

The CND gathering at the peace tree on Sunday. NO_B40peace03

Arran protestors at Faslane at the weekend Nick and Cheryl Burgess and Hilary Maguire. NO_B40peace04

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