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Road trip: Sean McCabe researcher at TASC pictured in The Burren near Kilnaboy, Co Clare. Photo: Eamon Ward

Road trip: Sean McCabe researcher at TASC pictured in The Burren near Kilnaboy, Co Clare. Photo: Eamon Ward

Road trip: Sean McCabe researcher at TASC pictured in The Burren near Kilnaboy, Co Clare. Photo: Eamon Ward

I caught a dawn ferry across the Shannon travelling from Kerry to Clare yesterday morning. It was hard not to be struck by the beauty of the sunrise coming through the heavy fog hanging over the estuary. Pulling away from the south shore, under the shadow of the oil-powered electricity plant in Tarbert, I could see no further than Moneypoint, the coal-fired power station on the northern shore, surrounded, as it is now, by a small number of wind turbines.

We are living in worrying times. We know we stand on the brink of environmental catastrophe - fossil fuel- induced climate breakdown and the collapse of biodiversity confront us with an existential crisis. We know we must urgently wean our societies off fossil fuels, that much is clear. But what lies beyond remains shrouded and uncertain. For the workers at Tarbert and Moneypoint, their families and their communities, this uncertainty means that the climate crisis is also a livelihood crisis.


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