This weekend, Spain will be following in the footsteps of its European cousins, having organised a demonstration against cuts to its solar incentive scheme and energy moratorium. April 22, Earth Day, at noon, Spaniards will march from Santo Domingo Opera Dos de Mayo in the hope their government will take heed of their warning even though similar events in Germany and Italy fell on deaf ears. The UK is currently the only European country to have had any success against curtailing feed-in tariff cuts, no matter how short term the result may be.
The march will involve representatives from Climate Coalition, Ecologists in Action, Clean Air Platform and Friends of the Earth amongst others. At the end of the demonstration, a short play has been prepared by the organisers to show the damage the moratorium will do to the environment and society as a whole.
Spanish website Suelo Solar, whose slogan is “For the environment, climate and social justice”, feels these measures will involve job losses, a drastic reduction in labour and social rights, and a profound shift of income from grassroots to the business elite. It states that these policy arrangements do nothing to combat climate change and make way for a productive paradigm in order to avoid the deterioration of natural ecosystems.