As an indication of how quickly things can change, a UK drone pilot’s video of a shuttered colliery and coke plant in Wales offers dramatic evidence of how swiftly the carbon-spewing coal industry has declined in the space of a generation.

Professional photographer and aerial video pilot Ollie Wells captured haunting first-person view drone footage of Wales’s Cwm Colliery, near Pontypridd. It was shuttered nearly 35 years ago in the wake of then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s frontal assault on the UK’s coal mining industry. Though supporters viewed striking miners as both victims and heroes in their opposition to Thatcher’s conservative policies, the reputation of coal and other fossil fuels has since earned a decidedly negative reputation in a swiftly warming world. The current state of the Cwm facility may provide hope to people protesting timid resolutions coming out of the COP26 summit of how things might change yet.

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Source: dronedj.com