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Nimbyism

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Activists and campaigners are often accused of being NIMBYs (‘Not In My Back Yard’). In other words, a ‘NIMBY’ opposes news developments out of pure self-interest, whatever the benefits it may bring to the wider community or economy. At its worst NIMBYism simply pushes the problem elsewhere.

While there is certainly NIMBYism at the root of much local activism, increasingly activists are forming coalitions across the country and globally, so that they become NIABYs (‘Not in Anyone’s Back Yard’).

The Residents Against Ffos-y-fran (RAFF)
support anti-opencast coal mining groups and other environmental movements across the UK – their concerns about environmental justice have moved from the local to the national and global.