Some people would say that wind turbines are ugly; but not everyone would agree… and definitely not David Suzuki. In one of his latest blog posts, Dr. Suzuki talks about his appreciation for wind energy and the visual impacts wind turbines make on landscapes.
“But, are windmills ugly? Mostafa Tolba, executive director of the UN Environment Programme from 1976 to 1992, told me belching smokestacks were considered signs of progress when he was growing up in Egypt. Even as an adult concerned about pollution, it took him a long time to get over the pride he felt when he saw a tower pouring clouds of smoke.
Our perception of beauty is shaped by our values and beliefs. Some people think wind turbines are ugly. I think smokestacks, smog, acid rain, coal-fired power plants and climate change are ugly. I think windmills are beautiful. They harness the wind’s power to supply us with heat and light. They provide local jobs. They help clean air and reduce climate change.
And if one day I look out from my cabin porch and see a row of windmills spinning in the distance, I won’t curse them. I will praise them. It will mean we’re finally getting somewhere.”
It’s interesting to bring attention to how our perception becomes our own reality. When we look at the facts of wind power, and see it as a way of moving forward by creating sustainable energy and positive growth, they naturally become more attractive in our eyes.
Wind energy has become the fastest growing source of electricity in the world, and advances in technology make its prices more comparable to traditional energy sources. This means wind power is becoming even more lucrative while actively protecting the environment from harsh chemicals/pollution. We are creating a better world for the generations to come.
So do you really think wind turbines are ugly? Or do you view them as positive progress? Leave a comment down below!