Wind energy has taken a lot of heat from individuals across the world. There are some anti-wind groups that feel it is a hazard to wildlife, especially birds, but the truth of the matter is that without renewable energy sources, our world and everything on it would be in jeopardy, not just our birds.
Fossil fuels and other non-renewable energy sources are finite, and very damaging to our ecosystems. According to the report, Energy, the environment, and health, “The World Health Organization estimates that air pollution causes 2.7-3.0 million premature deaths a year, or 5-6 percent of global mortality.”
The World Health Organization also states that, “Evidence published by WHO/Europe earlier this year, as part of the international project to review evidence on health aspects of air pollution (REVIHAAP), confirmed the importance of outdoor air pollution as a risk factor for health, and strengthened the causal link between fine particles (PM2.5) and cardiovascular and respiratory ill health. It also showed that long-term exposure to PM2.5 can trigger a range of problems, such as atherosclerosis, adverse birth outcomes and childhood respiratory diseases, and suggested possible links with neurological development, cognitive function and diabetes.”
Still don’t believe us? All you have to do is look to organizations who are actually fighting for the health and safety of birds and other wildlife, and you will see that even they agree with wind power being a practical and worthwhile alternative to energy production.
UK’s Royal Society for the Protection of Birds:
“We hope that by building a wind turbine at our UK headquarters, we will demonstrate to others that with a thorough environmental assessment, the correct planning and location, renewable energy options like this one in Sandy and a healthy, thriving environment can go hand in hand.”
WWF (World Wildlife Fund):
“The good news is that renewable sources of energy, such as wind and solar power, hydro-electric power, tidal power, geothermal energy and biomass, are a viable alternative to fossil fuels. By switching to renewable energy, we can protect our natural environment, achieve energy independence, and help avoid the dangerous consequences of global warming.”
Mike Daulton, National Audubon Society Senior Director of Government Relations:
“With proper site selection, planning and monitoring, wind energy can help reduce the need for fossil fuels that threaten wildlife and all life by altering our climate. These guidelines will enable project planning that is smart from the start and that will help wind power to fuel a future that is both prosperous and wild.”
So why all the fuss from anti-wind lobbyists? If organizations all over the world who have the science and research to back their opinions think that wind energy is a good alternative… why can’t these groups see the bright side too?