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Friday, 14 June 2013

Discover the Power of Wind Energy on Global Wind Day, 15 June 2013

Sustainability Consult is delighted to welcome a guest post by Zoë Casey, Blog Editor at the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).  With the Global Wind Energy Council, EWEA coordinates Global Wind Day.

Global Wind Day – you may have heard of it, or you may be one of the 29,000 people who have ‘liked’ Global Wind Day’s Facebook page, but what is it all about?  It’s a day for taking the energy debate – switching to renewables from fossil fuels, supporting wind power – out of the realm of policy and into the real world.  In short, Global Wind Day is the international annual day – on 15 June – for discovering wind power.
How does a wind turbine work?  How much power does the wind farm located near me produce?  Why should I support wind power over fossil fuels?  These are the types of questions and more that you could find the answer to on Global Wind Day.

How?  By attending one of the many events across the world, from wind farm open days to exhibitions and fairs.  By simply browsing our global wind energy FAQs and our Europe wind energy factsheet.  The International Energy Agency’s (IEA) latest report warns that the world is currently on track for a 3.6-5.3°C temperature increase.  The energy sector accounts for two-thirds of greenhouse gas emissions – making it a key area for action.

One way of encouraging the transition from fossil fuels to renewables in the energy sector is to limit the subsidies governments dole out for fossil fuels. Fatih Birol, Chief Economist at the IEA, said this year that fossil fuel subsidies – which amounted to $523 billion compared to renewables’ $88 billion in 2011 – are “public enemy number one to sustainable energy development”.

From 17-18 June, G8 leaders – governments of the world's eight wealthiest countries – are meeting in the UK.  Join us in calling for them to support a radical shift to renewables while implementing their commitment to phase out fossil fuel subsidies.

In addition to discovering more about wind energy, this year Global Wind Day will feature the winners of a photo and short story competition.  We have received 1,000 entries of stunning photos and insightful personal stories about wind power from across the globe and are now in the process of choosing the lucky winners.  Keep an eye out here for the results.

Global Wind Day is about promoting the discussion and understanding of wind power and now is the time to get involved. Attend or coordinate an event, take action online by telling a G8 leader to switch from fossil fuels to renewables or just strike up a conversation about wind energy with the chap sitting next to you on the train.  Join in and find out about the possibilities wind power holds to change our world.

Blog by Zoë Casey

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