Global Wind Day

The following item comes from the Clean Energy Council.

Global Wind Day is an event held to celebrate wind power and the positive changes that can come as the world moves towards a clean energy future. More than 75 countries around the world have installed wind turbines, creating thousands of jobs and reducing pollution.

In Australia, wind power will be one of the key technologies that helps Australia meet its 20% Renewable Energy Target by 2020. Polling shows that wind energy enjoys an 80 per cent support rate. The Clean Energy Council is celebrating Global Wind Day by launching educational resources on clean energy for teachers and students.

We are also launching a supporters’ register where you can sign up to show your support and say yes to this clean source of renewable energy.

To sign up to support wind energy in Australia visit the site.

To download a PowerPoint file with facts about wind energy click here
For the PDF version click here

To download a fact sheet all about wind energy in Australia click here

To view the Clean Energy Council’s education website visit cleanenergycouncil.org.au/education

You can access the Global Wind Day website here.

4 thoughts on “Global Wind Day

  1. It seems Global Wind Day generated as much interest as a tree stump.

    The Herald-Sun, The Australian and The Age had nothing.

    As for the Clean Energy Council, readers should remember it used to be called The Australian Wind Energy Association.

    The Chair is from Energy Developer, Pacific Hydro
    •The Board comprises of the Suzlon CEO and Managing Director (the developer proposing wind turbine construction around Boorowa)
    •The Managing Director of Vestas- Turbine Manufacturer
    •Senior Executives with Transfield and AGL- both turbine developers

    Of course they’re going to promote any “event” that could benefit their industry, but please don’t insult the intelligence of your readers by claiming this “event” will help the environment.

    It’s to promote the sale of turbines – no more, no less.

  2. hi James,
    yes, a good point, it didn’t get much media coverage (although there are many worthwhile events & issues that don’t get a run in the media).

    But your comment covers a pertinent issue when it comes to coverage of wind energy in the media. Its a lesson from Journalism 101 – ‘if it bleeds, it leads’. If there is conflict, drama, angst, fear in a story, then it has a good chance of getting a run. As one example, the current fear campaign about wind energy is guaranteed to get coverage.

    In contrast, the ‘boring’ detail of people getting on with building green energy, ‘drought proofing’ their farms by securing on going income from hosting turbines, creating jobs & regional opportunities, & tackling climate change is no where as exciting, and will never get the same coverage as the fear junkies do.

  3. Cam, the term drought proofing a farm with turbines is offensive to real farmers, as it infers they cannot make a income without a turbine.
    It also infers that the turbine will cause it to rain!
    I also agree that global wind day is just a promotional vehicle for the wind industry, anyway they can try to indoctrinate the minds of school children works for them.

  4. Sammy,
    i am not sure why so many antis struggle with the concept of ‘drought proofing’. It simply means finding sources of income which are not dependent on the weather, meaning that if you have a drought or flood or something else that affects your direct on-farm income, you are at least guaranteed some direct cash on a regular basis.
    Why is that so hard to get?
    So, all those people with turbines aren’t ‘real’ farmers? Talk about being offensive …

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