Today is Global Wind Day

Monday June 15 is Global Wind Day, an awareness campaign for the promotion of wind energy worldwide, organized by European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). It is being celebrated in 25 countries, promoting awareness of wind energy worldwide and inviting the public to celebrate wind power as a near-term solution to global climate change and a driver for economic growth in local communities.

2009 will be a crucial year for the fight against climate change. Decision makers from all over the world will meet in Copenhagen in December to discuss the post-Kyoto protocol agreement. EWEA and GWEC say the aim of Global Wind Day is to draw attention to wind power in the run-up to those climate negotiations in Copenhagen.

The message is global: wind power works – it tackles climate change, it improves energy dependence on fossil fuels, and it is an intelligent investment.

Global Wind Day activities include exhibitions, forums, wind farms tours and other awareness raising initiatives are taking place throughout the world today. Wind farm guided tours, conferences, exhibitions, workshops, information days, openings of new wind farms, regattas, marathons, theatrical shows … The hundreds of events being organised for the Global Wind Day on 15 June, across 25 countries worldwide, can be seen on a new, interactive Google map.

Participants will join EWEA and GWEC in asking decision makers at national, regional, and local level around the world to endorse new commitments and approve proper legal frameworks that will enable a large-scale development of wind power.

“In the United States, Global Wind Day comes at a time when the nation is surging forward in wind and renewable energy development,” said American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) CEO Denise Bode,“but we risk losing this momentum and tens of thousands of jobs if Congress does not adopt a strong national renewable energy standard, or RES. America could lose ground to China and Europe where strong renewable energy policy commitments are driving investment in manufacturing and development. It’s time for a national RES here in the U.S. We need to seize this historic opportunity to create jobs, build up our renewable energy industry, and fight climate change.”

Wind energy supporters can join AWEA’s call for an RES through a number of events and activities on Global Wind Day.

Winners of Global Wind Day’s photo competition were announced on Friday. The winning photograph is shown here – see the Global Wind Day website for more entries.

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