by Megan McNeil
photo by Shannon Patrick
On June 15th, people will be celebrating Global Wind Day across the globe in various different ways. Last year, there were over 230 events in 40 different countries. To celebrate and raise awareness for wind power, the Sierra Club is hosting a kite-flying event this Friday at Loring Park. At the park from 12 to 3pm the Sierra Club is inviting people of all ages to fly kites, make pinwheels and learn about wind energy!
Wind power is revolutionizing the energy industry on a global and local level. Wind power brings jobs, health benefits and internal economic growth for the United States. Energy obtained from wind will open new doors for the job market across the country. In addition, wind power is clean and renewable. The air we breathe and the water we drink is being contaminated by pollution from coal-powered plants. Asthma and heart attacks are two of the most influential and detrimental consequences of keeping these dirty coal plants running. Wind turbines can help replace these dirty plants and allow for cleaner air and water.
photo by Diane Turner
According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), Minnesota is currently ranked 5th for most installed wind capacity as of 2011. Harnessing energy from wind power has created jobs for Minnesotans in the areas of manufacturing, assembly and distribution. AWEA also states that in 2010 alone 2,000 to 3,000 jobs were created by wind power. And Minnesota’s wind resource could provide nearly 25 times the state’s current electricity needs, according to a resource assessment from the National Renewable Energy Lab.