Ohio Beyond Coal: Global Wind Day 2013
On Friday, June 14, 2013, Sierra Club Ohio and Moms Clean Air Force organizers, volunteers and Columbus area residents celebrated Global Wind Day at the Columbus Commons. As part of the celebration, participants made pinwheels and learned about the wind energy industry in Ohio as part of the Commons for Kids activities.
Global Wind Day is a worldwide event that occurs annually on June 15. It is a day for learning about wind, its power and the possibilities it holds to change our planet. It is also a day for discovery of the work that has already begun by pioneers around the world. In more than 75 countries around the world, wind farms are in operation, generating energy from a clean and renewable source.
This year marked the second year Sierra Club celebrated Global Wind Day at the Columbus Commons with over 150 children participating this year; even more than last year!
The wind energy industry in Ohio has huge potential and Global Wind Day is a fantastic opportunity to talk about that. The EPA is doing its part to clean up our air and protect public health, and wind energy is a clean energy solution to meet our electric demands as opposed to dirty coal plants.
According to the American Wind Energy Association, over 5,000 Ohioans are employed in wind industry related jobs. Ohio’s onshore wind resource could provide 95.3 percent of the state’s current electricity needs. Additionally, Ohio was the fastest growing state for new wind industry installations in 2011, growing a staggering 950%.
-- Neil Waggoner, Ohio Beyond Coal