When I see an array of wind turbines I want to stop and watch them. I see them as graceful and elegant machines. This is my personal feeling and I know that not all people feel this way. Now I studied renewable energy at uni and so maybe there’s more depth to what I, and many others like me, see when we look at wind turbines.
I see bountiful energy effortlessly being harnessed for all to use. I see hundreds of cogs and gears spinning away behind the slow sweeping blades. I see fields that can be used for diverse purposes as well as wind power. I see the need for dirty fossil fuels fading. I see reclamation of our land. I see less pollution in the skies.
When I watch wind turbines tirelessly generating in their hundreds I see a possible future. I see that we are capable of generating clean energy, of manufacturing efficient items that last, of working in harmony with nature, of which we are a part and moving forward into a sustainable future.
I see passive buildings that don’t cost the earth to heat. I see urban edible gardens for all. I see electric powered transport. I see community energy projects, I see local engagement in where power comes from and how it is used. I see ethical economies based on sharing, inclusion and looking after our vulnerable community members. I see artisan markets with locally produced food and clothes. I see the beginning of the end of capitalism.
Wind turbines are big, I mean they are massive. To me they are a beacon of how we as a species can move into the next era without destroying every ecosystem, or even compromising that much on our conveniences or comforts. We have the technology we need to live in a modern eco society, we understand how each ecosystem works and depends on the next. We have the knowledge. We have the power.
So next time you see a wind turbine. Think of all the possibilities it can offer. The view behind it will only remain if we build more. Don’t ever block or complain of one being installed because it’s too close or not the right location or some other nimby excuse. Welcome them into your area, plan a community energy scheme or at the very least take a moment and see what I see. Hope for our future. A beautiful future where technology respects nature. We are nature.