Global Wind Day 15 June

 

 

Global Wind Day is a worldwide event that occurs annually on 15 June. It is a day for discovering wind, its power and the possibilities it holds to change our world.

It is also a day for discovery of the work that has already begun by pioneers around the world. In more than 79 countries around the world, wind farms are in operation, generating energy from a clean and renewable source.

Thousands of individuals are involved in the production of energy from the wind, but for many people, wind energy is a mystery. Global Wind Day is the day when you can visit wind farms, meet experts, attend events and find out everything you want to know about wind energy.

The European Wind Energy Association – EWEA – and the Global Wind Energy Council – GWEC – coordinate the Global Wind Day through a network of partners. The day started as a European one in 2007 and went Global in 2009. On 15 June, thousands of public events are organised all over the world.

What happened this year?

From Norway to Uruguay, Israel to India, hundreds of activities allowed people around the world to discover the power of wind energy on Global Wind Day, 15 June.

From concerts in Croatia to boat trips in Japan, a video contest in Georgia and a comic workshop in Argentina, activities were many and varied, but all giving a chance to find out why wind energy is good for both our economy and our climate. All are shown on an interactive map on the Global Wind Day website.

Over 30,000 people have already shown their preference for wind energy over polluting fossil fuels by 'Liking' the  G8 Wake Up call online app urging world leaders to keep their commitment to phase out fossil fuels and switch to renewables instead: Global Wind Day urges G8 leaders to stop subsidising fossil fuels and switch to renewables.

People from 66 countries have also been busy sending pictures to the Global Wind Day photo competition. The winning photos were announced on 13 June - have a look at the  winning pictures here.

UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres supports Global Wind Day: "The extensive and scaled-up deployment of wind energy and other forms of renewable energy needs to play a central role in this transformation [to a low-carbon economy]." Full quote

Global Wind Day is supported by the Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU. Irish Ambassador to the EU Tom Hanney says: "Wind is a very important resource for Ireland and an increasing one, so therefore we support Global Wind Day". Full quote

Read full GWD report and find out how it was celebrated in 2013 !

See GWD "I love wind because.." video.

See who are Global Wind Day Ambassadors  and what they say about wind power.

Global Wind Day is organised by the European Wind Energy Association and the Global Wind Energy Council.

Find out more: www.globalwindday.org