June 15 is World Wind Day

Joanna Schroeder

Global Wind Day is around the corner on June 15, 2011. Organized by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), the groups hope to use the day to educate people about the benefits of wind energy through fun activities. Last year there were 220 events in 29 countries that took place from Austria to Australia, to Japan and Germany to Canada, Uruguay and the Ukraine, citizens will be able to participate in various activities including parachuting from wind turbines, watch open air theater, build kites for kite surfing and visit wind farms. In addition, there will be wind industry job fairs throughout the world.

“With wind, we can achieve a genuine energy revolution, and on 15 June, people on all continents celebrate the promises that wind power holds for our planet,” said GWEC’s Chairman Klaus Rave.

Event highlights include the German Technology Museum in Berlin opening its doors for a wind energy exhibition and an announcement in New York City of WindMade – an initiative to develop a consumer label for companies and products using wind power.

EWEA President Arthouros Zervos added, “Fukushima, the Arab spring and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have created enormous public interest in the future of energy. Global Wind Day encourages citizens to find out for themselves how wind can make our energy supply more secure and environmentally friendly.”

To learn more about events near you visit www.globalwindday.org.

International, Wind