We all need to ask ourselves how important it is to:
- Get from A to B as quickly as possible.
- Heat our interior during winter instead of wearing warm clothes at home.
- Use air-conditioning systems during summer.
For all these comforts we require energy. I recently overheard a government employee suggesting the interesting notion, that we should all simply switch off the electricity for one day per year. My first thought was, "Rubbish!" But after some deliberation I thought to myself, "Yes, it could bring our environmental consciousness on environmental conservation, climate control and species protection to a whole new intellectual level."
Many people complain about bird deaths caused by wind energy systems. When we conduct a little research we will discover figures ranging from 1,000 to 150,000 birds killed by wind energy systems per year (sources: BWE, Bund or Die Welt).
Yet the same research also reveals that between 5 to 10 million (in real numbers: 5,000,000 to 10,000,000) birds fall prey to highway traffic and high voltage power lines per year.
Figures provided by the Naturschutzbund (source:http://www.nabu.de/tiereundpflanzen/voegel/tippsfuerdiepraxis/01079.html) are even more disturbing: between 100 million to 1 billion (in real numbers: 100,000,000 to 1,000,000,000) annual bird deaths are cause by glass panels (window fronts and green houses, etc.).
Numerous bird species are listed on the red list of First Category Endangered Species.
Nevertheless, it is well known, that a global rise in temperatures will lead to a rising occurrence of violent wind storms with ever increasing intensity. Therefore I feel that, while striving to protect endangered species, we will be repeatedly required to prioritize climate control because, when the climate changes, more endangered species will perish than we could ever imagine.
We at X-Wind don’t have all the answers to all the problems, but we are certain that with renewable energy from X-Wind systems, a majority of the problems facing us can be alleviated or even prevented altogether.