Prince Edward County has declared a climate emergency but White Pines Windfarm is a litmus test of Council’s sincerity
Oct 7, 2019
After much thought, about what I was planing to say to you today, I realized that all of this has been said before and has repeatedly fallen on deaf ears.
I hope most of you have come to realize that destroying a wind farm is completely senseless and insane. If you don’t realize it by now, you certainly will in the near future when you will suffer the effects of climate change the same as the rest of us.
Even though our small wind farm on its own was not going to save the world, at least it was something positive during this negative and scary time. A functioning wind farm would have put the County on the map as being an area that truly cared about the fate of the planet, and stepping forward in a positive move. But, instead, we look like fools, moving backwards in a time of such uncertainty.
I have done the best I can to draw attention to the benefits of renewable energy and specifically wind. I don’t plan on stopping any time soon either. Sadly, I must face the unfortunate and discouraging fate of White Pines that is now on the horizon, and with that, knowing the truth that everything and everyone loses because of this. There are no winners There is no human victory: every one and every living creature loses.
When I attended the Climate strike in Halifax just over a week ago, I was given great hope by what I saw. Being a part of ten thousand singing dancing chanting strong people of every possible age, made me feel encouraged that just because some people around the County don’t get it there are many millions that do. Nearly eight million participants in 185 Countries, all demanding, loud and clear , that we deserve a livable planet and it is time to change our ways. When I left Nova Scotia I was enlightened, and re charged by the positive energy. Despite how backwards things are here in the County, I am truly inspired by the actions of so many people worldwide all recognizing that we can do something. And WE ARE!
As a supporting member of the Green Party here in the Quinte region, I am among many people who are not just waiting around for someone else to do something —just like Angella and Annnette, and the members of the County Sustainability Group, the local Fridays For Future , and many individuals.
We will persist and we will continue to grow in numbers. We will never give up on the vision of one day having a wind farm in the County; and someday in the future to be able to boast proudly that we are a part of the movement forward.