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Web campaign targets G8 vow

Global Wind Day calls for pressure on switch from fossil fuels to renewables

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Global Wind Day has launched an online action ahead of the G8 summit next Monday and Tuesday to pile pressure on world leaders to honour their commitment to phase out fossil fuels and switch to renewable energy.

The annual event, to be celebrated this Saturday, notes that the level of subsidies for fossil fuels has gone up by almost 30% to $620bn since 2010 and they now bag six times more than renewables. Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, meanwhile, have reached a record global high of 400 ppm.

Global Wind Energy Council secretary general Steve Sawyer said: “While world leaders pay lip service to combating climate change what they are actually doing is subsidizing CO2 emissions to the tune of $110 per tonne. Fossil fuel energy subsidy reform could take us a long way towards protecting the climate.”

It is projected that, with the right policy support, wind could reach 1000GW by 2020, avoiding more than 9bn tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

Opinion polls and surveys show overwhelming public support for the technology, with Eurobarometer rfinding 89% of EU citizens in favour of wind energy compared with 43% for coal and 36% for nuclear.

A 2012 survey in the US showed that 71% of Americans want to see more wind power development while a poll in Canada found 78% of Ontarians think wind is one of the safest forms of electricity generation. In a recent survey in the UK, two-thirds of Britons voted in favour of wind energy.

You can take part in the Global Wind Day action or learn more about the event here.

Image: wind has made a big impact in Thailand (Global Wind Day)

 

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