You stopped “big wind”

Congratulations! You did it, you stopped them. You stopped what you consider to be an invasion of Seneca County by “big wind” and halted what you saw as a plan to take over the county by big industry. What now? You’d probably say that you’d go back to your normal lives and that in protesting you let peole “keep” their normal lives. One of the biggest points you made was that the turbines would take up a lot of land, land that could potentially be used to farm. But how long do you think the ability to have a successful family farm will last? To your children, your grandchildren and maybe even your great-grandchildren? Well, you just lowered your great-grandchild’s chances. The floods of this year are just the beginning…

The wind farm project in Seneca County was our last chance to make a difference on the world stage. To set an example of clean, renewable action at the grassroots level. To combat the climate crisis on the only level we can. Not only did you crush our last chance to help, you crushed a fundamental part of a generation’s hope for a livable future. A hope rooted in projects like what would’ve been our local wind farm.

The most recent study by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states that we have less than 12 years to act on climate change before it causes irreversible damage. What could we do to stop this damage? We could: get rid of fossil fuels, reduce the output of greenhouse gases, and switch to clean, renewable energy. Several examples of renewable energy are: hydroelectric power, thermal power, solar power and, of course, wind power. You might say that, as I just stated, there are other renewable alternatives to wind, without the disadvantages. That’s exactly true, however let’s examine these other options. Take hydroelectric for example, we have the Sandusky river we could utilize, which is a great resource. Now, let’s go through the process of establishing a hydroelectric dam on the river: first we have to find a company willing to build and run one. Well, that could be a problem. As any resident of Tiffin knows, the Sandusky river isn’t the most consistent river in terms of water level. Even with our current weather it’s essentially a coin toss, and that’s not even considering the changing weather of future years of continual “business as usual”. Thermal? Not unless a volcano suddenly forms in Hedges. Solar? We’re in Ohio, not Arizona. Wind? Nope, that got killed. As you can see, our choices were pretty slim, and now are non-existent.

Again, congratulations Seneca Anti-Wind Union, you successfully toppled any chance Seneca County had to help humanity fight this problem.

Now, to my own generation. A generation of people that are forced to clean up the mess of our parents and grandparents. This isn’t our fault, but it is our problem. A problem we must solve for the benefit of the entire human species, and it’s time for us to do something about it. It’s time for us to make our voices heard, to say in the voice of a generation that we will not sit idly by while the world ignores it’s greatest problem. It’s time to change the rules, but we can’t do that by following them.

Brakstin Hockley

Columbian Student