Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Wind Turbines

A leaflet was dropped through our letterbox the other day. It encouraged us to object to the proposal to build a wind turbine along the valley from Aboyne. The heading was, "Not on our patch".  Sigh. Always it has to be someone else's problem. I have a certain amount of sympathy for people whose part of the world really is beautiful and who chose the location of their house for its outlook and would definitely not have bought if there had been a turbine there already. But my sympathy stops short of agreeing with them. Thinking people on the whole seem to agree that we cannot continue to exploit the non renewable resources ad infinitum. If this is the case, we need to become part of the solution. Part of the solution is to become renewable resources friendly. And this has to include my willingness to see turbines in my back yard. Too many of us are prepared to agree there is a problem, but when we are unwilling to play, the problem becomes someone else's to solve. We are no longer identifying with it ourselves. Unfortunately there are too many problems which are not amenable to that treatment. Ok, we have to be willing to set boundaries and say "no" sometimes, but often there is a better way, a way that invites our positive participation. Strangely enough, this is also so so true of Church. 

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