Is National Wind Watch a resource that is valuable to you?
How much is it worth – to you – to keep it going?
Every day, thousands of people like you around the world view the wind-watch.org web site. Thousands more rely NWW’s news and documents presented on other web sites, on Facebook and Twitter, and in the daily e-mail newsletter.
Today, National Wind Watch celebrates 10 years of providing the tools and information needed for citizens, ecologists and policymakers to make informed decisions concerning the impacts of wind energy development.
From NWW’s origins at the first-in-the-nation gatherings of industrial wind stakeholders from around the U.S. in 2005 and 2006, your organization has grown to undisputed primacy in reporting on and publishing news, research papers, opinion essays and artistic endeavors, all painstakingly collected, curated, and – perhaps most importantly – presented in a context that focuses primarily on the issues that matter most: the impacts of wind energy development on people, our environment, our economy, and our quality of life.
It hasn’t always been easy. We’ve had to face down some bad players who tried to destroy our organization from within as well as resist attempts to co-opt our efforts by special interest groups with deep pockets to advance their own narrow agendas. We’ve also had to fend off lawsuits from media companies who wanted to maintain a monopoly on the information you rely on. And we’ve responded to repeated attacks from the wind industry itself.
Despite these challenges, National Wind Watch established and redoubled its position as the most used and most respected source of wind-related information on the web, and has facilitated countless countless interpersonal and interorganizational connections that resonate around the globe.
“Wind 2050” is a government and industry funded project in Denmark studying international resistance to large-scale wind energy development. In their graphic statistical analysis of the wind information web, wind-watch.org stands out as the most prominent site (the largest circle), referred to by more wind sites than any other. That graphic conveniently expresses what many of you already know, and what motivates your board of directors to advance our efforts: NWW’s work has become crucial to extending awareness of industrial wind to a growing, and global, network.
As National Wind Watch reaches 10 years of service, we’re reflecting on the impact we’ve had, assessing our financial situation, and considering how best to continue.
While the organization is staffed entirely by volunteers who receive no compensation, the cost of technology to keep up with steadily rising web and mobile traffic demands, as well as maintaining a robust defense against legal challenges, continue to rise. There are many developing opportunities to increase public exposure of the issues surrounding industrial wind development, but without a sufficient war-chest, NWW cannot take advantage of many of them.
But you can change that.
Five dollars, euros, pounds, kroner, etc. – whatever you can spare: consider a special 10th anniversary donation. And if you can afford more, please give what you think is appropriate. Planned giving is another way to ensure that your contribution will endure. Read more at wind-watch.org/donate.
U.S. contributions are tax-deductible.
Use one of the buttons above, go to wind-watch.org/donate to contribute, or mail your check today to: Treasurer, National Wind Watch, 63 West Hill Road, Hawley, MA 01339 (USA).
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