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Wind Bag of Aeolus [Ασκός του Αιόλου]

(Greece; 10 min.)

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Note:  This is a short version of a full-length documentary that is seeking completion funds. See Indiegogo campaign.

Sometimes you have to open the windbag of Aeolus and unleash everything hidden inside.

You cannot conceive the beauty or the ugliness of this world when you are observing it from a distance. You have to approach, dive into its depths and explore…it is only then that awareness and objectiveness are acquired.

Green growth was introduced to Greece round the early ‘80s, when E.U. directives applied to Greek Government energy policy led to the installation of the first wind farm. Since then the number of wind farms has been increasing at an immense rate. The incentive for this investigation was the observation of wind turbines being inconsiderately dispersed across invaluable regions of the mainland and the islands of Greece, in the name of clean, “green energy”.

The main objective of this documentary is to shed light on the environmental, financial and social consequences of this policy and the aftermath of the so-called “high priority” investments supported by huge subsidies.

While following this objective numerous questions were raised.

Is this energy policy the essence of green growth and if so, could this be considered a truly sustainable form development?

When examining the environmental aspects, one could wonder about the following: Which are the spatial criteria for selection of areas of installation? Under what kind of environmental assessment sites like forests, conservation areas, sites near traditional settlements or historic sites are approved as suitable? Why are those environmental assessments carried out mostly by private companies and not by scientists, and how are their results validated? Which are, if there are any, the obligations of the wind farm owners considering the removal of the turbines and the restoration of the environment and who sees that it is actually carried out? In other words, is this really a strategy or a predatory way of harnessing renewable energy sources? Could green energy under these circumstances ever be actually “green”?

Such an obvious lack of strategic planning raises more questions considering the financial aspects of the matter. Whom do these “strategic investments” really serve? Under what legislation is the constitutionally defined meaning of sustainability being annulled, when permits are being issued inconsiderately and subsidies are given out to one-person companies and affiliates of the same key companies in the energy field? Why isn’t there any consideration whatsoever of the actual energy needs of the country? Why aren’t those companies fined when they are not meeting their dept to land owners? Or, why is the ownership status scouted?

Τhe strength, support and motivation for this 16-month journey of searching, filming and visiting the farthest corners of Greece came from the people of this land, people who have been conveniently silenced. This raises the biggest question of all: Why are all the above taking place while communities around Greece are provided with no official information at all? Why are the views of Municipalities totally disregarded in decision making? Why are their arguments, protests, petitions passed by? Is this really where the birthplace of Democracy ended up to?

As a production team we decided 16 months ago to open the windbag of green growth in Greece and separate the lies from the truth. We did so being fully aware of the risks involved and while knowing well enough the power of the key players in the energy field in Greece.

In our effort to carry out an objective and independent research we decided to refuse financing from private companies, state funds and the Greek Media due to their intertwining relations. As a result we were obliged to find other means of covering the cost of this large-scale research that has been in progress for the last 16 months. Part of the cost of the journalistic missions in numerous regions of Greece was covered by Groups, Societies and citizens involved in the struggle for the protection and conservation of the environment. The production team consists of 6 journalists and researchers, 6 cameramen, 1 editor and 1 translator. Most us are unemployed or have part-time jobs and have offered our services and time to this project without receiving any payment. Your support is therefore invaluable for the completion of our research and the post production of the film. We firmly believe that citizens of this country have the right to be heard. We want the truth to come forward. That is what this documentary is for.


The titles in the box below are available on a compilation DVD (NTSC). Request a copy at DVD/wind-watch.org. Please consider making a donation to help support this free public service.

Welcome to Mars Hill

(Maine; 22 min.)

Voices of Tug Hill

(Lewis County, N.Y.; 21 min.)

Life Under a Windplant

(Meyersdale, Pa.; 26 min.)

Wind Turbine Strobe Lights and Eerie Noises

(Fenner and Wethersfield, N.Y.; 7 min.)

Industrial Wind Energy Information

(compilation from above videos and the "Truth About Industrial Wind Energy" presentations; 39 min.)

The Wind Turbine Battle / Der Kampf um die Windräder

(Germany; 29 min.)

Wind Farm Issues — Compilation

(Fife, Scotland; 6 min.)

WINDFALL

(Meredith, N.Y.; 1 hr. 23 min.)

WIND RUSH

(Ontario; 42 min.)

Windbag of Aeolus [Ασκός του Αιόλου]

(Greece; 10 min.)

La nueva conquista: Eolicos en Oaxaca

(Mexico; 10 min.)

Infrasound from Wind Turbines / Infraschall von Windkraftanlagen / Infrasons des éoliennes

(Germany; 10 min.)

Wind Turbine Syndrome, a matter of bad prevention?

(Denmark; 13 min.)

Wind Turbines and Public Health

(Australia; 7 min.)

No Safe Place

(Prince Edward County, Ont.; 13 min.)

Presentations before the Concerned Citizens of Moore and Argyle Township

(Michigan; 3 videos)

The Falmouth Conference on Human Rights

(Falmouth, Mass.; 5 videos)

Wind Turbine Information Session

(Scituate, Mass.; 2 hr. 10 min.)

Potential Placement of Wind Turbines

(Shelburne, Mass.; 1 hr. 57 min.)

Realities of Wind Energy

(Dekalb County, Ill.; 1 hr. 20 min.)

Battery Blues

(Hawaii; 4.5 min.)

This Is Green Energy?

(Lowell, Vt.; 1.5 min.)

Mad World of Wind Turbines

(3.5 min.)

Wind Turbine Construction

(6 min.)

Wind Turbine Assembly

(6 min.)

Concrete Pour: Wind Turbine Foundation

(Ireland; 5 min.)

Europe’s Ill Wind

(25 min.)

A Taste of What’s Planned

(Whitelee, Scotland; 3 min.)

Testimony: Wind Turbine Noise

(Vermont; 19 videos)

Ontario Wind Turbines

(6 min.)

Living Near a Windfarm: Cape Bridgewater, Victoria

(4 interviews)

Victim Impact Statements: Australia

(13 interviews)

Interviews with Wisconsin Wind Farm Residents

(5 interviews)

Wisconsin Wind

(Fond du Lac County and Lincoln Township; 1 hr. 49 min.)

Throwing Caution to the Wind

(Port Rowan, Ont.; 7.5 min.)

Throwing Caution to the Wind

(Barrington, R.I.; 17 min.)

Helen Fraser Interview

(Shelburne, Ont.; 21 min.)

Amaranth Wind Turbines, Noise and Health: Barbara Ashbee Interview

(Amaranth, Ont.; 17 min.)

Pandora’s Pinwheels: The Reality of Life with Wind Turbines

(Australia and New Zealand; 1 hr. 57 min.)

Wind Turbines: The Test of Time

(7 min.)

Shadow Flicker

(Dashwood, Huron Co., Ont.; 2 min.)

What Wind Turbines Sound Like

(Fond du Lac County, Wis.; 2.5 min.)

Wind Turbine Noise and Shadow Flicker

(Fond du Lac County, Wis.; 9 min.)

Industrial Wind Turbine Shadow Flicker in Wisconsin 2008

(Fond du Lac County, Wis.; 2.5 min.)

Wind Turbine Flicker

(Scituate, Mass.; 7 videos)

Shadow Flicker and Noise

(Freedom, Maine; 3 videos)

Shadow Flicker

(The Netherlands; 3 min.)

Foliennes — Éoliennes à tout prix?

(Québec; 7 videos)

The Truth About Industrial Wind Energy

(Kansas; 12 presentations)

Infrasound and Motion Sickness

(Ontario; 18 min.)

Lowell Mountain Soundscape Before and After Wind Turbines

(Vermont; 30 sec.)

Noise of Turbine in Aberdeenshire

(Scotland; 2 min.)

Sound Recording

(Wales)

Wind Turbine Breaks Up in Storm

(Denmark; 3 videos)

Burning Wind Turbine

(Portugal; 4.5 min.)

Burning Wind Turbine

(Indiana; 2 min.)

Wind Turbine Fire

(Isselburg, Germany; 2 videos)

Wind Turbine Fires

(Germany)

Washing Wind Turbine from Helicopter

(Spain; 3 min.)

The Battle for Cefn Croes

(Wales; 3 min.)

The Destruction of Cefn Croes

(photo collection)

Vulture Fatally Collides With Wind Turbine Blade

(Crete; 30 sec./6 min.)

A Rough Wind: The Impact of Industrial Windmill Facilities on Birds and Other Wildlife

(Pennsylvania; 20 min.)

Raptors and Wind Turbines

(Norway; 6.5 min.)


More videos are available in the Documents Library.

Also see more videos at the National Wind Watch You Tube page


NWW also recommends:

The Politics of Peat

RTE News footage of the bog slides caused by wind facility construction in Derrybrien and other sites in Co. Galway, Ireland
(compiled by the Scottish Wind Assessment Project)
Write to SWAP to obtain a copy.

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