Energized by Sylvain Landry’s photo challenge, week 13, ‘Ecology’ theme, I have gathered a few photos documenting Ontario’s emerging wind turbine and solar panel landscapes. There are many other scenes not reflected here, such as fields of solar panels, visible from highways; panels on stands and rooftops on residential properties; almost one hundred turbines on St Lawrence Seaway island farmlands; and large land-based wind farms. The building of renewable energy infrastructure in Ontario, particularly wind turbines, has not been without controversy and intense legal battles. I feel sad when I think that perhaps some individuals are being trampled on for the common good, ie our transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. I hope that governments play a leadership role in identifying locations for projects that provide the least environmental interference possible –taking into account wildlife, waters, soil, vegetation, and humans. Ideally we would have a plan–just as we have official plans for building and development.
These are Sunday morning reflections. If I come across more information about these concerns, I will let you know.
For more Ecology-themed photos, please visit S-L Week 13. The featured image is an amazing, artistic view of a gigantic wind turbine, posted by Sylvain Landry, photographer.
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