New Zealand Wind Day -22 february
Celebrating Wind Energy in New Zealand
Global wind day on 15 June is recognised in more than 75 countries with hundreds of events all around the world. It is a day for discovering wind, its power and the possibilities it holds to change our world.
As June is in the middle of winter we thought, in addition to recognising the global event, we would create our own NZ Wind Day in summer to celebrate wind energy in New Zealand.
The 22 February was our first NZ Wind Day. We started small and launched a competition in a number of school’s close to some of our members’ wind farms.
The competition focused on understanding the impact of climate change and global warming and how clean energy such as wind generation can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help move us to a low carbon economy. Students were provided with a fact sheet on Climate Change and Clean Energy and, to win a prize for their school, tell us in words or pictures what “Clean energy for a better future in NZ” means to them.
NZWEA received a lot of fantastic entries which were very much appreciated with Brooklyn School in Wellington being the winner.
A number of the winning school's entries can be viewed below (click on each image to enlarge):
If you would like to know more about climate change and renewable energy the student fact sheet and teacher lesson plan are available in the Resources / for Teachers section of our website.
For 2018 we’ll be looking to celebrate NZ Wind Day with more activity and involving more New Zealanders in sharing the positive contribution wind energy can make to our future.