We have rallied in Queen’s Park, in downtown Toronto, at wind company science fairs and MPP offices with a good number of people coming in support. We have traveled extensively, organized buses, etc. to do so. It took a great deal of effort and time and it got our message out there.
Yesterday, some gave up time from a lovely day on the long weekend to come and set up on a section of Hwy 10, in the middle of whirling turbines north of Shelburne. We plastered cars with signs and each car parked at a hydro pole so we were WELL spread out and people were able to read signs as they went by. On top of that, everyone carried a sign to double the message exposure to passersby. As was prearranged, OPP were a welcome presence for our safety and went back and forth for the whole time, slowing traffic for us.
Time: Travel time + 3 HOURS of protest (education) time.
Cost: Minor cost for gas, signs most already had, ice for coolers.
Biggest cost for most of us there was trading an afternoon of sitting by a garden with a cool drink in hand for hanging out at the side of a highway holding a sign. Good for all of you who took the time to do this. We need each other to do these things and have them come off well.
Some who were standing out there with us, have given up a great deal more in health and home because of turbines invading both. Their sacrifice goes long and beyond another few hours of time and effort to help educate.
For minimal effort and time, our message had to have reached THOUSANDS. The line of cars passing by was pretty much nonstop for 3 hours. Some pulled over to learn more. The negative responses were very sparse. The horn honking and thumbs up were plentiful. Many holding signs were encouraged by the obvious and noisy support shown by so many. Personally, I was very encouraged by the numbers who read the signs, glanced at the turbines around us and then read more signs. 3 years ago, people would laugh at the notion that there might be a problem with the industrial wind turbine icon. Not now.
For some driving by, real people introduced another side to the real turbines in the background and, in doing so, were instrumental in combating corporate and governmental bafflegab.
We will do it again. There are 66 poles available on that stretch of road. Let’s fill it up the next time.