1,477 HAVE SIGNED!

For every 1,000 signatures, NationofChange will send a letter to the American Wind Energy Association, asking them to adopt new voluntary guidelines to help prevent bat deaths from wind turbines.

Update 3/16/17: We have sent the first letter to the American Wind Energy Association with 1,000+ of your signatures. We will continue to send letters every 1,000 signatures. Thank you!

In the last ten years there has been a major epidemic of bats disappearing due to fatal white-nose syndrome and wind turbine fatalities.

Scientists believe that bats are having a hard time confusing wind turbines with trees. Last year the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) announced “voluntary guidelines to halt turbines at low wind speeds, when bats are most active, which would save lives.” These new changes were expected to help reduce fatalities by 30 percent.

However, there could be more done. If the industry can hold the blades in check just a little longer bat fatalities could be reduced by 90 percent. To do this there only need to be two minor changes: feathering, or “turning the blades parallel to the wind so the turbines do not rotate,” and implementing higher cut-in speeds, ideally between 5 and to 6.5 meters per second.

Please sign the petition to tell the AWEA to make these changes so that we can save 90 percent of the bats rather than just 30 percent.




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RECENT SIGNATURES

Joseph

signed 4 days ago

I'm signing because the wind energy field should strive for the least possible harm to wildlife through reasonable precautions like these.

Steve

signed 6 days ago

Jordan

signed 7 days ago

Bats are incredible pollinators and are a vital part of the ecosystem!

Susan

signed 1 week ago

quinten

signed 1 week ago

We must always be vigilant that our actions do not cause undue suffering and deaths. This responsibility lies solely in our hands .