Protect the Bats from Lethal Wind Turbines


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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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  • Thank you for this well-written petition! It is articulate, concise and – equally important – offers a simple solution to avoid the substantial loss of an extremely beneficial species.

    Moreover, I not only appreciate how your organisation regularly sends the petition letter to the target recipient, but also, how you keep signatories updated of said submissions.

    Once again, I’m truly grateful for the opportunity to participate in your campaign, and hope it succeeds.
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  • We must preserve our wildlife so please sign this and pass it on to all your friends!
  • Patrice Sena
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  • Bats are another critical “pollinator” that WE NEED!
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  • Lauren Niedel
  • When man’s actions prove detrimental to the natural world and its creatures, mankind must take REMEDIAL ACTION to make amends. In this case, “wind farms” are destroying migrating birds and bats. REMEDIATION NEEDS TO BE MADE.


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