‘meet the WIMBYs’

Although this story comes from the UK, it seemed relevant given the on-going debate we are having here in Victoria about wind farms.

I am a WIMBY. The fight for renewable energy begins here!

Whilst polls reveal overwhelming support for wind energy – 74% are in favour of increasing it – a staggering 75% of onshore applications are being turned down by planning committees.

WIMBY stands for Wind in My Back Yard. It was influenced by Facebook groups who are already campaigning for wind energy in the UK. For example, more than 37,000 people are already members of groups such as Put a Windfarm in My Backyard if You Like.

The WIMBY campaign will seek to empower people to make the case locally for windfarms in their areas, and to let politicians know that people who support renewable energy are tired of being pushed out of the debate by anti-wind groups.

This campaign is run by Embrace my Planet.

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