Welcome to Nurses For Safe Renewable Power.
Why choose a nurse from the 19th century to talk about today’s environmental issues? Because Miss Nightingale was in fact one of the first environmental health theorists. She believed that a person’s environment is key to how healthy they are, and she identified clean air, clean water, and nourishing food as important factors.
She also said that a “quiet environment” was important to health, and how right she was.
In 2011, the World Health Organization produced a report on Environmental Noise, and detailed the “burden of disease” from environmental noise.
In Ontario today, we have a problem–a new problem–with environmental noise: that produced by industrial wind turbines. These huge machines–the newest ones proposed are as tall as 190 meters or 626 feet–are capable of producing up to 3 megawatts (MW) of electrical power. The by-products of that process are noise and a unique form of vibration, also low-frequency noise, or infrasound. Already, dozens of people are ill as an indirect result of being exposed to environmental noise from wind turbines
The people of Ontario are being told that we HAVE to have industrial-scale wind power: without it, our coal-fired plants will produce pollution that will make children ill.
As nurses, we know that a great deal of what is being told to the people of Ontario is not true. Worse, our own professional association, the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, appears to have been co-opted by a political agenda, and has closed its doors to learning further about this issue of environmental health.
We invite you to use this site to explore, and to learn more…to find out what the people who are promoting industrial-scale wind power generation might prefer you not know.
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