Green energy solutions are often lauded as an ideal solution for rising needs and population. The innovations and alternative methods made prevalent in recent years are a huge step towards a responsible and efficient future but often, flaws and shortcomings are overlooked to maintain an illusion of perfection within the green energy industry. One particularly unfortunate side effect of utilizing wind energy via windmills is that birds have a tendency to be struck by them. While this may seem silly or unimportant, the ethical ramifications of harming animals for cheaper electricity are astounding. Furthermore, introducing new variables into an ecosystem can hinder and damage the delicate balance of nature.
Birds fly out of habit, expecting the skies to be clear of commotion, and sometimes follow migratory patterns. Unsuspecting of hulking machinery on their horizon, any sized bird has the potential to accidentally fly in the way of a spinning windmill arm and, being a fairly delicate creature, these injuries are usually fatal. As great as wind-sourced energy is, it may not be worth fields of dead birds and there is very little that can be done to keep birds away from the windmills.
Disrupting any migratory route can irreparably damage huge portions of an avian population and, because of the rising trend towards wind energy, more wind farms means more land area posing a potential threat to any passing species of bird. Just like overfishing severely impacted the ocean ecosystems beyond anything humans foresaw, allowing windmills and turbines to sprout up haphazardly across the nation and globe will surely be accompanied by a notorious rise in bird fatalities and endangered species, probably inducing further negative ramifications as well.
In the grand scheme of things, having a large impact on avian populations across the country and world may begin to influence insect populations who will begin lack predators as well as the populations of larger animals who will begin to lack a vital source of prey. Without birds to bring certain important components to many large ecosystems, entire habitat conditions and climates could begin to transform into entirely different environments. Losing the current balance would lead to an inevitable digression from natural causes.
Because of these uncontrollable variables, the advancement and deployment of wind farms must be kept to an established minimum so as to protect bird species. Some precautions can be taken to ensure windmill-related bird fatalities remain as low as possible such as only constructing wind farms in locales away from major migratory routes but for skyrocketing energy needs, other avenues, such as hydrogen and solar power, must be fully explored and innovated to remove the pressure from the current industry leader, wind.
If wind farms continue to rise in such surprising quantity, it can be guaranteed that bird species internationally will be affected negatively. Despite the apparent reliance of the average consumer on steadily rising electrical resources, no futuristic society can be allowed to sustain itself on the senseless injury and murder of any species of animal. There are always alternatives.