• On June 15, 2009, the world first celebrated Global Wind Day. Global Wind Day recognizes the clean, renewable energy provided by wind
     
    More than 75 countries have wind farms or energy-generating wind turbines. Wind farms provide energy in both developed countries and the developing world. In Romania, for instance, an isolated monastery is entirely powered by wind turbines. In fact, the turbines provide enough electricity to renovate the monastery with power tools!
     
    In Mali, the development of wind turbines had an unexpected benefit: “Two men participating in the workshop were from different tribes that for the last 20 years hadn’t spoken. During the workshop the two men became great friends and now the tribes are talking to each other again.”
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    celebrate Verb

    to observe or mark an important event with public and private ceremonies or festivities.

    developing world Noun

    nations with low per-capita income, little infrastructure, and a small middle class.

    electricity Noun

    set of physical phenomena associated with the presence and flow of electric charge.

    isolate Verb

    to set one thing or organism apart from others.

    monastery Noun

    place of residence and worship for a community of religious followers, usually called monks.

    power Noun

    ability to do work.

    recognize Verb

    to identify or acknowledge.

    renewable energy Noun

    energy obtained from sources that are virtually inexhaustible and replenish naturally over small time scales relative to the human life span.

    renovate Verb

    to restore or make better.

    tribe Noun

    community made of one or several family groups sharing a common culture.

    wind Noun

    movement of air (from a high pressure zone to a low pressure zone) caused by the uneven heating of the Earth by the sun.

    wind energy Noun

    kinetic energy produced by the movement of air, able to be converted to mechanical power.

    wind farm Noun

    area with a large group of wind turbines, used to generate electric power.

    wind turbine Noun

    machine that produces power using the motion of wind to turn blades.