Alternative energy is definitely the wave of the future, and to a great extent, a re-engineering of past technologies. Although I firmly believe in wind power, I am quite aware of the impact wind farms have on birds, views, marine life and abutters. After following Cape Wind’s fight for a wind farm in Nantucket Sound, I realize this is a complex, controversial and emotional subject. Yet, on a recent trip to Scotland, I was struck by the number of windmills popping up across the country and found myself calmed by their gentle whirring. Given the option of looking at a power plant, I’ll take a windmill. The cows and sheep certainly don’t seem to mind.
One of these days I will execute my plan to live off the grid in a truly sustainable, environmentally sensitive home. I try to do my part in small ways, but know that there is so much more that I can do to lessen my footprint and reduce my consumption. Scotland has the right idea.