In 2013, ARC collaborated with the Clean Foundation to create the opportunity for 14 people to come together and have a restorative conversation on wind energy in Nova Scotia. Circle participants included: Community members who have opposed wind harvesting in their communities or have experienced health impacts related to wind turbines near their homes, a municipal representative from Kings County, the Executive Director of the Department of Energy and the Coordinator of the Community Feed in Tariff Program (COMFIT), leaders of private businesses developing wind projects in the province, and representatives from Nova Scotia Power, the Ecology Action Centre, and “If You Build It”, a grassroots organization to provoke the hands-on development of renewable energy sources in communities.
The intent of the film “Whirlwind” was not to resolve the issues surrounding wind energy in Nova Scotia but to foster a better dialogue among communities. As one participant expressed, “I see this approach as a starting point… a method to begin a healthy and safe dialogue that is part of a strategy towards resolutions.” For some participants new questions have emerged for them that the circle was unable to answer and others left knowing that more dialogue is needed.
The Clean Nova Scotia Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit charity that provides education-based programs and services to help foster positive environmental change. Clean offers a host of programs, services, and resources, focused in the areas of water stewardship, energy efficiency, waste reduction, climate change, and sustainable transportation. Founded in 1988, the Clean Nova Scotia Foundation is proud to provide leadership and knowledge in environmental practices and sustainability development.