Earth Hour is an international event that asks households and businesses to turn off their lights and non-essential electrical appliances for one hour on the evening of 29 March at 8 pm local time until 9 pm to promote electricity conservation and thus lower carbon emissions.
I’ve written about this already, and I don’t think there’s much else to be said. If you’re participating in Earth Hour, that’s great, I’m glad you have an interest in making the world a better place to live.
But next time you feel the need to be green, pick an activity that will actually make a difference. Replace your lights with energy efficient ones. Turn the thermostat down in the winter. Buy a fuel efficient car, or better yet, switch to transit. Reduce, reuse, and recycle.
You don’t lose weight by going on a diet for an hour, so don’t be fooled into thinking you’ll make the Earth more green by turning the lights out for an hour.
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While I agree Earth Hour is mildly stupid, I think the point is to raise awareness of being environmentally friendly, not to make a true difference.
Hear hear! I was never a fan of “raising awareness”. I’d rather see people actually DO something relevant.
Agreed Eric. There’s enough awareness going on for environment-related issues. Certainly more than is being given to other important causes.
If all developed countries, and all individuals actually took part in it – it would make a difference. To deny that it would make a difference if the above conditions are satisfied seems a bit ignorant? No?