Earth Hour

Last Saturday night, millions of people turned off their lights and other eletrical items. Not sure exactly why, as I don’t think it really did any good. All it did was show that for one hour of the year (8784 hours this year), people were willing to turn off their lights. In the block around my house, as soon as 9 p.m. hit, everyone turned their lights back on.

It doesn’t seem as if anyone has decided to cut their energy consumption because of it. No one is making plans to sit in the dark this weekend. No one is talking about how they are turning off more lights. People are still living as they did the week before.

So what exactly did it prove? Not much apparently.

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6 responses to “Earth Hour

  1. Cheryl

    I completely agree. Most people turn off their lights for like six or seven hours every night anyway, not sure what one hour will do to change things.

  2. It’s so true. Slightly funny to see people with laptops still going, which is basically just energy pumped into their computers earlier.
    Spreading awareness is obviously a really good idea, but I think tons of people are patting themselves on the back for their heroic hour.

    That being said, there probably ARE people who really might have experienced a wake-up call due to the big event, who really will make an effort in the long run. So, to THOSE people, good for them. I didn’t need a lights-out party to know that I need to conserve and just be careful in every aspect of the environment, not just turning off lights.

  3. Cathy

    I believe the point of Earth Hour should have been to prove to people that conserving engery can be done in a simple manner. Not sure how many people got the message or turned their lights off, but just doing that simple act for 1 hour, even if people cheated a little bit, shows that it can be done and it DOES make a difference. Maybe next time, if they are asked to do it again, they can handle 2 hours without lights…maybe a night without the computer….maybe a day without jacking up the A/C. Baby steps people, baby steps.

    ps. everyone turn off your darn computers when you leave the house and go to sleep!!! and don’t idle your car!

  4. Shawn

    Such a cynic, you are Tom.

    Besides, you’re already an environmentalist, aren’t you? I mean, you like, recycle all your plastic bottles, don’t have air conditioning, and don’t buy new stuff every day. Some of this environmental message has gotten to you. Or you’re cheap.

    Haven’t decided yet.

    Ok, over the top, it was mean, I’m sorry. But it was funny. Same arguments apply to me – and to answer your question, I’m just cheap.

  5. newfcollins

    I agree it’s important to do things for the environment. I just don’t see the point of doing it for one hour so people who normally don’t do anything think that they are.

    I strongly encourage people to recycle and what not. I’m just not a big fan of symbolic gestures that don’t do anything in the long run.

  6. Shawn

    But wasn’t recycling a symbolic gesture not so long ago?

    Gotta start somewhere…

    Oh, and, dude, baseball is no fun at all. Environmental speaking it’s like, a resource hog and goes against my environmental sensibilities. I mean, creating a field that only is good for one sport? Typical selfish capitalist thinking.

    And the lights that they require… How many soccer fields have lights in Ottawa? Three?

    BOO I say, BOO on baseball! America’s infactuation with baseball will spell the end of the earth.

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