‘A different world cannot be built by indifferent people’ ~ Peter Marshall.
A post dedicated to Earth Day:
Did you turn your light off for Earth Hour? Guilty as charged, I didn’t. It slipped my mind. Even at 3am there are blocks of corporate buildings and offices ablaze with light on a nightly basis. In some areas the light pollution can be so bad that it’s impossible to see the twinkling stars nestled in the velvety night’s sky. Light might make the city sparkle but it sure isn’t abiding by any of this energy saving talk we’re hit with telling us we need to be ‘greener’. I still think Earth Hour is badly publicised, I don’t think it takes presence in people’s memories. Earth Hour and Earth Day don’t even coincide on the same day, wouldn’t it be more effective to combine the two?
If this is really going to be a global phenomenon it needs to be mentioned outside the environment & science sections of your newspapers. Away from Discovery channel reminders and into the conscious of the wider public. But then comes the question, what does it matter anyway? It’s an hour. An hour won’t cut carbon emissions. Some even argue that the start-up power to restore all the energy-draining devices and lighting after Earth Hour is greater than the energy saved during the light off hour. Especially fluorescent lights that are most energy effective when hot and running. I think the main aim is to drum up an obvious connection between energy use, the environment and climate change. Hoping for a small, temporary change to morph into a long-standing care and consideration for the planet. Remind us we are responsible for our environmental footprint. Illuminating the problem by a green gesture.
Across the world switches were flicked. Plunging famous architectural landmarks and city centre megastructures into darkness. Boston Globe (2009/2010) covered the Earth Hour action, it’s worth visiting just to see the stark contrasts and how mysterious the black-out areas are, almost unrecognisable in some cases.
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