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Practice For Earth Hour

At 8:30 PM this coming Saturday, people around the world will be turning off all the electrical lights in their homes. Actually, this will be taking place at 8:30 PM local time, so the darkness will move around the globe in 24 hour-long shifts.

The hour is a simple activist event known as Earth Hour. Its organizers describe the choice of turning off one’s lights for that hour as “a vote for Earth”. Leaving your lights on? That’s a “vote for global warming”.

Of course, it’s not that simple. There are many more electrical appliances in our homes than just our lights, and the choices we make day in and day out matter more than what we choose to do for one hour once a year.

Besides that, not everyone even knows about Earth Hour. It’s not fair to categorize their inaction as vote for global warming. My village isn’t listed among those municipalities taking part in the activist event. Neither is the nearest city. For people around where I live, this coming Saturday will be just another Saturday.

Still, I do care about the idea underlying the Earth Hour event. So, what can I do? I can practice, warm up for Earth Hour. Every day this week, at 8:30 PM I can turn off my electrical lights, and some of my electrical appliances too. The purpose of the exercise is worthwhile: To reset my expectations from electrical consumption as the default for my life, so I can learn to dial down my electrical demand to a level that does not contribute to the expansion of a power grid fed by polluting fossil fuel technologies.

3 comments to Practice For Earth Hour

  • Tom

    Meanwhile, China opens yet another coal-fired power plant.

  • Ted

    Thanks for the heads up…so now I can turn on every light in the house, my exetior flood lamps and build a huge bonFire in the back yard to promote the sheer nonsense of feel good protests. Stop the imaging and really DO something about it. This is the most ignorant image over substance stunt I have ever seen. I feel I’m banging my head against the wall with this. I bust my but working the inside of this issue. we just go out “let’s show them! We just turn our lights off for an hour!” And then what? Fire everything back up at 9:30? So we can be laughed at by the electric companies for being fools?

    • Jim

      So you want to start addressing the energy scarcity problem by USING more energy for the heck of it, in protest of a small demonstration of effort to use less energy. Does that about sum it up, Ted?

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