Saturday, March 26, 2011

Earth Hour tonight!

Looks like we will be staying home tonight after all so at 8:30 p.m. we will turn off all the lights and light some candles.  It's been a long and busy week with very little time for David and I to really connect.  I'm looking forward to this time together.  Perhaps we'll open a bottle of wine, too.

It amuses me to no end when I hear the anti-environment crowd claim that Earth Hour "demonizes electricity".   Or spout nonsense like this:

"Earth Hour celebrates ignorance, poverty and backwardness. By repudiating the greatest engine of liberation it becomes an hour devoted to anti-humanism. It encourages the sanctimonious gesture of turning off trivial appliances for a trivial amount of time, in deference to some ill-defined abstraction called “the Earth,” all the while hypocritically retaining the real benefits of continuous, reliable electricity."

Um, I think some people are missing the point.  No one is celebrating "ignorance, poverty and backwardness".  Earth Hour serves to raise awareness about the consequences of climate change and to encourage people to support initiatives which can help ameliorate its effects.  They aren't suggesting that merely turning off one's electricity for an hour is going to have any significant impact on the environment.  It's merely a means of encouraging people to consider their personal responsibility.  The Earth Hour site says:

 "This Earth Hour we want you to go beyond the hour, so after the lights go back on think about what else you can do to make a difference. Together our actions add up."

That is true.  If everyone on the planet made even a few small changes, imagine what an impact that would have.  You don't have to disconnect from the grid; merely being careful to turn off the light when you leave a room, unplugging energy-sucking appliances between uses, and other simple actions done consistently will make a difference.  And even if you don't care about the environment (in which case, why are you reading this blog?), changes like these will save you money.  It's a win-win situation.  Or as Charlie Sheen would say, "Winning!".

So I encourage all my readers to not only participate in Earth Hour but to seriously consider other eco-friendly acts.  You don't have to make a lot of huge changes all at once.  Pick one or two things and practice them consistently until they become a habit.  Then work on a couple more.  In no time at all you will find yourself living "clean and green".  Your pocketbook will love you and so will our planet.  And if you still need encouragement to participate in Earth Hour tonight, perhaps this will help.


Book Worm said...

Turning off the lights can be enjoyable too. I love baths by candlelight.


Deanna said...

Ooh, I haven't done that in a long time. Maybe tonight...