Earth Hour – a thumbs up or middle finger to climate change?
Earth Hour kicked off today in attempt to save the world by turning off lights, and other non-essential items, for 60 minutes.
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has called for prompt action on alledged climate change, and said this is a very symbolic way of showing the world leaders that their citizens want change. The event has been described as a “global election”, with lights off being a vote for action against climate change, and lights on indicating that a person is voting for climate change.
From 8.30-9.30 pm, the lights of public buildings from Christchurch’s Cathedral to Paris’ Eiffel Tower to the United Nations, including its headquarters located in New York, US – a move which will save the New York offices $102 – will be turned off.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the demonstration will be the largest show of public concern regarding climate change.
“People will be telling their representatives to seal a deal in Copenhagen, a deal at the climate change talks that will protect people and the planet.”
However, critics such as Freedom Alliance president Thomas Kilgannon are lampooning the UN involvement saying it’s self-serving gimmick, trying to run up support for the Copenhagen deal which they are spear-heading.
Kilgannon said, “It’s like a lot of what the U.N. does — it’s a gimmick, it’s empty, it’s shallow and it’s not going to lead to anything.
“The bigger problem is that they’re doing this leading up to the conference in December. They’re trying to consolidate their authority to push their agenda.”
2900 cities are said to be taking part, according to the WWF. Celebrities are also claimed to be taking part, including actors Kevin Bacon, Cate Blanchett and Edward Norton.
One billion people are hoped to take part in this year’s black out, a big jump in the 50 million that took part last year, and the Australia-limited event in 2007, where the mass phenomenon started.
Many residents in Christchurch, New Zealand have called on Earth Hour to be more than once year. Heck, why not do it every day. In fact, in our household we turn the lights off from the latest midnight to the earliest 7am. We just save seven hours of power, beat that environmentalists who only like to turn their lights off for an hour every year.
The Earth Hour website asks us to spend the hour making a video, taking and uploading photos, live-blogging, or tweeting away on Twitter. But, they must forget, all those activities use power. Power equals carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide equals death to them. They sure are missing the point.