Friday, March 27, 2009

Gearing up for Earth Hour (8:30-9:30 PM local time)

Do you really want to harm Her?

Tomorrow night is Earth Hour, and this blog will be going dark--literally (I'll change the template to Minama Dark).

What bugs me is how many people (Republicans? Conservatives?) still--after all this time and with the evidence doing a striptease in front of them--believe that global warming is a hoax (and that scientists back that claim up). It's at times like these that I want to scream so loud that everyone in the world can hear me: global warming is REAL and we need to really step up to the challenge. To those who say that turning off the lights for an hour couldn't possibly help, I say otherwise: I read in WWF-Canada's enewsletter last year that during Earth Hour 2008 Canada's power bill nation-wide was, in fact, reduced by a significant amount (I can't remember the exact figure, but it was a lot).

Also, if enough people participate it sends a very strong message to the government. With the climate conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, this December that message is extremely important (as Greenpeace keeps mentioning).

Our mother--our home--needs all the help She can get. Let's help to bring down Her fever.

To those who say otherwise: SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!

1 comment:

  1. Hey Annapurna,

    I saw your post on the Earth Hour site and thought I'd share a few thoughts..

    I see'Earth Hour' as a symbolic reminder that we are waking up. It's an opportunity for the culture as a whole to reflect on how we live and consider what we can and must do to change our ways (beyond turning out the lights for an hour) as we move forward.

    The fossil record is clear: Earth has seen many different life forms come and go over the ages. Humans have only been here a very short while and there is no guarantee of our long term success. The onus is on us to live in harmony with the natural world, or suffer the consequences; some of which we are already experiencing and are now having to address..

    May we all learn from our mistakes and embrace the principle of living responsibly.

    Cheers, Ian