by Robert Wilkinson
As you read these words, major cities in Asia have already dimmed their lights or turned them off to mark "Earth Hour," a global event demonstrating that by turning off the lights, we can prevent thousands of tons of carbon emissions from entering the atmosphere. To find out more, please read on.
Whenever it's 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm where you are, if your power comes from a grid, please dim all unnecessary lights and turn off any unnecessary devices that pull electric power. Sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund, this global event involves 4000 urban areas across 88 countries. It rolls from time zone to time zone, which would make for a fairly dramatic movie if it were shot from an orbital satellite.
Quoting the Director of Earth Hour, via the AP news story, "Earth Hour has always been a positive campaign; it's always around street parties, not street protests, it's the idea of hope not despair. And I think that's something that's been incredibly important this year because there is so much despair around," he said. "On the other side of it, there's savings in cutting your power usage and being more sustainable and more efficient."
Among the events celebrating this time, we find candlelit speed-dating events to outdoor concerts, hot air balloon festivals to switched off appliances and computers, as the lights dim all across Asia. Even China is participating, though (of course) in their usual heavy handed style they've blocked the WWF Earth Hour website in several large cities in their ongoing fit of pique against His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
For more, please go to http://www.earthhour.org/
Copyright © 2009 Robert Wilkinson