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Earth Hour

Citizen PSA: Are You Turning Your Lights Out For Earth Hour?

Tonight from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. local time, major cities around the world are celebrating Earth Hour. Flipping lights off for 60 minutes in a sort of ecological version of the 1980s Hands Across America, organizers hope to unite the world in awareness of the threat of climate change.

Cities like Sydney, Melbourne, and Bangkok (where this picture was snapped) have already fallen dark, and the US is gearing up to join in. A sense of community and ecological awareness is at the heart of the event, though critics are calling the event a gimmick that will have little overall impact.

With energy consumption high on the list of environmental impacts, and states like Maryland possibly facing rolling blackouts as early as 2011, is this event just what the world needs to make the "a-ha!" light bulb go on?

Will you be flipping the switch tonight?


milosmommy milosmommy 9 years
I didn't. We had company over and wasn't about to make people we hardly get to see sit in the dark. Plus we have a baby and home and we go on his schedule not the other way around. It was his time to eat and play before going to bed. So nope the lights stayed on. I'm all for helping the planet. Just not for bossy people telling me I have to.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I didnt, someone said it in the midst of all of us watching TV and i said "Screw it"
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
I did. I went out for a walk around San Francisco and everyone else had their freakin' lights on! City Hall was pitch black though, perhaps it should stay that way.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Although the medium here is electricity the purpose is to enlighten society in resource conservation issues across the board. I think the idea is genius not only because of the obvious energy reserved and creating opportunities to educate and discuss energy conservation. But also if we open the back door of this issue we will find a gift sitting at our door step, which is another opportunity to turn off the TV’s, radios, computers and telephones and talk to each other, re-connect and in the end feel like something special has just happened. For those of you who feel that (alarmists) are simply too alarmed over the issue. Do not be swayed into indifference & complacency by some people’s poor judgment to exaggerate facts to prove a point. There is every need for all of us to act diligently in taking very simple measures to ensure a sustainable future. Which ever semantics you choose to prescribe to the end result must be conservation. In my opinion anyone who suggests that the planet is not in some type of peril is foolish and needs to open their eyes. Now I will agree that the peril may or may not be in the context of current global warming theories. However, you simply can not ignore catastrophic loss in bee, amphibian and coral populations. Decades of water resource legal wars between California Nevada and Arizona. Extinction rates. Rolling black outs. Farmers being affected by annual desert growth, Annual depletion of rain forests which house half of the world’s species and are major contributors to precipitation – oxygen production – and pharmaceuticals. Catastrophic health effects of environmental pollution. The annual losses of land on the Louisiana coast do to water restriction on the Mississippi river. Wars motivated by the need to insure accessibility to natural resources. I can go on for pages but I hope my point is made. I feel that civilization needs to get out of the recurring habit of waiting till the flesh begins to blister to discuss options to remove the hand from the flame and only when some flesh has been destroyed agree on a direction to move the hand away from the fire. We all know that conservation is beneficial to all involved. That finding cleaner renewable and sustainable ways of providing energy is no longer just an alternative but an imperative need. Our biggest challenge now is not to get stuck in a quagmire of theory’s but act upon the blue print of logic and facts that have been laid out for us thus far.
CurvatudeBlog CurvatudeBlog 9 years
we did it last night and had fun...a great dinner, games, music.. it was obviously a symbolic occasion to get people talking and even possibly thinking..
JovianSkies JovianSkies 9 years
Didn't do this...I knew about it, but I was watching something, had company at my house, and needed to clean. It wasn't happening. Besides, I have two issues with this in general. 1) It's a fabulous idea, but I'm not sold on global warming 2) This will sound very paranoid, but if cities are turning off lights, such as streetlights or buildings at a time, I worry about crime.
BeamerCG BeamerCG 9 years
Wow, I didn't hear about this until too late. While I'm a big proponent of cleaner air (I hate smog), I agree with Cabaker. Why? Well, the facts that the Cretaceous period's climate was an average of 10C higher than today, plants and trees once grew as far north as 82 deg lat, and that glaciers once reached far into North America tells me that climate change is nothing new. Actually, differences in the earth's rotation/orbit and the sun's energy output have a much larger impact on the earth's climate than we do, so it's pretty hard for me to buy that we're causing global warming. Should we find cleaner energy? Yes (remember my smog comment). Problem is that pro global warming scientists get more media attention than the "skeptics" so it's hard for the public to get the full story to make their own decisions.
jjlyn jjlyn 9 years
eloquently put
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
I don't think anyone here is advocating trashing the Earth, the only thing we disagree on is to what extent humans are responsible for climate change. It's pretty judgemental to think that just because someone doesn't believe that humans are 100% responsible for climate change and that the world will end tomorrow if we throw out a soda can, then they must not recycle or conserve whatsoever. JJ I've had many of the same sort of experiences you are talking about. I think environmentalists would get a lot more people to help out if they weren't so smug about it and didn't automatically brand people "ignorant" or call them names if they disagreed with them - esp. since, again, we're only disagreeing about the extent to which humans are responsible.
stephley stephley 9 years
If you're waiting for more proof that global climate change is a crisis, that's fine, but even if it isn't, there are plenty of reasons to conserve energy. You'll clear the dirty dishes off the table before there's solid evidence it's about to collapse, right? Think of it as steady conservative practice to not let the mess become out of control.
jjlyn jjlyn 9 years
actually, meike, there is a legitimate reason to feel we are being branded 'skeptics'. every single time i voice my opinion about global warming (that there is little scientific evidence pointing toward anthropogenic global warming) -- in a humble way, i might add -- people start foaming at the mouth, calling me names, and don't give me a chance to explain the reasoning behind my opinion.
syako syako 9 years
Yeah guys, you have no idea who I am and what I personally do for the environment so stop calling me a greedy capitalist and what other silly names you can come up with. I've been "saving the planet" since I was 7 and started Kids of the Future Earth Club with the neighborhood gang... saving the planet has always been on my agenda... BUT I don't think that the global warming people have ENOUGH EVIDENCE to support what they're claiming. And many other learned intelligent scientists will agree with that! :rant:
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
meike and erin - don't get your organic hemp undies in a twist.. i was KIDDING. .... about leaving my lights on... not about the alarmist part
mizlynz mizlynz 9 years
I voted 'other' because it's easier to turn everything off at a different part of the day for me.
erin815 erin815 9 years
It makes me sad when I hear people like cabaker27 make comments like "i'll leave my lights on an extra hour just so your hour doesnt count." It shows that him and others dont even seem to be willing to make the effort to educate themselves so they are able to ponder the idea that this might be real. It is not logical that something like climate change would be made up. Cities across the world would not be participating in such an event if it were not already founded on proven facts. Perhaps it's not that the scientific data isnt there, maybe those who dont believe arent willing to admit it because (heaven forbid) you might have to give up some comforts or make extra effort to reduce your footprint on this earth. Just know, that when you do wakeup, please join the fight and stop making us makeup for the mess you leave behind.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I missed Earth Hour, all of my lights, my cpu & t.v. were on,lol. I should have read this post earlier!
Meike Meike 9 years
Actually, Syako, jilyn, and cabaker, your opinions belong to that of the global majority. There really is no need to feel as though you are branded skeptics because the uninformed masses do really think just like you. Those who dispute all relevant evidences pointing to correlations between wasteful energy consumption and climate change are either people spoiled by what they feel is comfortable or greedy capitalists milking the earth of its resources just to be rich today. It doesn't take a scientist to go over the world's history of energy consumption and know what the waste produced does to the air around us. More than half of U.S. electric is produced by coal-burning power plants. It should be an outdated practice but many U.S. companies are reluctant to make the switch to clean energy solutions because of the costs involved in effecting that change. With that said, everybody knows (okay, maybe not everybody) what high concentrations of carbon monoxide (CO) will do to a person in an enclosed space. While it is true that CO has always existed in our atmosphere from the beginning of time, the earth has always been able to easily oxidize it back into carbon dioxide (CO2). Only this time there is a significant excess of CO amassing in our atmosphere. The earth can't keep up. I'll let you guess what that is doing. Let's just say the results are most evident in cities clouded by smog. There are far fewer eco-conscious people per capita and consequently so, we are the minority. It actually surprises me this time that the comments of some others on this topic indicate otherwise. So, much kudos to my fellow tree-huggers. :p
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
I was going to consciously join in and have all lights off, but I completely forgot it was today. However, we were at the movies so all our lights were off today during 8-9... so we participated... just didn't realize it :)
Matdredalia Matdredalia 9 years
Syako, jilyn, and cabaker - I can understand your dislike of the alarmist view of global warming, and even your skepticism. In my opinion, however, conserving energy and making an effort for our planet is still a big deal, because regardless of whether or not we're about to face catastrophic environmental issues, we are harming the planet. However, as someone who lives in one of the areas decimated by February's tornado spree (the worst in something like 25 years), as well as some of the worst flooding in our area *ever*, who is married to a British man who's been keeping her updated on the fact that Britain is having whether the likes of which they haven't seen in recorded history (for example, tornadoes, and most recently, almost a hurricane), I am slightly inclined to believe that while we may not be looking at California snapping off of the US, the climate is being affected and we need to step up to bat. And to answer Citizen's original question: Yep, I participated in Earth Hour. Though I admit, my lights went out a couple of minutes late. So, I just went a bit over 9 o'clock to get the full hour :)
syako syako 9 years
nice new avatar cabaker. We were watching a movie, so lights were off BUT some electricity was still on. :oops: jjlyn and cabaker, I know! :oy:
heineken67 heineken67 9 years
Didn't even know about this until now... 10pm.
jjlyn jjlyn 9 years
woo hats off to cabaker!!! :) completely agree. quite often, anyone who fails to 100% agree with the alarmist view of global warming is branded a skeptic and is treated like an imbecile.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I had extra lights on to make up for the neighbors yards being dark. I don't live in a very safe neighborhood.
Sandra16 Sandra16 9 years
I didn't knew anything about it. :\
JimmyL JimmyL 9 years
Me and a group of friends are turning it all off... Not only that, but we're making a conscious effort to reduce our consumption every day as well - for that's what will truly make a difference. If you're a drudge fan:
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