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Will You Turn Off the Lights For Earth Hour?

Each year the World Wildlife Fund urges the world to turn off the lights for one hour. During Earth Hour, 2,712 cities from 83 countries turn off the lights with the hope of saving energy and promoting climate change awareness. This year, the blackout will happen Saturday, March 28, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The goal this year is to have 1 billion people turn off the lights. In my neck of the woods, the San Francisco local government is teaming up with building managers, hotels, restaurants, and others in the community to make a big darkness impact.

Will you switch to candlelight during Earth Hour?

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stephley stephley 8 years
That's cool. It's not as good as having readings from electric companies, or video of lights going out on the Sydney Opera house, the Eiffel Tower or across L.A., but I'm sure you could get some attention.
Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
Ok, I am going to make Irish Whiskey the national drink in the U.S. I have friends in a good dozen states. I am going to set July 4th, where all those who drink drink Irish whiskey. My goal is to get at least one person in each of those states to do as i ask. I think I will be able to make a stunning announcement on July 5th, how more and more people are seeing the efficacy of of drinking "Irish"
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I still dont see how one can say it was a success? because a city council member said that thier city would participate? and that equals how many people? This is like hands across america for real.
stephley stephley 8 years
Like I said in another thread, the people who sponsored Earth Hour and set the goal, determine whether it was met or not - THEY, and the top UN climate change guy, feel it was a huge success. 400 cities last year, nearly 4,000 cities this year.
Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
Steph, it was a global vote, the man made climate alarmists, lost in a landslide.
stephley stephley 8 years
From the Earth Hour website: "In 2009, Earth Hour is being taken to the next level, with the goal of 1 billion people SWITCHING OFF THEIR LIGHTS lights as part of a global vote."
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
The point of this was to eliminate your impact on global "climate change" (:oy:) for an hour. By doing what one would normally do, you're literally doing nothing to even decrease your impact on global "climate change". (:oy:) Restaurants use energy for each and every patron above the baseline amount of energy used to keep the restaurant open, plus the lights on in the restaurant, the heater in the restaurant, etc are all due to patrons being present. Being out at a restaurant doesn't mean you're using less electricity, it just means you're using electricity in a different building. And grandpa, I'm surprised and disappointed. :( ;)
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
As expected I forgot.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I wont participate, didnt participate, and neither did any of my family or neighbors. I didnt because its too gimmicky and hypocritical.
stephley stephley 8 years
Unless you made the restaurant open just for you and left your lights on at home, why wouldn't you be participating? If a bunch of people eat by candlelight at a restaurant, that's a bunch of people who don't have their homes lit up and their ovens & microwaves on.
Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
Dang it chat, now I can't say I participated. ;-)
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
Umm, I don't think it counts as "participating" if you weren't in the house and were out, and especially if you were using electricity at a restaurant or using the city's street lights. If you're using power like you would any other day, it didn't count. ;)
stephley stephley 8 years
We participated, but I was trying to sleep off a migraine so I needed it dark anyway. :(
muchacha muchacha 8 years
*across the earth
muchacha muchacha 8 years
I participated; the weather is finally getting nicer here in Montreal, so my boyfriend and I went for a long walk in his neighborhood. I think Earth Hour is a great event, I would recommend they bump it up to 2x a year across the year, and that cities implement it 1x a month. Every bit counts.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I fell asleep :-( I wanted to get some pictures of the strip with the lights out/dimmed. I hope we participate again next year and I'll stay awake lol
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
lickety, that cracks me up! I heard people saying the same thing, but I hoped they were joking. My lights weren't on until about 9:15 (I was out of the house, using my sister's electricity instead!) but seriously, turning your lights off for an hour will do what, exactly? If I were to turn off all the lights that are on in my house right now, it'd be one 40 watt bulb. :cheer: Look at me, saving the earth! :oy:
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
no. and i'm bothered by the suggestion that this is "doing something". big deal, an hour? make a personal pledge to cut your usage by 10% from now on, that's doing something. i had a friend tell me they were going out to dinner to save energy during this lights out time. because the restaurant uses no electricity, right? and you use no gas to get there, right? please, order bottled water while you dine and get a styrofoam container for your leftovers.
em1282 em1282 8 years
Petty much? :rotfl:
stephley stephley 8 years
And it's important to not say that we conserved energy why? Who is your message intended for Dave?
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Nope. I'll be watching TV, working on the computer, and probably have the radio on, just to keep the "overall usage" at a normal level. That way no one can say next year that "on this day, we used half as much electricity as we do today."
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
I think its an awesome idea. Even if it isnt really helping that much I think its wonderful when people come together like this. I hope to remember and have patience! :)
qtpie qtpie 8 years
yup, just did it an hour ago
em1282 em1282 8 years
I doubt it will encourage crime. Sex, maybe. Depending on your circumstances at the time.
beavis667 beavis667 8 years
I don't think Earth Hour is all too bad a deal. In Minnesota (the land of Paul Bunyan), there are numerous parades and festivals celebrating the myth of the big lumberjack. It's not so wrong if folks want to celebrate the fairy tale that is global warming by switching off lights and whatnot.
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