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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

[24/3/2011] Please Participate, Don't "Celebrate" Earth Hour.


Yes, you heard that, again i am writing post whenever i can't agree more, naa i just spend a few minutes on this post. I have always wanted to say this. I can be very greenish. "In fact, true-blue greenies don’t even bother celebrating Earth Hour. For them, curbing electricity use is already an every day affair and they see no necessity to do something to mark the event." I guess i have been doing the Earth Everyday thing. Everytime i see Earth Hour, it just reminds me of helpless advertisement everywhere with all marketing brands doing their best to take it as an event. 

In the end of the event, people leave more carbon footprints by the amount of energy given out in all the preparations. And companies who are branding themselves as going green to be in the spotlights will go really wild, those are really true for it will know what to do. It's sad, to sometimes, know that people are actually against Earth Hour by all means, just because if you think it helps or not help, keep it to yourself. 

Just a switch for the hour, why so hard? 

Remembering during matrics where i run throughout the campus switching off all the main switch. That was wrong, but well, satisfied =) This time in USM? who knows? hehe.

Read this article, from TheStar =) 
Earth Hour started off with a noble aim. Just turn off lights for an hour one Saturday evening in March, to show your support to curb climate change. It was meant to remind people to rethink their energy usage.
But things soon got out of hand, especially here in Malaysia.
People organised various activities to mark the event. So we see concerts, events at malls, candlelight dinners and even candle-lighting events – activities which, instead of reducing our carbon footprint, inflates it.
When events are held, it involves transportation. People have to get to the venue. Even if they carpool, it would still involve driving, hence burning of more petrol and release of more carbon dioxide. And no matter how low-key the event (for instance, a dance in the dark), a certain amount of energy is still needed.
One of the most wasteful acts that one can do for Earth Hour is lighting candles – especially when done in masses. You would be burning candles unnecessarily, and emitting more carbon dioxide and air pollutants such as soot.
Last year, some people marked Earth Hour by going out for a family dinner. It is ironical – and totally against the Earth Hour spirit – to see diners wolfing down slabs of steak and basically, over-eating.
People do not realise that farming and livestock rearing are big greenhouse gas emitters.
In fact, true-blue greenies don’t even bother celebrating Earth Hour. For them, curbing electricity use is already an every day affair and they see no necessity to do something to mark the event.
They view the powering down for an hour as mere green tokenism – it is a convenient act which is quickly forgotten when people return to their normal, energy-intensive lifestyle.
Faced with such censure, the organisers of Earth Hour have, this year, wisely urged people “to go beyond the hour” by pledging to do a kind act for the planet.
It is time to revert to the original intention of Earth Hour. The collective turning off of lights is a symbolic act to remind us that we must do more. Otherwise, we’d be frying our planet.
So, if you must mark Earth Hour, do it simply, for instance, by staying in. Turn off unnecessary lights. Cook a light vegetarian dinner (of locally grown greens, of course) and hold a family discussion on what you all intend to do for the rest of the year to save electricity.
To support Earth Hour, you certainly need not do anything elaborate.
Whatever you do, don’t go somewhere just to celebrate.
The other thing to remember is that no electricity is actually “saved” with the one-hour blackout.
The power would have already been generated by power plants. So, the best way to mark Earth Hour is to do it every hour, every day.

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