Earth hour

March 31, 2007 at 5:05 pm 4 comments

Earth Hour - Saturday 31 March 2007, 7:30pm-8:30pm

At 7:30 pm on March 31st, companies and individuals in Sydney will turn off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour – to show that it’s possible to take action on global warming. This simple action will send a powerful message that people care about the future of the planet. Earth Hour is the launch of a yearlong campaign to reduce Sydney’s greenhouse gas emissions by 5%.

Although this year’s Earth Hour will only happen in Sydney, it will hopefully grow into a global campaign. If you live outside of Sydney, you can show your support by turning off your lights at 7:30 pm local time. Use this opportunity to head outside, spend time talking with family and friends, have a candlelight dinner, or some other non-electric activity.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Nicola  |  April 1, 2007 at 5:40 pm

    Now if we could all do that for an hour a day ……?

  • 2. Suresh Gundappa  |  April 2, 2007 at 5:52 am

    I saw those photos in paper recently I believe Coke sign was switched off for the first time since 1974. Incredible!

  • 3. Penseroso  |  April 2, 2007 at 10:06 pm

    That sounds like a nice gesture, and a commendable sign of environmental awareness. But, speaking for myself, environmental awareness is a double-edged sword. Sure, doing without electricity and the ancillary network of fossil fuels will help the environment, but I am far from certain that I could happily live without electric power. I like my computer. I like my music on the stereo (and I like powering up my iPod). I like my hot coffee. I like my microwave. I could go on, but I think you get the drift.

    I’m not trying to be flippant. I’m just being realistic about what I’d sorely miss if all of a sudden we were forced to live a more environmentally constricted existence.

    This leads me to my next point, and that is that yes, we will have to be forced into it. Humanity is good in a crisis, but not so good at planning for one. We adapt by being forced into adapting; we don’t do it willingly. Necessity is the mother of invention, is it not?

    I think that we will as a race survive the current environmental crisis, but it’s going to involve some pain. I think that pain will be immense, widespread, and terribly inconvenient.

  • 4. icedmocha  |  April 4, 2007 at 10:03 am

    “We adapt by being forced into adapting; we don’t do it willingly.”
    Isn’t that the truth? It’s a sad fact, something a little darker and more negative than the tendency to procrastinate.

    The good news is, events like this raise awareness. Here’s what the Earth Hour site had to say about the event:

    More than 2 million Sydney residents joined Earth Hour on Saturday March 31 between 7.30 and 8.30 by flicking the switch, turning appliances off stand-by and enjoying an hour of quiet darkness, according to poll results…resulting in an impressive 10.2% drop in energy usage across the usually glittering CBD, according to Energy Australia.

    This is double the anticipated energy saving and represents a reduction of 24.86 tonnes of carbon dioxide – the equivalent of taking 48,613 cars off the road for an hour.

    “People really got behind the cause and showed they care about global warming. We originally thought 5% would be a good result but this is more than double that – an exceptional result.”

    source: Earth Hour


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