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Earth Hour 2010 - is it worth participating or not?

post #1 of 7
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Earth Hour 2010 is coming up on Saturday March 27th at 8:30 pm. Earth Hour is celebrated annually with everyone who participates turning off their lights for 1 hour. In 2009, the Earth Hour website notes that hundreds of millions of people around the world participated and did indeed turn their lights off for one hour.

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If you're not aware of how and why the Earth Hour event happens here's a quick summery from the Earth Hour website...
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Earth Hour is organized by WWF. With almost 5 million supporters and a global network in over 100 countries, it’s one of the world's largest and most respected independent conservation organizations. Earth Hour is a global call to action to every individual, every business and every community throughout the world. It is a call to stand up, to take responsibility, to get involved and lead the way towards a sustainable future. People across the world from all walks of life will turn off their lights and join together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common - our planet.


Personally - I don't celebrate the event. Mainly for the same reasons why I'm not totally on board with Earth Day - it's the whole why celebrate an issue for an hour or day? Why not embrace an important issue for the whole year or a lifetime?

I have more issues with Earth Hour, but for now I'll turn it over to others...

What do you think? Is this an event worth participating in or no? Will you be turning out your lights for one hour on March 27th? If so why? If not why?
post #2 of 7
I think it's worth it.  It's obviously more symbolic than anything, but symbolic actions and events can serve a purpose.  At least it gets a little media attention, that so many people are at least semi-conscious of environmental issues.  Better than nothing.  I'll probably participate - easy enough, I usually have all the house lights off at night anyway.
post #3 of 7
Well.. i dont think so..because we people are so much dependent on electricity that without it, we can't even imagine of. All our works..whether its household or office .. all are electricity based..So i really think that swithching off the lights for some time will not solve the problem or help in reducing emissions.
Yes..if the discos, pubs, etc are closed before there time daily then it automaticaly will help to save energy to some extent.
"All is to limit our needs".
but we cant.....!!!!!
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Well, for those who did participate the turn out was pretty good. According to reports millions of people turned off their lights and appliances for an hour yesterday. 4,000 cities in more than 120 countries were part of the Earth Hour experience. Hopefully, some of those people will transfer the event into long-term changes. If so, that would be a major benefit of the event.
post #5 of 7
I think Earth Hour was worth it.

It did receive a lot of media coverage, and it did raise awareness.


Also, I think Earth Hour will help people make lifestyle changes. 

I was reading on this site that 2,794 Canadians have submitted online pledges to reduce their carbon footprint. Some pledges include recycling, switching off or unplugging electrical items when they’re not in use, washing clothes in cold water or using compact fluorescent light bulbs.
Edited by QTgogreen - 4/3/10 at 6:14pm
post #6 of 7
I participated. I liked it a few years back when I got together with my parents and brother and we did this, mostly because my nephew, who at the time was very afraid of the dark. At first he was not too happy about it, but then we got to talking and telling stories and by the end, he asked if we could do it again the next night. It was so cute.

This year was still a success I think. We don't have a TV provider since everything went digital, but lately we've gotten into the habit of streaming TV from the internet. It was nice to get out of that habit for a night and just talk to one another. I'm sure it is more of a symbol than anything else, but I enjoy it. Any excuse to break up the routine in life!
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Originally Posted by srj0385 View Post

I participated. I liked it a few years back when I got together with my parents and brother and we did this, mostly because my nephew, who at the time was very afraid of the dark. At first he was not too happy about it, but then we got to talking and telling stories and by the end, he asked if we could do it again the next night. It was so cute.
 

You know, that's one excellent reason to participate. I think kids who are nervous about the dark could benefit from the experience. Also, for kids, I think Earth Hour may be a little more useful than just for adults. In my experience, kids are more impressionable and take the things we do more to heart. I know that will very little effort my son is already more green than I was at his age (I didn't even think about this stuff back then). So that's one perk of this event - actually that's a perk I've heard often in favor of Earth Hour from parents.
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