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http://www.earthhour.org/home/

People all over the world are turning off their power for one hour today.  There are pictures of some of the countries where the hour has already passed.  Check it out!

I'll be joining them, but I doubt if we'll see anything dramatic here.  I try to keep up with the news, but have seen no mention of this interesting observance. 

Will you be turning off the lights?

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i'll do it.  although i hardly use any lights at all, so it's not a big change for me ;)

I saw this on a commercial yesterday but it didn't give a lot of details. I just knew that it was happening today. I didn't know what time though (until now, thanks =)

I will be participating.

last year i turned everything off and went for a walk around the neighbourhood.  kind of interesting to see how many of the rednecks actually played along!!

Tea, Earl Grey, Hot

Hubby and I are going to tell each other dark tales while sipping cocktails by candlelight.

My six year old son and I will be playing board games by candlelight.  He's excited that he gets to stay up until 9:30 and that we're going to help the environment.

Sitting in the dark for no reason? hmmm nope, i think i will pass on that.

I know its for awareness..... but couldnt they come up with something that actually has SOME type of affect? Its like saying "lets have global hunger day by punching ourselves in the face!!! !!!" ....instead of "lets have global hunger day by donating 20 percent of all revenue made that day to global hunger efforts". The 2nd one would actually have some type of impact...the first one is just masochism in the guise of "doing something for the cause".

I agree with you, for the most part.

I couldn't believe it last year when I read that a fancy hotel in Toronto had filled its pool with a zillion floating candles for a special candle-light pool-side cocktail hour (or something like that).  What do you think has a greater impact on the earth -- manufacturing and shipping all those candles that would have not ordinarily been used, or minimally lighting a pool room that would most likely be closed otherwise?  And this hotel gets a huge spread in the Sunday paper and gets to feel all virtuous.  (I would not be surprised if all those candles ended up in a landfill the next week.)

But, hearing the reduction in energy use might help show people that their actions do make a difference, albeit a small one. 

Well, I'm sitting here typing in the dark. I like futile gestures!

What I would rather have seen as an effort to get everyone to replace all the incadesent light bulbs with LED replacements, and other things like that , saving the world for a longer time, not just an hour.

Original Post by lostincyberspace:

What I would rather have seen as an effort to get everyone to replace all the incadesent light bulbs with LED replacements, and other things like that , saving the world for a longer time, not just an hour.

 yeah... i agree  :D

an hour is better than nothin' i suppose....

every bulb in our house are energy saver bulbs  :D   (well... except for the one in the stove, and in my daughter's night light)

;)

Saving the world for a longer time is just too hard! 

I can think of a few more substantial events, but they never get the star treatment like Earth Hour.  There is International Buy Nothing Day (late november), and Canadian Car Free Day (late sept, I think).  I don't think the former will be too heavily pushed this year, given the current economic environment.

 I kind of think Earth Hour is so successful because people are trying to recapture that fuzzy, community feeling that a lot of neighborhoods experienced during the blackout in August a few years ago (Eastern Canada and US).

OMG! I totally forgot about this!! :(

 

 

 

 

I forgot too.  I had every intention of doing it. I had visions of reading or playing a card game with my son by candlelight or just star gazing but phooey!  I helped my brother move all day (9 hrs) and when I got home I was sore and tired and I grabbed dinner and plopped on the couch and totally forgot! darn it!

We're doing it.  I'll get the home stuff done early and then we'll shut everything off and take the dogs for a walk.

I turned off my lights

Yeah, I went out of my way to turn on our porch light that's usually off unless we're expecting guests at night.  Laughing

Philosophically, Earth hour "symbolizes the renunciation of industrial civilization."  

http://www.capmag.com/article.asp?ID=5475

"It is true that the importance of Earth Hour is its symbolic meaning. But that meaning is the opposite of the one intended. The lights of our cities and monuments are a symbol of human achievement, of what mankind has accomplished in rising from the cave to the skyscraper. Earth Hour presents the disturbing spectacle of people celebrating those lights being extinguished. Its call for people to renounce energy and to rejoice at darkened skyscrapers makes its real meaning unmistakably clear: Earth Hour symbolizes the renunciation of industrial civilization."

Original Post by ds1973:

Yeah, I went out of my way to turn on our porch light that's usually off unless we're expecting guests at night.  Laughing

Philosophically, Earth hour "symbolizes the renunciation of industrial civilization."  

http://www.capmag.com/article.asp?ID=5475

"It is true that the importance of Earth Hour is its symbolic meaning. But that meaning is the opposite of the one intended. The lights of our cities and monuments are a symbol of human achievement, of what mankind has accomplished in rising from the cave to the skyscraper. Earth Hour presents the disturbing spectacle of people celebrating those lights being extinguished. Its call for people to renounce energy and to rejoice at darkened skyscrapers makes its real meaning unmistakably clear: Earth Hour symbolizes the renunciation of industrial civilization."

 HA...Mankind

Mankind is a virus to this planet....

Original Post by eddiepotter:

Mankind is a virus to this planet...

This is exactly the type of evil thinking that the new religion of earth-worshipping promotes.   It is a humanity-hating philosophy on par with that embraced by the suicide bomber.

I have no duty to sacrifice my life to that of your imaginary "earth god".

I wasn't home at 830p tonight (already passed over here) so my lights were off. ^^

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