The original idea behind “Earth Hour” was to raise awareness about climate change. It was supposed to open our eyes; to enjoin us take a stand against any and all pollutants that are supposedly contributing to the shift in the weather conditions and destroying the Earth. It was supposed to encourage people to act and make a difference for the Earth, even for one particular night once a year.
But a few years since its launched, what difference did Earth Hour make? Moreso, what difference did your participation bring to the Earth?
A recent article published on Slate, has declared that, more than anything, Earth Hour actually failed to bring about the changes it originally aspired for. It’s direct impact, actually brings this:
During Earth Hour, any significant drop in electricity demand will entail a reduction in CO2 emissions during the hour, but it will be offset by the surge from firing up coal or gas stations to restore electricity supplies afterward.
And the truth is, by switching off lights and turning to candles for an hour, people participating in this process are emitting CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) more than if they were using electric power.
Elsewhere around the world, Earth Hour observance are marked by lavish street parties and celebrations, that these also contribute to the carbon footprint:
- People have to use their cars to get to the events to join Earth Hour observations publicly.
- Event organizers have to make use of sound systems that consume high volumes of power.
- There are crowds. And crowds produce wastes and trashes everywhere, especially after party.
- There is noise pollution.
The list of violations go on and on. Few people realize that by being there, it is really going against what contributing to the “greening” of the Earth really means.
On March 23rd, the world is once again encouraged to participate in another round of Earth Hour observance. Given all these, are you still going to turn off the lights?
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