Was Earth Hour worthwhile ?

First things first, I want to make it clear that I ma a big supporter of the green cause and environment is a priority for me as it should be for the entire planet. I do support the earth hour initiative as well, in fact I had my lights off yesterday. For about an hour we at home switched everything off and got outside. However, how many of you readers have actually done the same ? I would say not as many. Because a few ‘educated’ friends of ours that we know did not really have their lights turned off.

I am not a supporter of Earth Hour because it will be the only focus for too many.  Turning off lights for one hour is meaningless unless it is coupled with many other longer-term actions. Consider this:  Many will participate in this event and will feel good about being a part of something world-wide.  Most of those will then go about doing their same things without a second thought about making systemic changes that will cause real change to occur.

While there will be a signficant drop in demand in the electrical demand during this one hour period, do any of us think that there will be any drop in electrical production during the same period-NO, there will not. The focus here is should be one of education, process and long-term change, not another feel-good event that will be publicized and talked up by the celebrity types and then forgotten as they hop into their personal jets and energy wasting vehicles.

Let’s think about Earth Month or Earth Year. Let’s work on the fundamentals first. Here is a presentation I had added on Slideshare.net about 2 years ago, that lists out some simple and plausible actions that need to be done.

Unless there is considerable action and really a forward step towards a global political agreement regarding the Earth Hour seems to be another excuse for a T-Shirt with consumerism as well as enough candles burnt that can actually help the cause in other countries where candles are sparse at least. Well, tell me what you think ?

    • Vinu Eipe
    • March 29th, 2010

    I Completely agree with you…. except for the small point that the electricity produced being the same.

    Electricity production directly depends on the usage at that exact point in time. When the electrical consumption is less the load on the generator to spin at the required rpm( to make 50 hz) is less. Meaning it requires less fuel to run at the same speed. But other than that good article. I would support earth hour if they would use the saved money to do some alternative energy source research. Else they can just Kiss my A&&

      • misterjester
      • March 29th, 2010

      I guess the consumption is not really the same considering what you are saying, but the fact is that the governments use this time to subsidize the electricity to industries and companies. At least in countries like India and the West they do.

      Definitely some alternative energy research is what we need ..

  1. I like to be cynical too, it just takes the burden off me and the responsibility of action is back on THEM!!!

      • misterjester
      • March 29th, 2010

      I know what you are saying, however if it is and Action for me for more than a day it would be great rather than just for a hour in a year 😉

  2. I have recently contemplated the possibility that Earth Hour (and similar events) can actually be harmful to the environment—by unnecessarily discrediting the environmental movement.

      • misterjester
      • March 30th, 2010

      With the apathy that it might bring … and the false feeling that people are doing something .. by taking an action for a day … It might just be the case. Thanks for the comment, keep visiting. 🙂

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