Yesterday night 26th March marked as THE EARTH HOUR for this year. I remember that the first we came across with this was in March 2008 (can't recall what's the date). We were watching Night Glow on the Waikato University field for the highlighted event of Balloons Over Waikato when the host of the night announced that they were going to switched off all the lights for one hour from 8.30 to 9.30 p.m.
If any of you are still in dark what is actually EARTH HOUR, let's read this excerpt from WIKIPEDIA.
Earth Hour is a global event organized by WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature, also known as World Wildlife Fund) and is held on the last Saturday of March annually, asking households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights and other electrical appliances for one hour to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change. Earth Hour was conceived by WWF and The Sydney Morning Herald in 2007, when 2.2 million residents of Sydney participated by turning off all non-essential lights. Following Sydney's lead, many other cities around the world adopted the event in 2008. Earth Hour 2011 took place on March 26, 2011 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at participants' local time.
Now for the first time ever, I want to reveal why I don't really support the EARTH HOUR:
- the event is just over publicized event that has emitted more carbon dioxide with all the printing, using unnecessary candles to replace electricity and also the usage of alternative power supply like generator.
- what can we do if we only switch off all the lights or even all of the electrical appliances for one hour when throughout the year, we have wasted a lot of electricity by switching on all the lights and other electrical gadgets for 24/7.
- in order to show your supports, you can also buy some of merchandises from some companies that sell them- WHAT? For me this is just another over-publicized event that people blindly follow just like Valentine's Day.
- why it has to be done at night? Why don't we do it on the broad daylight? One thing for sure, most offices and other commercial buildings switch on the lights even during the day.
The Telegraph UK
I'll continue to write on what I love to do to help saving the earth rather than just follow this EARTH HOUR campaign. Till then, good night.