Earth Hour

If you are reading this blog entry between 8:30 to 9:30pm (GMT +8) on 28 March 2009, go switch off your lights first before you continue reading. Don’t worry, you can see read from the screen with the lights off.

It’s Earth Hour. Some of you might think that earth hour is useless. How much difference can it make by turning off the light for just 1 hour. Honestly, turning off the lights for 1 hour doesn’t do much. In fact, you might do more if you turn off the aircon for 1 hour. So why turn off the lights for 1 hour during earth hour?

Well, if you turn off the lights, people can see. The satellite can take photos and show everyone that you are taking part in earth hour. Nobody will know if you turn off the aircon or change to a more energy efficient device. But everyone will know when you choose to “Vote Earth” and turn off the lights.

But before you get me wrong, I’m not anti-earth hour. In fact, I support earth hour. I think its for a good clause. The idea behind is to generate awareness to the global warming. It is never about saving energy for 1 hour to save the earth and it should never be. That 1 hour is not going to make much difference.

It’s about getting the message across to everyone. To generate awareness on global warming and how everyone can do their part in preventing it from getting worse. And I must say that the organisers did a good job in getting everyone taking part in Earth Hour. Suddenly earth hour become a hip event and everyone wants to take part in it. Now that everyone has turned off their lights and is listening, it is time to spread the message on global warming.

Its meaningless to turn off the lights for 1 hour during earth hour and go back to your usual lifestyle after earth hour. That defeats the purpose. Its time we use this 1 hour in the darkness to reflect upon ourselves and our energy consumption. Its time we change our energy consumption habits.

Make That Change.

PS to Singapore Earth Hour organisers: Next year, Please stop releasing balloons to mark the launch of earth hour again. Thanks.

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