Earth Hour in Singapore

Singapore marked Earth Hour yesterday with major buildings and skyscraper switching off non-essential lights at 8:30pm. I don’t know about you, but the darken Singapore City Skyline is just as beautiful (if not better) than any other night.

The city Skyline would have been more beautiful if buildings like OCBC Centre, Bank of China Building and Singapore Land Tower would switch off the lights on their company logo. Guys, lightings for your corporate logo is considered non-essential. Why can’t you switch it off for just 1 hour?

But the biggest culprit of the night has to be OUB Centre with their brightly lit “One Raffles Place” logo on one of the tallest building in Singapore. OK, we got the point that OUB Centre is now renamed as One Raffles Place. Sigh.

The organisers, World Wildlife Fund, held a 3.5km night walk around Marina Bay during Earth Hour to show solidarity in the push for a more sustainable future. More than 2000 people took part in the night walk.

One hour later, at 930pm, buildings at the Central Business District began to switch their lights back on. I always ask, why bother? Why bother to switch on the lights after 930pm? Why not just leave it switched off for the rest of the night?

Only Maybank, HSBC and a few other smaller buildings kept the non-essential lights switched off beyond 930pm. Good job guys! I wish more buildings will go beyond the hour and kept their non-essential lights turn off after Earth Hour. It’s just for one night. It won’t hurt a bit at all. In fact, buildings should switch off non-essential lights more often. Maybe once a month or even once a week.

The Earth Hour message this year is ‘make a commitment beyond the hour’. It’s irony because 15 minutes after Earth Hour, at 945pm, this happened.

The Marina Bay Sands light and water show. I don’t know whether I should laugh or cry when I saw the light show. Yes, thank you Marina Bay Sands for postponing the light show. The light show is supposed to be 930pm but they postponed it to 945pm instead so that clash with the end of Earth Hour. But why? Why can’t you just cancel the light show for one night. Just one night in a year.

What’s the point of taking part in Earth Hour when you go back to wasting electricity just 15 minutes later? It has become a trend for companies to take part in Earth Hour to look good in public. But what’s the point of taking part in Earth Hour when nothing has changed after that 60 minutes?

Earth Hour isn’t about saving the earth by switching off the lights for 1 hour each year. The carbon emission from all the marketing and activities surrounding Earth Hour will most likely overwrite the amount saved from switching off non-essential lights for 1 hour. Earth Hour is about education and generating awareness.

And clearly we didn’t learn anything from that hour.

4 Responses to 'Earth Hour in Singapore'

  1. Daryl Ng says:

    That’s why I don’t bother observing such events. It’s all a publicity stunt by the companies and something for the youngsters to participate to look hype and cool. If you really want to save the environment, try to do it every day and every minute.

    e.g.
    – Recycle every possible waste you can in your home
    – Reduce water and electricity wastage – helps save your utilities bill too ;)

  2. Ridz says:

    Actually, I think the better thing for those who support the cause of Earth Hour would be to do start some energy saving habits that could be expanded all year round. It would not only be a gradual change that would be easier to manage but it would also make a more sustained impact in the long run. Things like turning out lights, changing bulbs, turn off computers instead of leaving them on all day and night( I’m guilty of this ), etc…

    I really don’t think cancelling the light show would have served any more purpose than the 1 hr Earth Hour had achieved…unless the eventual goal was to have the light show cancelled altogether ;p

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