You must have heard about this by now. Saturday, March 28, 8:30-9:30pm. The world is switching off its lights for one hour. Earth Hour.
I must admit, I was very skeptical when I first heard of this. First of all, if it was an effort to reduce global warming, why not turn off air conditioning or other air polluting devices instead. Why lights? Secondly, these sort of things are always just more of a hype. So what if people turn off their lights for one hour? The very next day or the next hour even, the usage would probably be doubled. The extensive promos and events have probably cost more than the would be savings for one hour without lights. Then of course, there is the much debated notion of 'In Sabah especially, we are always having Earth Hour' - on account of the very common power shortage problems we have endured all these years! I saw this on many Sabahan friends' FB status. Biasa sudah kan...tau sudah bah mana tu lilin sama torchlight kana sedia simpan. Hehe..
Well, I got to thinking. I guess turning off the lights is symbolic in that it makes you think about living in a world of darkness. Literally being in the dark and also being in the dark in the sense of being ignorant or not caring about your own lives and the lives of people around you. Not such a nice state to live in. And so turning off the lights did make sense. Plus it is something simple that everyone can do. And as insignificant as it may seem, you gotta start somewhere, right? Some organizations have even pledged to turn off all their electrical equipment, schedule downtime for their servers and websites and so on.
This thing has received so much hype though that I am really really really hoping that something good does come out of it and that it doesn't just end up being a one day thing. WWF is hoping to reach a target of one million votes and to present this to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this year.
I hate to say this though... on my drive this afternoon, what did I see at Jalan Kolam.. The road lights were switched on! In the middle of the scorchingly hot and bright day! Oh dear.. macam mana ni Tok Bandar..Earth Hour is on Saturday night time but if you can't even have the lights switched off during the day... please do something about the control system for these lightings in KK. It's such a waste to see the lights turned on during the day!
So folks, Have a Happy Earth Hour on Saturday. Not too late to spread the word.
Leaving them on is a vote for global warming.
This is a call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet.
VOTE EARTH by simply switching off your lights for one hour,
and join the world for Earth Hour.
8:30PM local time, wherever you live on planet earth. Saturday 28 March 2009.