Earth Hour 2011

Last year, Melody Kettle took the Earth Hour Challenge with her family. You can read about the aftermath here. Earth Hour encourages us to turn off our non-essential lights and electrical appliances in order to raise awareness on climate change.

Earth Hour 2011 will take place on Saturday 26 March at 8:30 pm (local time). This Earth Hour you’re encouraged to go beyond the hour, so “after the lights go back on think about what else you can do to make a difference. Together our actions add up.”

I’ll be honest. I’ve never participated in Earth Hour. My kids go to bed at 7:30 pm and by 8:00 pm, I finally get to collapse on my couch and zone out on my TV shows. Yeah, yeah, I know–it’s awful, but it’s the truth. Besides, I’m actually going out with my husband this Saturday night for dinner and drinks, so I have a good excuse this year.

Will you be participating in Earth Hour?

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  1. Going out with your husband will do the planet far more good than participating in Earth Day, Georgette. You and he will be happier, your kids in turn will grow up better adjusted, and when they take their place in the adult world they’ll be better equipped to deal with all of life’s uncertainties and problems, which will include, probably, having to deal with all the carbon released in the fireplaces of well-meaning but naive Earth Day participants.

    I also have plans on Saturday. The wife and I are putting on our high-heeled sneakers and going dancing. To save the planet, of course.

  2. “Climate Change?” Is that junk science still being pushed?

    Wasn’t that formerly known as “global warming” until that ridiculous scam was exposed so they changed the name?

    However, I do believe one should always good to be a good responsible citizen of the Earth and participate in most reasonable measures to protect out environment.

    (I anticipate this loop might push 100+ is postings)

  3. Good citizens of the earth,

    The concept of Earth Hour is cool if not totally realistic. After all, what good does it do to turn off the lights, TV and Facebook if the furnace, refrigerator and hot water heater are still running?

    Far more importantly, I will not be participating in Earth Hour this year as it interferes with my goal of watching 146 episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in a very limited amount of time.

  4. I have participated in Earth Hour a couple (of the three) times, and it’s always been a very pleasant evening. It reminds me that I don’t *need* to have the tv on (because my post-kid bedtime is a duplicate of Georgette’s), lights on in several rooms, or the computer on. My husband is a great bananagrams player, and we both look about 8 years younger by candle-light.

    I like the idea, and it’s free – which I also like quite a bit.

  5. Yes Herb.
    The immediate question has to do less with whether or not it is real science vs junk science, and more to do with why folks like you have a dire need to insist that it absolutely positively must be junk science.

  6. Maybe, Herb, this thread will go to over a hundred postings if I posted a hundred articles, one by one, from peer-reviewed journals that provide compelling evidence for this “junk science” you speak of.

    You know what’s funny? The Republicans used to be all for cap and trade–let the market regulate it–until they decided to take the puzzling stance of sticking their head in the sand and willfully ignoring the evidence of climate change/global warming/the earth is warming up from CO2 released by human activity/whatever you want to call it. It’s just so odd. What to do about climate change is the real question and there in an absence of debate about the issue in Congress b/c the Republicans refuse to take a seat at the table. I don’t think their strategy is a good one.

  7. Herb,

    Like Tudlow, I could make a few dozen posts with links to enough evidence to convince everyone whose livelihood doesn’t depend on refusing to be convinced.

    For now, however, I’ll say this — just two weeks ago, I was teaching aspects of this topic in my astronomy class. One point I made is that while some things are in dispute and worthy of debate, other things are not remotely in dispute. It’s possible to disagree about aspects of climate change without being a jackass. I recommend you investigate the difference.

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