REMINDER: Earth Hour 2008 and Communikey

Okay, everyone! It’s that time… that’s right, it’s time to turn out your lights tonight and spend an hour in the dark helping to save the planet. What will you do with your time? If you’re having trouble thinking of something, you an always check out the World Wildlife Fund’s list of the top ten things they suggest (they are sponsors of Earth Hour 2008) or just visit the main Earth Hour 2008 site. Even Google is getting in on the act, “blacking out” their web page today with a sleek new look. Better make sure you have candles, and tell all your friends!

Earth Hour 2008 Reminder

While we’re on the subject of reminders

Communikey Festival of Electronic Arts

Artists, fellow greenies, and other whole living aficionados: Don’t forget to purchase your tickets here today for Communikey’s Electronic Arts Festival this April 18-20 in Boulder, CO. Find out more about the many reasons why you should attend this green event at their main website or in my previous post about the festival. This is a weekend you shouldn’t miss!

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    Shannon said,

    I just want to say that this earth hour stuff is all bull.

    Getting everyone to turn stuff off for one hour isn’t going to help the earth that much, in fact it may even cause MORE DAMAGE !!

    For example: Imagine an average family of 4 and their usual night. Perhaps this family walks to the local convenience store and rents a video to watch together every Sat night. They use a highly efficient microwave to nuke some leftovers and plop down in front of the TV for two hours with no other lights on because you can see the movie better that way.

    This week, this hypothetical family decides to “do the earth hour thing” with a few neighbors. They drive to the grocery store and purchase alot of meat and prepared foods like sweets/deserts, potato salad, and chips. They burn who knows how much propane to cook the factory-farmed meat they eat off paper or even Styrofoam plates. They use candles made from petroleum, or lamps powered by batteries or oil to light the party… And whatever doesn’t get eaten, will wind up in big plastic garbage bags to be taken to the dump.

    All this earth hour stuff is just another way for the average man to feel like he’s doing something good while making a mess.

    Actively choosing to turn down your thermostat a few degrees in the winter and up a few in the summer would save MUCH more energy than turning off all your electrical stuff for an hour each year.

    Actively choosing to REDUCE and REUSE would mean that the little that you do need to RECYCLE can be done in a cost effective manor.

    Actively choosing to compost your food scraps would not only save you money on fertilizer for your lawn each year, but would return the nutrients to the earth where they belong instead of trapping them in plastic bags buried under other garbage in a dump.

    Choose wisely in your day to day actions, and you’ll do so much more for the world than any STUNT like “Earth Hour”.

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    solarious said,

    You’re right, there are lots of ways that we can help the Earth more than to shut out our lights for an hour. I tend to think of actions such as these as symbolic more than practical, and as such, I’m all for people even being on that wavelength, whatever their reason for being there. I know that my interest in such things likely started in a minimally-invasive way. You have to embrace green before you will GO green.

    That being said, it’s only a drop in the ocean. An ocean polluted by the inaction of people who could be doing more, so I hear what you’re saying, for sure. Kudos to you for thinking beyond the surface to find more ways that people can implement energy-positive changes in their lives. May it inspire individuals to action.

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    Shannon said,

    Thank you. You are one of the very few I’ve spoken to today who hasn’t blasted me for saying people should actually be DOING something instead of “raising awareness”.


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