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Earth Hour

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Some say it’s run its course and should be faded out, much like the now-outdated incandescent bulbs of the past. Others say it serves a vital purpose and, gimmick or not, Earth Hour should stay. There are those who religiously, every year, darken their homes and businesses in an effort to show solidarity with the fighters against climate change. And again, others who continue to go about their business like it was just another evening. But should people be “outed” for not turning off their electrical appliances? Should those in power allow their own political agenda dictate their beliefs? Is global warming real, and can one hour of reduced reliance on electricity really make that much difference?

Earth Hour

Earth Hour has come and gone for another year and this time, the Prime Minister Malcom Turnball has come under fire for not being ‘guilted’ into switching off. News.com.au has reported that Mr Turnball was found to have left his lights on for the 60-minute yearly event, amongst claims that his allegiances determine his actions. This has again resulted in the almost obligatory heated dialogues between those who steadfastly hold the views that Earth Hour provides the opportunity to hold conversations about climate change (or, global warming, if you prefer) and those who see it as a stunt with no real value, resulting in little change.

  • Which side of the fence do you fall on?
  • Do you believe that Earth Hour is a valuable tool in bringing climate change into the public arena, and keeping it there?
  • Do you think that it opens doors for discussion and education?
  • Should people be guilted into switching off, much like the analogy in news.com.au of buying Valentine’s Day flowers to make up for the other 364 days you’re a bit of a jerk to your partner?

It’s difficult to subscribe to the view that by feeling obliged to follow the environmentalists during Earth Hour will convert followers and raise awareness. Perhaps a conversation might be more successful, rather than publicising those who don’t switch off.

Of course, you can still do your bit – with the lights on, if you prefer – and make subtle changes around your home or business. LED lights are environmentally friendly, using less energy in their actual use, and also during their turning on and off, which they do instantly (a good thing if you do switch off for Earth Hour).  LED bulbs not only help the environment, but help you to save money, too as they last over 50,000 hours and with the reduced energy consumption, your power bills reduce as well.  


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