Earth Hour - join the global vote with a flick of a switch! · 3/27/2009

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Leisure and politics. A workable combination? We're about to find out this coming Saturday evening, May 28th, 2009, from 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm local time. That's when the WWF estimates that hundreds of millions of people worldwide -- and possibly as many as one billion folks! -- will turn out their lights and turn off as many other energy consuming gadgets as possible. Why? Well, to save energy, of course - a big enough concern these days! But more importantly in political terms, to send a powerful cultural message to governments, businesses, and others that it is time to start dealing seriously with global climate change. Just imagine... when hundreds of millions and perhaps one billion people in over a thousand cities in 83 countries make this statement, and when some of this Earth's most impressive landmarks like the Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids of Giza, Acropolis, Niagara Falls, the United Nations headquarters, Trafalgar Square, Notre Dame, Denmark Royal Castle and Indonesian presidential palace, and even Thomas Edison's 140-year-old laboratory in New Jersey (where the light bulb was first invented) go dark ,even for an hour, all those silly arguments about "why should we do X, Y, and Z when they (i.e., India, China, etc.) don't show any interest?" would end up sounding a bit anemic, wouldn't they? And all of this will be an especially important message in light of the upcoming global climate change conference in Copenhagen in December 2009, when governments will be thinking about how to replace the Kyoto Protocol. Here is the Earth Hour website: http://www.earthhour.org/home/ . Blackberry has even set up a companion website for their users (http://www.webuser.co.uk/news/279231.html). And there are tons of other interesting ideas floating around which you might want to consider as you flick off your switches. If you have some of your own that you would like to share here, or any other sentiments, by all means please do.

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