Saturday, March 26, 2011
Earth Hour March 26, 2011
Earth Hour (not to be confused with the April Earth Day)--when people and institutions around the world cut the electricity for one hour to indicate support for the environment--is occurring this year on March 26 between 8:30 and 9:30pm. It has already begun in nations like New Zealand and Australia.
Though largely symbolic in terms of energy use, the hour is a good way to remind oneself of the importance of energy conservation year round, and what it would be like to live with regularly scheduled blackouts, as happens in some countries, or at certain times in countries, as in Japan after the tsunami and the nuclear power crisis.
This year there is some evidence of greater participation after the reminders over the year of natural disasters, Haiti's Earthquake, the Pakistani floods, Japan's tsunami. However, I have seen less mention of it, and while Saudi news services have carried small items about the corporations that are participating there doesn't seem to be the popular coverage there was last year in anticipation of the hour.
The official Earth Hour site puts even more emphasis on going beyond the hour, than previously. As usual it has a lot of information, including videos on the importance of Earth Hour, the environment, and how to celebrate the one and conserve the other. The following banners are of interest:
How will you/ have you celebrated Earth Hour?
How much attention is devoted to Earth Hour where you are?
Are you a candles or flashlight household?
Does using a computer on battery and WiFi count?
Other comments, thoughts, impressions, experiences?
Earth Hour: Australia Started It in 2007; 121 Countries Including Saudi Participate in 2010