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The “Earth Hour debate” Says A Lot About You

April 1, 2012

Well we’ve had another Earth Hour, where we turn off the lights to celebrate our planet and remind each other about the effects of climate change. Every year the cynics brush off this celebration with arguments that one hour makes no difference and that we’re kidding ourselves and putting ourselves in danger of candle sparked fires.

The debate really illustrates people’s attitudes about a very simple concept. The debate is not about whether man contributes detrimentally to climate change. The debate is simply whether turning off the lights for one hour per year is worth doing.

The “makes no difference” proponents show a lack of care for our planet since they don’t even think the debate is worth the minimal effort of an hour of darkness.

Does it achieve anything? Does it directly lower C02 emissions enough to make a difference?

From a technical perspective I think we can safely say it achieves nothing. The increase in emissions is so large, that this small reduction will not reduce our chances of detrimental global warming.

From a psychological/marketing perspective, I think this is possibly the greatest, most successful campaign in history. The publicity is enormous. The debate is reignited each year. And the subject of debate is the planet itself.

Earth hour reminds us to take care of our precious planet not just for our own enjoyment but for the enjoyment of future generations of humans and other life on our planet.

Some non-supportive or comedic tweets:

* humour with some cynicism
Sin ‏ @insinuateme Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
For earth hour, I’m volunteering at my local hospital by unplugging all life support systems.

* defeatist views
pourmecoffee ‏ @pourmecoffee Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
Earth Hour 8:30 tonight. That’s when we turn out lights and continue to do nothing about existential threat to our planet, but in the dark.

homewrecker ‏ @WeLoveMiley Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
earth hour is for white people i’m not participating

Daniel Frisk ‏ @danfrisk Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
People turn off their lights for one hour, to save earth. It’s like holding your breath to prevent global warming. It does nothing.

* giving earth hour the bird
jack bear ‏ @cafbear Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
RT @gtwarrior47 How was your earth hour last night,mine was brilliantly illuminated

* comedian
Wendy Collins ‏ @miss_shiny Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
My local council participates in Earth Hour by not replacing street lights all year round.

stefan ‏ @boring_as_heck Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
my plans for tonight? im sitting in the dark and crying… yeah… for earth hour.. for earth… i love the earth.. totally…

Choco Pie ‏ @TheChickenPuff Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
Will the light at the end of the tunnel be switched off for earth hour? #ImportantKoshan

* purist
Blake Hounshell ‏ @blakehounshell Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
If you’re tweeting during Earth Hour, you’re not doing it right.

* think it doesn’t go far enough
Ram Gopal Varma ‏ @RGVzoomin Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
If ppl are truly nd really concerned about mother earth why don’t they ban electricity instead of doing stupid mandatory one hour cuts

* innovation
Philip DeFranco ‏ @PhillyD Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
I know @Youtube does the light switch thing for earth hour, but seriously make it a real feature. Its fantastic.

* thinks it creates unnecessary risk
Gerald D ‏ @gerald_d Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
Gas leak at Dubai Mall, and people are lighting candles for Earth Hour right about now. Nope. Nothing could go wrong there.

* philosopher
Madhavan Narayanan ‏ @madversity Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
Fasting and Earth Hour have same pupose: to sensitise you the preciousness or possible scarcity of something you take for granted

Madhavan Narayanan ‏ @madversity Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
Thousands of Indian villages have earth hour everyday, all the time. They simply have no electricity

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