Saturday, March 29, 2008

Turn it off.

There has been much talk about Earth Hour this past week. Some people seem to embrace the idea- seeing it as a positive step, though largely symbolic in nature, while others seem to mock the whole idea, seeing it as a feel good frivolous activity that will accomplish nothing. To those folks I ask: "What does doing nothing accomplish?". That kind of cynicism is of little worth.

I don't think anyone who is participating in Earth hour really believes it will have a huge impact on climate change- that one hour really isn't supposed to do that. It is more an exercise about ideas, about raising awareness, about showing our kids we are all trying to make a change, and above all, it is about how small changes can make a difference.

We all need to participate because climate change is not someone else's problem, it is ours. No one is exempt.

Yes, it is just an hour but it can be so much more if we just drop the attitude and try to make the changes we can. We need to be more proactive as a population- after Earth Hour we must continue to conserve, to reuse, to recycle. We need to demand better packaging, and more responsible waste management of our manufacturers. We need to ask of our government, of our communities, of ourselves, what next?

Earth Hour will not make the changes we need, but it is a step. As the Chinese proverb says" A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step".

Side note: Whomever the dimwit was at the CBC who labeled the Earth Hour activity a bandwagon should be tarred and feathered and hung from Gallows Hill. Way to set the tone for the cynics and lazy arses, Dilbert.


WhitbyDude01 said...

Good Words. I agree that raising awareness is key to making a change for the better...and turning out the lights? How much easier can you get?

I agree about that dickhead from the CBC. Don't just complain about something....offer an alternative....and actually try to implement what you are talking about. Otherwise shut your trap. You are not doing anyone any good. Yeah it's a free country....and are still a moron.

Anonymous said...

I participated, and actually enjoyed the silence, while I criticized all my neighbors for not doing the same.
I think I may do this on a regular basis and I hope more will join in. You are right Deannie, awareness is the key.