Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Earth Hour

Earth Hour

Earth Hour organizers estimate 100 million people took part this year’s event. Mick and I did our bit on Saturday, we switched off all electrical appliances (except the fridge), and resorted to candle power for pretty much the rest of the evening really. Our neighbors probably thought we hadn’t paid our electric bill as lights continued to blaze in their homes. I wonder, did anyone else in Oklahoma take part?

Skeptics out there will say, what use is turning off the power for one hour? A lot of use, because it shows the extent of people’s concern about global warming. This is a global issue, and it will take a worldwide effort to resolve the problem. Global warming is not going to go away just because we continue to ignore it. Unless something is done soon we are in danger of destroying our planet, and the last time I looked it’s the only one we’ve got. There ain’t nowhere to go from here.

And the problem is not just in the hands of governments, it’s in all our hands. We all need to do our part to reduce our carbon footprint. If we all do a little it adds up to a great deal.

While we sat there in semi darkness Mick and I talked about what we missed the most about the power being off, and we both agreed it was light. If you have light you can read a book, have a game of scrabble, or write. There’s not much you can do without light.

Whenever there’s been a power outage in your neighborhood, what have you missed the most?

Ta ta for now.

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