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Turn out the lights for tomorrow’s Earth Hour

March 26, 2010

Tomorrow, March 27th, 2010 at 8:30pm local time, participants from around the world will turn off the lights for an hour to raise awareness of climate change. It’s called Earth Hour, a great initiative begun by the World Wildlife Fund and I highly urge you to participate. So what do you do? Turn off the lights in your home, your business, and suggest your neighbors/friends/relatives to do the same.

Here’s a great video showing some of the world’s most famous landmarks and monuments turning off the lights last year:

Okay, so there are definitely vocal skeptics of what turning out the lights actually accomplishes, but to those people I would like to say that this event is symbolic. It draws attention to climate change and that’s the whole goal. It isn’t that living in the dark, or a return to the “cave life” is the goal for everyone . . . nobody is asking you to give up your iphone and heat. . .  it’s just a way to encourage a global stand on an issue that is affecting the entire world’s population.

Here in Boston, Mayor Menino is asking businesses and residents to participate, which is great. However, the city of Boston says:

“If any lights need to remain on for additional functions within the building, we ask that the shades be drawn if possible.”

Okay, kind of missing the point there. . . sure maybe a few lights need to be left on but I mean, who needs to be in an office building at 8:30pm on a Saturday anyway? And if you are, I think you’ve just found an excuse not to be… you are participating in a global phenomenon called Earth Hour and can’t have the lights on. Too bad.

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