Sunday, March 30, 2008

HELLO DARKNESS, MY OLD FRIEND

It was uncomfortably warm yesterday, maybe a small unconscious reminder of the effects and impact of global warming as a result of all the development that has been going on ever since the industrial revolution. According to the radio show I was listening to in the morning, the usage of power (in the form of electricity) seems to be one of the highest contributors to global warming.

So, it was only fair that yesterday people all over the world were urged to turn off the lights (and air-conditioning, or any other electrical appliance) for one hour at 8:00 pm (local time). Some countries which were actively participating even had plans on turning off decorative lights along the streets and buildings, with the hope that at least 1 hour of conserved energy would help make the world a better place.

I was out at 8:00 pm yesterday, but where I was, lights were still brightly lit, and no signs of the air conditioning unit being turned off. Oh well!

4 comments:

  1. I turned off my lights at 8pm PDT and kept them off for an hour.

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  2. My house is littered with energy saver globes so we save a great deal more energy in the many, many months of useage than other people do. But it is good to know people are atleast aware of how much damage they could be causing.

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  3. I switched off all my lights and my heating for the hour and lit two candles... but still continued to watch a movie on TV! In Ireland the county and city councils switched off non-essential lights. I think it would be great to do this regularly. Maybe if we all had a "power down hour" every day it would make us more aware of our energy consumption all the time.

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  4. travis, orhan. aunty: Yeah, I think that this was a great a thing to do. I only wish that it had received much more publicity. Coincidentally I was on my way to work when I heard about it, otherwise I might not have even heard of this.

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