Saturday 23rd March at 8:30 pm local time, houses and commercial buildings all over the world suddenly went dark. No, it’s not a global power outage, it’s Earth Hour! Started in 2007, this annual event has become a worldwide phenomenon, educating people about the threat of climate change, and encouraging a commitment to more sustainable behavior.
If you happened to be in the Collingwood area Saturday evening at around the 8.30pm mark and were wondering what the shiny beacon of light was in the midst of darkness. It was the Nobody residence. As per every year at that time I make sure I go around the house and turn on every light, fan, dryer, stove. This year as a pièce de résistance I rented a couple of search lights, that made my place look like a second world war Deutsch Flak 34 station. All that was missing were the Lancaster bombers flying overhead. I also started the lawn mower, weed eater and barbeque let them run unaccompanied for the full hour in the back yard. Much to the chagrin of the rest of the members of the household who have drunk the Earth Hour Kool-Aid that gets shoved down their throats by governments, media teachers and schools.
Mankind has spent the last 10,000 years trying to claw its way out of the darkness, and the current environmental movements would love nothing better than to put us all back there. Some big business concerns have bought into the pabulum also. The NHL decided to dim all the outside lights at its arenas for the hour. Wonderful!!! I wonder if they actually believe in this crap or they are playing to what they think their audience wants.
This is nothing more than environmental tokenism at its very worst. What bugs me about it is the general masses sign up for it and get a warm fuzzy feeling in the pit of their stomachs. But they are doing nothing. Here’s a fact: You could completely turn off the electricity in the whole of Canada and the United States for that hour, shut it down completely, off the grid. And it would be the same as 4 minutes worth of the carbon emissions that China dumps into the atmosphere in that same amount of time. So if you actually want to do something to reduce global carbon emission’s stop lining up down at Wal-Mart and the various Dollar Emporiums and filling your houses with made in China unsustainable crap. Also lets get the other 3 billion souls onto the grid instead of heating there houses and huts by burning emission generating animal dung and firewood. What also bugs me about the great global warming farce is the fact that it is a completely fabricated crisis and pulls the world’s attention away from the real environmental catastrophes that are going on, like certain countries factory ships sucking every last fish from the worlds oceans. Or the fact that there is a sea of plastic waste swirling around in the middle of the pacific ocean called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch described here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Pacific_Garbage_Patch. Which is way more of a threat to the planet than this imaginary global warming sham. But that isn’t as sexy as dimming the Eifel Tower and Houses of Parliament.
Anyway I am sure I will get some commenters calling me a knuckle dragging Neanderthal for having the above views. But this is my blog, my opinion and my chance to vent.