An exercise in futility and vanity
Earth Hour, in spite of government sponsored encouragement, seems to have been a failure.
The head of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in Victoria, no less, circulated an edict to all schools to participate in Earth Hour.
We have bureaucracies happily supporting an initiative of the World Wildlife Fund to symbolise “the collective power of individuals, businesses and governments to reduce our impact on the planet”, yet they refuse to learn the real lessons from this latest exercise in vanity and moral preening.
The results in Victoria and NSW are in. It appears, predictably, that even with those few who did turn off their lights, there has been no saving of electricity in Victoria.
I wonder how many students were directed to the excellent article by Bjorn Lomborg about the futility of Earth Hour. He explains that not only does Earth Hour teach the wrong lessons, it actually increases CO2 emmissions, as the Australian experience confirms.
Just for starters;
the cozy candles that many participants will light, which seem so natural and environmentally friendly, are still fossil fuels—and almost 100 times less efficient than incandescent light bulbs.
Lomborg points out the obvious; that we have all been urged to turn off our lights, whilst the important, inconvenient things like the frig, air con, heating or computers are not mentioned. In the meantime, over 1.3 billion humans experience darkness and poverty every night.