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Earth Hour

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Using artificial light when it is dark is a key part of our developed society and our way of life.

The idea that we can go without artificial lighting when it is dark is, in effect, giving up our way of life and our developed, technological first-world civilization.

By all means, use energy efficiently and sensibly. Don’t use artificial lighting if you don’t need it for what you’re doing. By all means, be cognizant of opportunities for sensible, reasonable strategies to reduce your household energy use. We can all do this, every day, and we should – but without the scientifically ignorant political hype and rhetoric. However, if your normal lifestyle, when it’s dark, involves the sensible use of some degree of electric lighting, then why should you go without your way of life?

If you want to go and live without the technologies, resources and lifestyle of our modern society – then go and do it. Nobody is going to stop you.
But don’t let anyone make you feel guilty if you don’t.

If some idiots in government seem to think that it’s acceptable to get upwards of 80% of our energy from burning coal and fossil fuels, then that is precisely where the problem lies – and precisely where the problem needs to be addressed.

Here’s something to remember, for those participating in “Earth Hour”:

Using candles or lanterns, which are directly burning petroleum, for lighting as an alternative to using electric lighting, is considerably more inefficient and more greenhouse gas emissions intensive than the use of electricity from any electricity grid for lighting.


Written by Luke Weston

March 5, 2008 at 12:35 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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