Sunday, 30 March 2008


Earth Hour - does it help? Is symbolism worthwhile? I believe symbolism is part of the human condition, and harnessing that to help raise awareness of our contribution to global warming has to be a good thing.
Like many people, I chose not to turn on the lights after the hour of candlelight. It just seemed too bright and garish after the peaceful dim, flickering light. Sipping a glass of red and chatting with no distractions was almost like a forgotten art.
However, I did nearly burn my fingers lighting candles, a tea light holder cracked and broke and I bumped my shins a few times, but I guess I can solve that by being better organised next year!


martie said...

Sadly, Okinawa didn't participate. That did not stop my household from doing so tho! Promptly at 8 we turned off the power. Now I have to admit that I was able to sit in my living room overlooking the city and seeing all of their lights. But inside of me was a smile to know that I was "doing" something - making a statement. At the end of the hour, Ms C had to go back on-line (I think she was having withdrawls), but I too continued to sit in the quiet. Lights were too harsh. Next year I'll be miles from anywhere. But I'll be sitting in the quiet then too.

Patti said...

I think any action is better than nothing and I wish the cities would do it every Saturday night - imagine the saving then! It has prompted us to use absolute minimum lighting on a daily basis from now on.

P.S. If you want to be carbon neutral use beeswax candles next time, (no toxic smoke and they smell better too!)

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Annie said...

We turned ours off too in HK. Living in high rise apts here it is easy to see who is joining in and who is not.
The HK University apartments were dark, the commercial ones in full lit-up splendor.