The Paradox of “Earth Hour”

Par⋅adox [par-uh-doks] nounAny person, event, or situation exhibiting an apparently self-contradicting nature.

Today, hundred of millions of people took a stand for environmentally friendly laws by turning off their lights . Residents of major cities like New York, London, and Dubai all shut off their lights for one hour starting at 8:30 PM in an attempt to send a message to world leaders.

Of course its still early spring, so, with the exception of a few areas on the globe, its still dark outside this time of night – but its Saturday, and people aren’t going to give up their once-a-week Saturday night and go to bed – so those who don’t flock to public places to do things will remain at home – and use candles instead. CNN, for example, has their front page decorated with a picture of people holding candles, and a link to a story about a man who had a candle light dinner with his family – certainly nice, but probably worse for the Earth than just leaving his regular light bulb on above the table. Power plants don’t simply turn off for an hour-long protest, so they’ll keep generating as always, while people add even more carbon to the atmosphere by burning things.

Nice try guys, but you might want to think through the consequences of something like this first.


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