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Reminder: Earth Hour happens tomorrow

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March 28, 2008 - Posted by | Canada, health and safety, Ottawa |


  1. thanks for the reminder 🙂

    You’re welcome.

    Comment by Dani | March 28, 2008 | Reply

  2. I have to confess to being more than a little cynical about it. Electricity is generated as a continuum with suppliers having to guess the hourly consumption and plan for it. The huge power surge at 9pm as everyone switches everything back on could be *very* interesting and surely defeat the whole object.

    Ah, but if we let cynicism stop us from trying every new idea, we’d never change anything, would we?

    I see the purpose of Earth Hour not so much to save energy — though it certainly will do that — as to get people to see how simple it can be to make a difference. Now, I confess a certain amount of cynicism about “making it simple”: achieving things of worth is rarely simple, and must often be done at some personal cost. It bugs me that we want to be able to make a Big Difference and have it cost us nothing.

    HOWEVER. None of that will prevent me taking part, because I see it as part of a teaching/learning process. First people have to become aware of the problem; then they have to have some sense of efficacy, that there is something they can do; THEN, maybe, they can start to make the real changes, the ones that will cost them a bit. I see it as a process. Earth Hour gives people a sense of efficacy.

    As for the power grids? Presumably the authorities are aware and prepared. Where I live, Ottawa Hydro is one of the major corporate sponsors of the event. If they’re not worried, I don’t think there’s a problem.

    Comment by Pewari | March 29, 2008 | Reply

  3. I read about this yesterday. Sounds like a good idea. Anything that raises consciousness is a good thing. I’ll be back to visit. I came by way of Bridget.

    Comment by Nutsy Fagan | March 30, 2008 | Reply

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