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March 27, 2009

Ready for Earth Hour?

Posted: 04:53 PM ET

You've heard of Earth Day. Now get ready for Earth Hour.

The El Capitan theatre in Hollywood is one of many famous structures planning to switch off its lights during Earth Hour. Photo: Getty Images

A global initiative organized by the World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour is asking people and institutions around the world to turn off their lights for one hour Saturday night - 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. in whatever time zone you're in - to conserve energy and make a statement of concern about climate change.

Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia, in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for 60 minutes. Last year 50 million people turned off their lights, according to the project's Web site, www.earthhour.org. Such global landmarks as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in New York's Times Square all stood in darkness. (No word on Las Vegas, though.)

This time, organizers hope that 1 billion people worldwide - almost one-sixth of the Earth's population - will switch off their lights. More than 2,400 cities and towns in 82 countries - plus such floodlit icons as Paris's Eiffel Tower, Egypt’s Great Pyramids and New York's Empire State Building - are already on board, according to the Earth Hour site.

(The site doesn't say anything about whether participants should stop using all electricity during Earth Hour, so if you stay home and watch TV in the dark you might be OK.)

As with any public venture these days, Earth Hour leaders are using the Web to rally folks to their cause. An Earth Hour group on Facebook has more than 628,000 members, an Earth Hour video has been watched more than 57,000 times on YouTube and Earth Hour was the top-searched topic Friday afternoon on Twitter.

Tweets ranged from statements of support to such comments as "[I] will be cranking out as many jigawatts as possible during Earth Hour. I even plan to run both cars in the garage."

One man's Facebook post, titled "Why Earth Hour is stupid," argued that the initiative will simply waste energy unless power plants lower their production during this time. People could conserve electricity more efficiently by unplugging unused household appliances, he wrote.

So what, if any, are your plans for Earth Hour? And why?

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Mars Bonfire   March 27th, 2009 6:57 pm ET

What climate is it that we are trying to save or somehow make as our preferred climate? Do people really believe that man has that kind of control over earth's climate? Such mediocre thinking. Turn out lights to save climate? Maybe money... but no... not the climate.

If you want to do something to save the earth, make some earth... feed earthworms.

Mars


Satchmo Bevins   March 27th, 2009 7:34 pm ET

It's the annual Let's Pointlessly Feel Better About Turning The Planet Into A Wasteland-fest.

Plu-eese.

The funniest thing about Earth Hour is the torrent of videos that will hit YouTube from the people driving around filming the "event".

SNFU.


James Bellows   March 27th, 2009 7:38 pm ET

The comment that Earth Hour is stupid because the power will be wasted unless power plants lower their production shows a complete lack of understanding of electric power. Electric power must be produced as it is used. When a 100 watt light bulb is turned off, power production goes down by 100 watts. When a 60 watt light bulb is turned on, power production goes up by 60 watts.


rich   March 27th, 2009 7:54 pm ET

un-plug? yeah, just hit the breaker for all that matters. stand-by saves money. THE UNIT is not on.

you can always boot a lower wattage computer, instead of that microwave you are running. (1KW). Its these idiots that think it won't matter.

its a hour. If you don't pull it, you don't get billed for it. Its just less LOAD, therby DEMAND on the power plant. the more you PULL, the more they have to produce.


Jeff   March 27th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

I personally can't wait for Earth Hour. My plan is to make sure every single light in the house is on, run my air conditioning at 55 degrees, run a few space heaters (with all the windows open, of course), and then I'm going to leave the house in my Hummer H2, go out to have a nice steak from a methane-producing cow, and make sure to take the LONG way home, past Al Gore's house. LOL

Wow, I mean, seriously...you greenies are so desperate to think that your lives matter, like you're REALLY making a difference by using compact flourescent bulbs or something. All you're doing is letting everybody know that you're willing to let somebody else control your behavior. NOBODY tells me when to use the electricity that I pay for!


Franko   March 27th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

" to conserve energy and make a statement of concern about climate change"

Energy comes from the Sun as shortwave and leaves as longwave
How will turning lights off, change albedo, entrophy, and climate ?


Steve   March 28th, 2009 6:15 am ET

I'll be playing XBOX Live on my 65" TV with my lights on and my stereo blasting while downloading porn on my overpowered PC.
Friggin hippies...


Mike   March 28th, 2009 9:02 am ET

Turn on every light in the house! global warming is a bunch of baloney! It's supposed to snow here tonight!


GrrlCanada   March 28th, 2009 11:14 am ET

For all of you out there who pooh-pooh the idea of Earth Hour obviously failed the class or missed the day in school when they covered the subject of SYMBOLISM. I suppose all of you who plan on turning up the A/C and playing xbox feel entitled to everything you consume and probably can quote me a bible verse about how God 'gaveth man dominion over the earth', so keen to tell about rights but so silent on responsibilities. It is a SYMBOL to turn off the lights, etc. We're not such a bunch of nitwits that we think one hour of no electicity will alter anything EXCEPT our conciousness. We are changing how we think! Why are you all so scared to turn off your tv and games? Are you scared of being alone with your thoughts? Are you scared to be alone with only conversation between you and your family? I double dog dare you to unhook yourself. I, the so-called hippie of your retorts, love to chill out in front of the TV and surf for hours, but I also know that I have a responsibility for the planet and the people in it, not just myself.

As for the people who whine about 'it's cold in the south, there's snow around here', is this such a commonplace thing? Has it ever occured to you that you're seeing a change in your normal climate because of climate shift? Global warming is not a simple "someone turned up the heat" and everywhere is hot now scenario. It is an ongoing cascade of events: temperatures raise->arctic ice melts->ocean water rises and desalinates->air currents shift and warp–> temperatures become more extreme than in previous years. And when I say extreme, I am talking about your cold temperatures, too. When you play with the climate, the pendulum of temperature shift during the year because more erratic and unpredictable.

Yeah, maybe some of you thought you successfully baited me but if my words even helped someone pause for one second, it was worth being taunted by climatic neanderthals.


Andrew   March 28th, 2009 11:30 am ET

I don't understand people's deal. Its an hour without lights. Are you so attached to your modern technology that you can't go an hour without it? That's the pathetic part of it all. Then there's the 12-year-old-boy-trapped-in-a-40-year-old-man's-body who thinks he has to do the exact opposite just to be cool. Trust me, you're not the only undeveloped guy in this country that thinks like that.

Also, its quite ignorant to believe that humans have no impact on the climate and just the general balance of the planet at all, really? I don't even know how to address that its so stupefying.

How about you be a sport and just participate, its more about global unity than saving energy. Sheesh. Americans and their isolationism. Always gotta rebel.


Rik   March 28th, 2009 11:42 am ET

I think I'm gonna puke! What a load of politically correct rubbish! Go ahead, you green weenies! Try to control me! I'm turning on every incandescent light in my house inside and out....what else can I do to combat this assault on our freedom and liberty? This is nothing but a distraction for our leader's desire to destroy the US and capitalism. Just sit there and smile arrogant elitist liberals. You are giving him enough rope to hang yourselves! Oh say, can you see? Na na, na na na!


Fi   March 28th, 2009 11:45 am ET

Jeff said:

"All you’re doing is letting everybody know that you’re willing to let somebody else control your behavior."

And yet now that others are turning off their lights for an hour you intend to waste more energy. Sounds like you are letting everybody know that you're willing to let somebody else control your behavior.


Chris   March 28th, 2009 11:49 am ET

Colorful mold spores spread quickly across the fruit, their reproductive strategy evident and overwhelmingly successful for uncountable millions of years. By playing a connecting role in the balance between the living and nonliving, they provide for the delicate equilibrium we have grown accustom to, as life is continually made and remade around us. Though relative newcomers, we have quickly become a tremendous force of change within the complex web of factors that supports life on earth as we understand it. Here in lies the problem. Are we more or less capable than those molds, of finding new resources once we have consumed the resources and polluted our own home? While we debate the ultimate importance of human life and its impact on natural systems, there is an undeniable link between our future and the future of this planet.
John Stewart Mills noted that a person who understands only one side of an argument understands very little. Science has provided us with an immensely powerful tool to help guide us toward an accurate description of the natural world. A process of thought that seeks not to prove, but disprove, and that is only grudgingly used to proclaim a single truth. This hesitancy to make absolute proclamations coupled with the greed of self-interested entities has hijacked the fundamental scientific process and turned it on itself. Through concerted campaigns of misinformation, cooperate naysayers and ignorant individuals have become complicit in deceiving and miseducating the average citizen to the degree which environmental degradation is understood. The reality is that there is a vast consensus in the scientific community related to the mechanisms and sources of global climate change.
The smoker who coughs up blood is not being statistically prudent by insisting that not all smokers die of lung cancer, though they are scientifically correct. For those who feel strongly about the power of knowledge and the methods of science, I suggest further education into the following topics, beyond simple belief. Current scientific thinking and data on the following concepts provide critical insights on the following twelve tipping points to watch for global environmental stability. The Amazon Rainforest Degradation, North Atlantic Current, Greenland Ice Sheet, Polar Ozone Holes, Antarctic Circumpolar Current, Sahara Desert, Tibetan Plateau, Asian Monsoons, Methane Clathrates, Salinity Valves, El Nino and the West Antarctic Ice Sheet are all interconnected and little understood. Any of them are vital for life as we know it, all of them are critical.
All life consumes energy and produces waste, but does so in relative equilibrium. With no checks on human growth or consumption, we have gained dominance without a corresponding understanding of our role in the world around us. It is time to change the paradigm from a battle with nature, to an understanding that we act from a place within nature and that we must not steal the future from our future. From many of the comments I bet that we are not more clever than the molds....


DJ   March 28th, 2009 12:16 pm ET

What is up with this board? No blog about the IDiocy in Texas this week? Instead an article on Dancing with the Stars.... Might as well call this pop culture pseudo science tech blog.

As far as turning the lights out, what is wrong with a little conservation? Can't stop consuming even for an hour? Won't be an issue for me as I won't be awake at that time.


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Tom   March 28th, 2009 1:03 pm ET

I'm going to turn my bulb off, an energy saver btw! And wait hoping that that the mossies get really bad cos that will be a sign of rain tomorrow to break the drought in Kenya.


Giffy   March 28th, 2009 1:17 pm ET

Just a thought, far be it for me to judge, but running two cars in a garage seems a bit... risky.


Suzanne   March 28th, 2009 4:39 pm ET

After several years of reading the actual scientific papers on both sides of the debate and comparing what they say to the real world data, I am firmly convinced that the hype about catastrophic global warming is totally based on computer models that assume a positive feedback from water vapor in spite of multiple studies (not based on models) to the contrary. With a snowstorm coming in I will use my electric furnace and lights and thank my lucky stars that the extreme environmentalist crowd hasn't managed to shut down our western coal fired power plants yet.


Rik   March 28th, 2009 7:23 pm ET

Why wait until 8:30? Turn them off now, greenies! Mine will be burning bright and will be on most of the night! Can you see my house from there???


Kathy   March 28th, 2009 8:18 pm ET

Earth Hour is a symbolic gesture to show concern for the health of our planet. It is not meant to make a significant impact on global energy use. Why is that so difficult for some to understand?????


Ashley   March 28th, 2009 11:13 pm ET

I participated in Earth Hour; and did it kill me? NO!! I dont care if you don't believe in global warming, but will it seriously kill people to turn their lights off for 1 HOUR!!??

Uh, you turn you're lights off and conserve power? What's not to get?


James   March 28th, 2009 11:14 pm ET

I actually turned all my lights on at precisely 8:30 p.m.


CB_Brooklyn   March 29th, 2009 12:38 am ET

Isn't it enough with this "conserve energy" nonsense?

Why isn't CNN making sure every American knows of the following?

BBC NEWS VIDEO:
The Air Powered Car

REUTERS NEWS VIDEO:
The Water Powered Car
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrxfMz2eDME&w=640&h=390]

For answers see here:

The 9/11 Truth Movement, Free Energy Suppression and the Global Elite’s Agenda

http://www.checktheevidence.co.uk/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=182&Itemid=60


CB_Brooklyn   March 29th, 2009 12:39 am ET

Isn’t it enough with this “conserve energy” nonsense?

Why isn’t CNN making sure every American knows of the following?

BBC NEWS VIDEO:
The Air Powered Car

REUTERS NEWS VIDEO:
The Water Powered Car
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrxfMz2eDME&w=640&h=390]


1 in 58 Million   March 29th, 2009 12:52 am ET

What a crock, the Volcano in Alaska has spewed more pollution into the atmosphere in the last week than all the cars in the country have in the last year. Still if turning the lights off for an hour makes people "feel" like their making a difference, then more power to them..


Bob LaMonta   March 29th, 2009 1:07 am ET

Yet another meaningless gesture dreamed up by folks with no actual answers – or basic understanding of the question, for that matter. Harmless, sure, but still meaningless.

Can't we just get back to "changing the world" through a concert? I mean, that's proven to be effective, right?


Rebecca   March 29th, 2009 9:22 am ET

I lit a canle in the garage and then turned off the main breaker. that left fishies without the air pump, snake without heat rock and lizard without heat lamp. That's ok it warm enough now they don't the extra heat so I'll leave those unplugged.
Then me and the dog left the house for a walk on the beach. It was beautiful.

Just the idea of so many people all around the world doing the same thing on one night is inspiring and shows that if we work together we can really create a positive change in the world


Rebecca   March 29th, 2009 9:23 am ET

oops, candle. :-)


bobdriver   March 29th, 2009 10:19 am ET

Why don't we ALL stop breathing for an hour – that will help the planet positively.


Mars Bonfire   March 29th, 2009 10:34 am ET

I do not see humans as parasites on this planet like so many other people. I was green before Kermit the Frog. How many so-called "greens" compost, feet earthworms, create soils, grow vegetables, conserve water and are willing to pay to fix our sewers and water pipes.

Climate is always changing. Read some geology books. Study sun cycles. Educate yourself and don't beleive what the alarmists tell you. Use your librarys and do some research on your own.

Mars


Allan B.   March 29th, 2009 2:10 pm ET

My family participated last night at 8:30 PM Eastern. All the lights went off (except two low-power nightlights in the bathrooms). The house was dark but cozy. It was actually kind of fun.

Did it make an impact? Did it make a positive statement? I'm not sure, but it took no effort, no planning, caused the most minor of inconveniences and (as above) it was fun :-) My kids thought it was neat.

Heck, I could do this once a month... once a week even.


There Are Better Approaches   March 29th, 2009 2:43 pm ET

As a long time environmentalist who drives an Electric Vehicle, and powers it and my home with Solar PV Panels, I think this is an absurd exercise in stupidity.

Saying to people that they must suffer complete darkness, heat, cold, not cook, not use appliances, not use computers or any other electricity in order to be "green" is the last message they should be getting.

If they were to do as I've done, they can continue to use electricity and drive, save a huge amount of money over the guaranteed life of the PV system, and be very, very "green".

My PV system will save me more than $240,000 over the guaranteed 25 life, not to mention that the actual life is likely to be many years more.

My EV will pay for itself in around 4-5 years and become free and putting money into my pocket for every mile I drive it.

These are solutions, not hokey PR events like "don't use electricity for an hour" which actually has insignificant positive impact, and instead turns people off to the green movement.


Darth Voter   March 30th, 2009 12:18 am ET

Well, it took some coordination, but I managed to turn all of the lights in my home (with the exception of the three burned out landscaping lights), all of the lights at my office, and the lights in my work shed ON for an hour during earth hour. In addition, I pulled my truck and my wife's van out of the garage and let them idle for an hour with their lights on in the driveway.

For Arbor day, I'm planning on cutting three trees down in my yard and clear cutting two acres I have down the street. I plan on continuing this type of behaviour until Al Gore shuts his fat, hypocritical mouth.

If GM wasn't close to bankruptcy, I'd buy a Hummer.

Cheerio you libs.


Franko   March 30th, 2009 12:22 am ET

Mother Gaia saves energy for U$ - Wood, Coal, Oil, and undersea Methane
We save some energy, by building power dams and insulating our houses

Refusing the bountiful energy, – Hiding CO2 - will starve both the plants and U$
Insulting Gaia, our Nurturing Mother of Nature, is not a good idea

Utopia of Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Pol Pot, needed a lot of accomplices
Now, Globalize to 50% reduction, of the infestation called Human, is the goal ?


Luis   March 30th, 2009 4:28 am ET

-A load following power plant is a power plant that adjusts its power output as demand for electricity fluctuates throughout the day. Load following plants are in between base load and peaking power plants in efficiency, speed of startup and shutdown, construction cost, cost of electricity and capacity factor.
-Base load power plants operate continuously at maximum output. They only shut down to perform maintenance or if something breaks. They produce electricity at the lowest cost of any type of power plant.
-Peaking power plants operate only during times of peak demand.

So, unless the power plant that supplies you is a load following power plant you did not help the enviornment!


Mike   March 30th, 2009 9:02 am ET

I'll be playing Xbox with the lights off ... does that count? I think so.


saganhill   March 30th, 2009 9:10 am ET

IT is stupid. It will not save anything.

The people who think this stuff up do no research to find out what the ramifications are and whether or not doing this will save anything–I bet it wont save anyting. They are only looking for 15 minutes of fame.

Me, Im going to view a movie on my 50inch HDTV, then go out for dinner afterwards driving my large 2005 4×4 crewcab truck to get there.


Franko   March 30th, 2009 11:37 am ET

An insight into how effective is the marketing of ideas
Calgary, the oil town, went from +3% last year, to -1% this year

Obama got elected on change and hope
But now shoveling out the cash to those in charge
Marketed illusion, to consent, not what the public wants.
The political labels do not mean much.

Almost funny how, Obama and advisers, knowingly shoveled money to the bankers - and when caught, still no accounting and oversight to the disapperance of the dollars. http://therealnews.com/t/index.php?opti ... mival=3484


Lynn   March 30th, 2009 6:11 pm ET

Al Gore is an old hippy hypocrite as well as his followers! His family mansion uses 12 times more energy each month than the average American home! America is turning in to a hoard of lemmings! Start thinking for yourselves and do your own research. Personally, I'm tired of being forced to do what other morons want everyone to do. Next they are going to require adults to sit in booster seats or force restaurants to serve Tofu instead of beef......control your own lives and leave the rest of us alone! One hour a year to turn off lights? LOL.....if you're that serious do it once a week or more. And tell all those huge buildings to shut off the unnecessary lights they use constantly. I've conserved for years, way before it was in fashion.


spener   March 30th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

People watched Al Gore’s home no lights went out in his 275,000 k-watt hour house that uses 12 times the electric of a average home , bet he didn’t ground his jet..
Another case of the left saying “do as we say not as we do”


mr.britt   March 30th, 2009 10:58 pm ET

everything in house was shutoff on earth day, just trying to do my part....and i forgot to pay the electric bill


Bryan K   March 31st, 2009 12:23 am ET

Global warming and the like is a hoax. Do your research, global average temperatures have been going down, not up. Climate is more unstable yes, but signs point to a mini ice age. It's all up in the air. There is too much political influence in the sciences.


KDH   March 31st, 2009 11:38 am ET

Weather you believe in global warming or not, conservation is a good idea. This earth hour idea on the other hand is very weak. Energy is not saved because it actually takes more energy to turn everything back on than what was saved during the hour.
If you want to take part in this, turn off everything you can and leave them off all night. That way there will be less of a spike at the end of the hour.
And can we all calm down a bit? :-)


prairie girl   March 31st, 2009 12:02 pm ET

I am not an environmentalist and I am not stupid enough to think that turning off power for an hour is going to make a difference except in the awareness of those who choose to be aware. My husband and I did turn off our power here on our small farm and, guess what, it was alright! He didn't miss any of those idiot tv shows on G4 or Spike and I did not miss any music. For one hour, we experienced what it might have been like for those who preceded us in this 100 year old farmhouse. And THAT was cool. Humans may or may not have caused any climate change on this great old planet and we may or may not be able to rectify the results of any change. We probably won't – but – this is the only planet we have and the only one on which we can live. So for the blockheads out there who don't give a rat's ass about there environment why don't you create a new environment somewhere else? All we want is for everyone to have a safe, clean place to live. That includes you.


Alicia   April 1st, 2009 12:03 pm ET

The human race is really starting to disapoint me!!! Do you ever stop to think about your grandchildren's future? No, it will not make a difference in the global climate if we all shut out our lights for one hour. It's the message going across the globe that's important. This is a serious problem and if we don't start doing things differently our grandchildren will not have a world to enjoy...


Marc   April 2nd, 2009 1:45 pm ET

It has always astounded me that we talk about 'saving the earth'. From what I've seen, the Earth does not need saving...it will continue to exist as it always has...it will take the changes that come its way and exist...It will take global warming with the same equanimity as it would with global cooling...It will endure droughts as well as deluges...it will either support life or it will not...

No, what needs to be our concern is not this wonderful planet, but the people who inhabit it for a time...so take this a touch more personaly...it's not the planet you are saving – it's yourself...


Cray-Zee Asian   March 26th, 2010 1:02 pm ET

OH!!! I get it now! It's a SYMBOLIC gesture... OMG! I feel sheepish.

Well, turning my lights off for an hour won't kill me. Actually, I turn them off for more than 6 hours every day... it's called going to bed.

So, while the one hour gesture won't kill me. Turning on all of my lights, appliances, and cooking steak on a charcoal grill, during "earth hour" won't kill anyone else either.

Too bad, I took down my Christmas lights back in February.

Does my protest make me an "environmental neanderthal"? Perhaps, but going along with "earth hour" would probably make me an environmental lemming or sheep. At least "neanderthals" had some control over their destiny.


Ken   March 28th, 2010 11:16 am ET

Do you really want to do something that will actually help the earth and make us more energy independent? Let's get with it and start building nuclear power plants in this country! The only byproduct is hot water. Stop opposing Nuclear power because you think it's unsafe. It is a proven safe way to produce a lot of power! You could cover countless square miles of this country with solar panels and wind turbines and not come close to producing the mega watts just one nuclear power plant can! Just as climate change theory is full of nonsense, opposition to Nuclear power is ignorant, baseless fear!


Angel Baker   October 1st, 2010 1:57 pm ET

earth hour is really a great way to promote environmental awareness.".


Towel Rails    October 18th, 2010 2:33 pm ET

earth hour really helps promote awareness on how to conserve energy *':


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I love the idea for one reason it will bring us together as a civilization.
However people are people and will never understand the point of it.

Just read the end of the post "[I] will be cranking out as many jigawatts as possible during Earth Hour. I even plan to run both
cars in the garage."

Al-thou it is funny, it does show how crazy we can be.


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