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Having fun with Earth Hour?

By johnboy - 20 March 2009 45

The Greens are promising candlelit trivia, finger food, and drinks with which to see in Earth Hour.

They’re holding it at St John’s Church in Reid (presumably in the hall, not the church).

Tickets are $25 from the dedicated online Green Shop.

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Having fun with Earth Hour?
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AngryHenry 3:52 pm
20 Mar 09
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Earth Hour is a token gesture and does not really contribute to the well being of the environment one iota.

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Jim Jones 3:58 pm
20 Mar 09
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You really are Angry these days aren’t ya?

I dunno AH. I agree entirely that Earth Hour itself doesn’t actually contribute to the wellbeing of the environment. But might it not do some good as an awareness raising kind of thing?

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AngryHenry 4:07 pm
20 Mar 09
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Jim Jones said :

I dunno AH. I agree entirely that Earth Hour itself doesn’t actually contribute to the wellbeing of the environment. But might it not do some good as an awareness raising kind of thing?

Yeah maybe you’re right but I think unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past ten years you’d have a pretty good idea as what the situation with the environment is. It seems more like a tool for large corporations to use and say they’re doing their bit.

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sepi 4:08 pm
20 Mar 09
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Earth Hour isn’t intended to cure climate change in one hour.

But it must contribute a couple of iotas towards saving energy.

And it will have some ongoing effects into the future, as people think more about the energy they use.

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justin heywood 4:08 pm
20 Mar 09
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Christmas day is a token. It’s all about a celebration of family, food, holidays and (maybe) God. If you don’t care about these things, don’t worry about it.

Anzac day is a token. It’s all about remembering the Australian soldiers who fought in foreign wars. If you don’t care about it, ignore it.

Earth Hour is a token. It’s all about saving the planet. If you don’t care/don’t believe in it, don’t sweat it.

In my view Earth Hour is a much more worthy token than Fathers Day, Valentines Day, Sorry Day, Halloween and many others , but somehow I have learned to deal dealt with it. Good luck to them.

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Jim Jones 4:16 pm
20 Mar 09
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AngryHenry said :

Yeah maybe you’re right but I think unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past ten years you’d have a pretty good idea as what the situation with the environment is. It seems more like a tool for large corporations to use and say they’re doing their bit.

Well yeah, I agree with you on the corporate angle.

But there are some potential benefits by reminding a whole stack of people about basic energy preservation (turning off lights and computers, etc.) which does, eventually, make a small difference. People do need reminding of this basic stuff on a pretty regular basis because we’re all so conditioned to consume without thinking of the consequences.

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Pommy bastard 4:18 pm
20 Mar 09
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AngryHenry said :

Earth Hour is a token gesture and does not really contribute to the well being of the environment one iota.

+1

Oh, and if my bloody daughter goes on about sitting in the dark for an hour, like we did the last time, I’ll point out to her that yesterday she left the house leaving on two lights in her bedroom, the passage lights, her computer, her playstation, which would have been on until she got home from school I hadn’t turned them off….

Call that my contribution..

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sepi 4:19 pm
20 Mar 09
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It is also big in Primary Schools – lots of them weren’t even around ten years ago.

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VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 4:52 pm
20 Mar 09
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It doesn’t even really save energy, because the electrical grid is still being run at expected capacity – some people just draw a bit less off it. And with so many energy saving light globes, the effectiveness of such an exercise is dramatically reduced anyway.

I actually think things like this do more damage to the environment than good, because the credibility of the green movement is reduced.

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midlife 5:03 pm
20 Mar 09
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I might run around the house turning everything on as a protest against the multinationals. Isn’t that how it works?

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midlife 5:06 pm
20 Mar 09
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How about this for commitment? Department of Finance and Deregulation is even having a trial run! No thanks I gave at the office.

Finance will be participating in the global warming awareness initiative – Earth Hour – taking place in Australia and around the world on Saturday, 28 March 2009.

Finance has registered to be involved in Earth Hour. We will be turning off our lights in the John Gorton Building, Treasury Building, Minter Ellison Building and Tourism House.

To ensure that our participation in this event is effective, we will run a trial of our Earth Hour strategy on Sunday, 22 March 2009.

What can staff do to ensure that both the trial and the event are successful ?

All staff can assist with this event by doing three things before leaving work this evening:

Turn off all non-essential lights and computers;
Close all blinds around your workstation and nearby meeting rooms; and
Turn off all non-essential appliances and equipment in your office areas (except fridges and freezers).

We would also encourage all staff to participate in the event at home. If you would like to do so, more information, including registration details, can be found at the Earth Hour website.

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sepi 5:07 pm
20 Mar 09
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Yes but if expected capacity shrinks over time they can cut back on the grid.

I think the amount of crusty old cynics who use more power due to contempt for Earth Hour would be a lot less than keen students who might consider better habits for life due to Earth Hour.

But we’ll never know for sure.

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Trunking symbols 5:21 pm
20 Mar 09
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midlife said :

How about this for commitment? Department of Finance and Deregulation is even having a trial run! No thanks I gave at the office.

Finance will be participating in the global warming awareness initiative – Earth Hour – taking place in Australia and around the world on Saturday, 28 March 2009.

Finance has registered to be involved in Earth Hour. We will be turning off our lights in the John Gorton Building, Treasury Building, Minter Ellison Building and Tourism House.

To ensure that our participation in this event is effective, we will run a trial of our Earth Hour strategy on Sunday, 22 March 2009.

What can staff do to ensure that both the trial and the event are successful ?

All staff can assist with this event by doing three things before leaving work this evening:

Turn off all non-essential lights and computers;
Close all blinds around your workstation and nearby meeting rooms; and
Turn off all non-essential appliances and equipment in your office areas (except fridges and freezers).

We would also encourage all staff to participate in the event at home. If you would like to do so, more information, including registration details, can be found at the Earth Hour website.

Are the staff at Finance such avid readers of RA that staff notices are now being posted here instead of the traditional methods within the building? Sure looks like it judging by this post.

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Pommy bastard 5:23 pm
20 Mar 09
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midlife said :

I might run around the house turning everything on as a protest against the multinationals. Isn’t that how it works?

Only if you do it naked…

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youami 5:34 pm
20 Mar 09
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The amount of advertising resulting in the energy required to print paper and electricity and the effort (in energy) to make and transmit advertisements on television in my opinion will negate the power saved during the Hour. But I agree it is more of an awareness campaign and a token gesture rather than anything more substantial to saving energy consumption. I also agree it is token like Christmas, Easter, Valentines Day, etc. If you don’t believe it then don’t.

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