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Having fun with Earth Hour?

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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astrojax astrojax 3:59 pm 22 Mar 09

who says those who have posted above don’t stump up the $$$ for renewable, lujabe? and if you’ve come on here espousing green power, then in fact i hate to tell you, but you are, for one, participating in the concept. sorry.

lujabe lujabe 2:19 pm 22 Mar 09

Earth Hour is a joke.

So we all turn our lights off for an hour, then we resume ‘life as usual’, and think we’ve done something positive?

I for one won’t be participating.

But then, I already pay for 100% of my electricity to be sourced from renewable sources.

If you actually give a sh1t about CO2 emissions, then stump up the $$$ for renewable electricity.

Thumper Thumper 9:23 am 22 Mar 09

what thumper? you dare question the might of the times??

Sorry, I bow to their journalistic might 😉

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 9:08 am 22 Mar 09

sepi said :

CT says 73 % of canberra participates in earth hour, so you guys must all be in the 27% insolent minority.

27% of Canberran think rather than mindlessly participate? Not bad that.

astrojax astrojax 8:25 am 22 Mar 09

speaking of insolent minorities, where’s barking toad got to?

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 8:13 am 22 Mar 09

CT says 73 % of canberra participates in earth hour, so you guys must all be in the 27% insolent minority.

Sounds like me…

deye deye 12:12 am 22 Mar 09

sepi said :

CT says 73 % of canberra participates in earth hour, so you guys must all be in the 27% insolent minority.

98% of statistics are made up on the spot.

GardeningGirl GardeningGirl 12:07 am 22 Mar 09

deye said :

what really bugs me is the wholesale getting rid of incandescent globes in favour of CF globes because in some applications using an incandescent globe uses less electricity than a CF globe.

Agree.

I-filed said :

Most of our candles are imported from China, and heaven knows where they source the fat, so I imagine there’s a bit of a footprint there …

I hope they’ve got that lead wick problem that resulted in recalls under control.

astrojax astrojax 11:28 pm 21 Mar 09

what thumper? you dare question the might of the times??

…well he was nice, wasn’t he. what ever happened to ol’ thumper, i wonder… 😉

Thumper Thumper 8:46 pm 21 Mar 09

Or maybe the CT has no idea?

sepi sepi 8:22 pm 21 Mar 09

CT says 73 % of canberra participates in earth hour, so you guys must all be in the 27% insolent minority.

I-filed I-filed 2:20 pm 21 Mar 09

Thanks astrojax! Most of our candles are imported from China, and heaven knows where they source the fat, so I imagine there’s a bit of a footprint there …

astrojax astrojax 2:07 pm 21 Mar 09

candles – one for one, they’re more carbon intensive, yes, but it depends on the nature of electricity supply to give a definitive answer. but of course, if all you do is burn one candle and sit with tv, stereo, computer, all other lights, etc switched off, then the carbon footprint will be reduced from your ‘habitual’ podal imprint…

deye deye 1:23 pm 21 Mar 09

I-filed said :

Does anyone know the comparison between burning a candle and an incandescent globe? I’ve been told that candles are far worse …and people keep boasting that they will spend Earth Hour by candle-light …

from wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candle

A modern candle typically burns at a rate of about 0.105 g/min, releasing heat of about 77 W, plus or minus about 9 W. The light produced is about one lumen. The luminous efficacy is about 13 millilumens per watt (luminous efficacy of a source), a thousand times lower than an incandescent light bulb.

wiki referenced this pdf for that number http://fire.nist.gov/bfrlpubs/fire05/PDF/f05141.pdf

what really bugs me is the wholesale getting rid of incandescent globes in favour of CF globes because in some applications using an incandescent globe uses less electricity than a CF globe.

I-filed I-filed 1:00 pm 21 Mar 09

Does anyone know the comparison between burning a candle and an incandescent globe? I’ve been told that candles are far worse …and people keep boasting that they will spend Earth Hour by candle-light …

deye deye 12:23 pm 21 Mar 09

I’m tempted to set up a couple of spotlights out the front 😀

GardeningGirl GardeningGirl 11:12 am 21 Mar 09

Regarding the comments about tokens, it seems to me some are tokens of significant past events and some are tokens of significant future aspirations and in the case of the future tokens, like Earth Hour and Clean Up Australia Day, if progress isn’t seen then it does seem to trigger cynicism in some people. Like me 🙁
I’d like to see some feedback of how many people are actually remembering to change their habits throughout the year, and also something new each year, like a “let’s replace our sink disposal unit with a worm farm” theme or a “let’s throw out our plug-in air fresheners” theme or “let’s see what we’ve got around the house that can be switched over to some kind of solar powered operation” theme. We are still such a long way from really questioning the choices we make, and one feel-good hour doesn’t seem enough. I think I-filed might even have a point that sometimes there might be a “Prius effect”.

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 9:00 am 21 Mar 09

as the population increases and we build more and more houses, offices, schools, factories, shops, etc we need more and more capacity.

“It doesn’t matter if our infrastructure is used more efficiently – it’s the same sized infrastructure!”

deezagood deezagood 7:32 am 21 Mar 09

I think the intent of Earth Hour is to make people have a bit of a think about their energy use; last year for Earth Hour I walked around the house and turned off ‘passive’ appliances (appliances that are usually running whilst not in use – washing machine, microwave, DVD etc…) and I have kept them off when not in use ever since (although I miss my timer on the microwave). Little things, small savings … but savings all the same. I just hadn’t thought about the energy-wastage factor previously.

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