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Were you whelmed in any way by Earth Hour? [with poll]

By johnboy 27 March 2011 45

Spare a thought for YouTube’s cool13q who spent an hour on top of Mount Ainslie making a video of Canberra’s Earth Hour for little effect. They left this note:

Timelapse video over canberra to see people turn off their lights for earth hour. Taken from 8:30 till 9:30, i froze my ass off standing next to my camera for that time. I was at Mt Anslie lookout. I don’t think many people really turned off their lights, and the street lights definitely didn’t turn off. But you can see Parliament House and The War Memorial turn their lights off.
I had a problem with the wind shaking the camera, so I used some digital stabilisation, however this created some unwanted artefacts.
Anyway I hope you like it

If the Canberra Times wants to chop down even more trees and coat them in poison for thousands of 12 page “Earth Hour Liftouts” we suppose that’s their own business.

But is this a piece of gesture politics you find compelling?

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Wallly1972 8:25 am 30 Mar 11

Mr Gillespie said :

Yeah but have you considered the basic fact that this move towards renewable, green energy is NOT the answer to ‘climate change’??

Nope, what do you mean?

Mr Evil 11:25 pm 29 Mar 11

Oh, come on, Earth Hour is a fantastic idea.

It’s a great time to get together with family and friends out in the backyard around a lovely bonfire.

The only thing I found with this year’s event was that the bonfire I had got a little out of hand when I put a couple of old tyres I found in the corner of the garden on it, but other than that I really feel I made a contribution to the cause, and removed a few tons of carbon from the atmosphere, whilst enjoy the company of friends.

Being Green is not that hard.

creative_canberran 10:58 pm 29 Mar 11

Wallly1972 said :

I can’t believe how many cynical, short sighted and spiteful people there are.

No doubt you’re in your office, fingers in ears head on desk shouting at the top of your lungs
“I GOT A PRIUS… I”M SAVING THE WORLD”

Mr Gillespie 8:20 pm 29 Mar 11

Wallly1972 said :

I can’t believe how many cynical, short sighted and spiteful people there are.
Hopefully the posts here are not representative of the community.

Earth Hour is not supposed to fix anything it is about raising awareness of sustainability. It about saying yeah I think sustainability and climate change are such important issues and I’ll take a symbolic action. Then what can I do in my everyday life that would make a real difference?

Most of its devotees are not saying that electricity is bad (typical straw man argument) – just that we’re going to be in trouble if we keep going the way.

Sure, base load is critical and many electricity sources are not dispatchable (can be turned on/off on demand) but the proportion of renewable sources that are dispatchable is increasing. It also includes the hydro power making up the ACT electricity consumption.

Also many people make the mistake of thinking of a single power station or a single wind farm. Electricity grids connecting numerous sources have much less variability than do the individual sources. See http://www.sustainabilitycentre.com.au/BaseloadFallacy.pdf

I agree that it is pointless if ALL people do is sit in the dark for an hour. If you know such people then challenge them!
And yes, we should consider the resources consumed doing it.

Me, I celebrated Earth Hour, but also have green power, turn the lights out when not in the room, have improved my house insulation, ride to work sometimes, …

What are you doing (apart from bitching, I mean)?

Yeah but have you considered the basic fact that this move towards renewable, green energy is NOT the answer to ‘climate change’??

Wallly1972 8:10 pm 29 Mar 11

georgesgenitals said :

Wallly1972 said :

I can’t believe how many cynical, short sighted and spiteful people there are.

You can’t believe it, or you just don’t like it…?

Got me there – I’ve been hanging around RA long enough to know what the comments are usually like. Basically I’m an optimist who likes to see the positive in people/things – yes, I’m often dissapointed 🙁

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