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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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Were you whelmed in any way by Earth Hour? [with poll]
Thumper 7:12 pm 27 Mar 11

Earth hour?

What’s that?

georgesgenitals 7:07 pm 27 Mar 11

It’s a complete wank.

Holditz 7:04 pm 27 Mar 11

Was it that cold? I turned off my lights, TV, computer and went out for an hour’s walk.I wore a jacket and shorts, and I didn’t feel that cold at all.

When I went out, initially it looked dark (except for the guy upstairs). As I walked around the parks and streets it seemed more lights were on than off.

miz 7:03 pm 27 Mar 11

Personally, I was annoyed that our supposedly apolitical Cth Department, AG’s, sent an all staff email ‘reminding’ us about Earth Hour.
Also, my sister who is a teacher had her and everyone else’s computers got hijacked by a Departmental screensaver selling Earth Hour.
An individual’s choices about such matters are not something a Govt Department should be involved in – smacks of propaganda.
My view is that, while personally very supportive of many eco-related policies (such as green belts, trees, home grown vegies, organic farming practices etc), I do not wish to go back to the dark ages, thank you very much. Why would I wish to be reminded of pre-electricity, when women did most of the chores by hand and there was no hot water and poor hygiene? No, thank you.

astrojax 6:55 pm 27 Mar 11

when’s mars hour?

dr phil 6:51 pm 27 Mar 11

Most buldings had the lights off friday night as they would of had to PAY someone to go in to turn the lights off on Saturday (1.5 is saturday rate and most is a 2 – 4 hour min shift) ie security or cleaners turned them off on friday. Maybe next year they could do it on a friday night and see the difference.

All i know is it was dark when I turned my head lights off down horse park, decided not to leave them off for the hour….

creative_canberran 6:12 pm 27 Mar 11

It’s a total wank. (Can I say that on RA?).
Put simply, it makes people feel like they’re saving the world by doing nothing.
It’s worth noting that in the US, the Prius, with it’s unique styling and nameplates outsells every other Hybrid on the market combined because the others are variants of normal vehicles which, even if cheaper, don’t have the same recognition. It doesn’t scream “world saver driving”.

Skidbladnir 6:03 pm 27 Mar 11

Before anybody wants to point out that turning off a light bulb consumes no power I’ll still compare lit rooms to lit rooms before you try to whip out the efficiency word, thanks.
I fully realise a fluorescent doesn’t use an hour’s energy to come online and then give light for free . (You’d need to keep the lthe light bulb in startup more for something like two minutes for to get the hours power, but the surge is still there…)
But even if you want to buy into the EH nonsense, your power provider is still producing electricity as if you weren’t, and still needs to bring surge capacity on line for when you get your well intentioned nonsense.

How many Earth Hour supporters left their mobile phone charger plugged in, or simply delayed their electrity consuming activities until after it was over?

buzz819 5:15 pm 27 Mar 11
buzz819 5:14 pm 27 Mar 11

Skidbladnir said :

All the paths to hell are paved with good intentions, and hope is the first step on the road to disappointment.
Earth Hour somehow manages to achieve both, but still gets a lot of money and media attention for it.

Light bulbs and fluorescents (and most electronics) require more power to turn on than keep on, the power consumption is mostly delayed instead of prevented, the resulting ‘peak’ a everything comes back on again probably causes more strain or surge than the lull relieves, and the lesson being taught is ‘learn to live without’ instead of ‘ be more efficient in your consumption and production’.

Well… The mythbusters busted that myth, a fluorescent light’s start up energy is equivalent to to it being on for 23 seconds, so turning off the lights for an hour is a lot more efficient then leaving them on, even if it is a thousand of them.

Hosinator 5:09 pm 27 Mar 11

Base load people, read about it. Earth Hour does not affect base load, which means it doesn’t reduce carbon emissions.

thatsnotme 4:46 pm 27 Mar 11

Skidbladnir said :

Light bulbs and fluorescents (and most electronics) require more power to turn on than keep on, the power consumption is mostly delayed instead of prevented, the resulting ‘peak’ a everything comes back on again probably causes more strain or surge than the lull relieves, and the lesson being taught is ‘learn to live without’ instead of ‘ be more efficient in your consumption and production’.

Or, you could just disprove that old myth with a simple google search…

http://lightingdesignlab.com/articles/switching/switching_fluorescent.htm

damien haas 3:41 pm 27 Mar 11

Apparently the NSW ALP misread the Earth hour email and have turned the lights out for the next decade in Sussex St.

harley 2:22 pm 27 Mar 11

I’m amazed it wasn’t bigger… My grade one boy brought home a poster he had to make at primary school… With that sort of indoctrination nice and early, we should be back in our mud huts in no time…

FWIW – voted jumped the shark.Was gonna vote the Leo Burnett thing, but was too lazy to google him to find out who the f… he is…

Skidbladnir 1:21 pm 27 Mar 11

All the paths to hell are paved with good intentions, and hope is the first step on the road to disappointment.
Earth Hour somehow manages to achieve both, but still gets a lot of money and media attention for it.

Light bulbs and fluorescents (and most electronics) require more power to turn on than keep on, the power consumption is mostly delayed instead of prevented, the resulting ‘peak’ a everything comes back on again probably causes more strain or surge than the lull relieves, and the lesson being taught is ‘learn to live without’ instead of ‘ be more efficient in your consumption and production’.

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