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post #31 of 50
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I want to point out that this is about a lot more than turning out a light. It is also about unplugging those vampire appliances. Microwaves, computers, tvs ETC.
And while yes some of us do go around turning out unused lights there are lots that dont, and lots and lots of businesses that dont! Thats part of getting the word out, so not just homes do it.
We usually have the living room light on and our tv and computers but nothing else in the house. I have problems if its too bright because one of my pupils doesnt dilate correctly and it causes bad headaches so I like for it to be dim but my room mate does not... oh well!
post #32 of 50
I'm truly terrible about lights: I often leave them on while I'm sleeping. However, when I followed that link, I saw that the city I live in (Irvine) is participating. That makes me want to go take a walk at 8:30pm, because the lights are so excessive and annoying, and it would be great to talk a night walk in the dark around here. Sometimes I read as I walk home at night, because there is enough light to do so! Unfortunately, even though Irvine is participating, I expect that they consider sidewalk lighting (yes, little lights every 20 feet on the side of the sidewalk!) necessary for safety. Ugh.

I recently bought a wind-up flashlight: I should have bought a wind-up lantern, so I can turn that on next to my bed as I read or whatever when I go to sleep, so I'm only wasting my own muscle power in light when I fall asleep without turning out the lights.
post #33 of 50
It's already started in some places of the world. Just bumping this up to remind the folks in the U.S. East coast starts in 30 minutes.
post #34 of 50
I'm not & will be demonstrating my protest otherwise by turning on every lamp & appliance as well as firing up a bunch of flood lights. This is what I posted on my Myspace site:

Quote:
Earth Hour
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBRjyxK6QSk

I'll be one of many calling BS on manmade global warming and global socialism by turning on every single light..

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,511102,00.html
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,510937,00.html

..as two of Al Gore's employees are still held hostage in North Korea undergoing "intense interrogation" (not to mention); somehow their situation has (supposedly) never bothered him enough to express so much as a simple acknowledgment in any of his many appearances or acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize.

http://jammiewearingfool.blogspot.co...oyees-are.html
post #35 of 50
I chose other. At about 8:45, we went to get ice cream and they were participating in earth hour. After that, we were driving home so we didn't have any lights on.

We never have extra lights on in the house. I always watch tv and use the computer with the lights off.
post #36 of 50
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Originally Posted by kittybernard View Post
I'm not & will be demonstrating my protest otherwise by turning on every lamp & appliance as well as firing up a bunch of flood lights. This is what I posted on my Myspace site:
LOL. we just got home. I'm feverishly turning on lights now.
post #37 of 50
We did it at work so I don't see why everyone can't (JMO)

I work in a kitchen and we advised all the customers what we were doing - Toilet lights were off, neon lights were off out the front, all microwaves and milkshake machines were off and 50% of the main lights too

I got home 5 minutes before it finished and even scooped kitty litter trays in the dark!
post #38 of 50
Thread Starter 
we did. My sweetie and I used it as quality time.

I dont understand why people are protesting it. If nothing else it will knock some money off your electric bill! Not add to it by "protesting..."
post #39 of 50
I didn't know it was "Earth Hour". I would have turned off my lights and TV.
post #40 of 50
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Originally Posted by capt_jordi View Post
I dont understand why people are protesting it. If nothing else it will knock some money off your electric bill! Not add to it by "protesting..."
There are a bunch of news links in my post (with various reasons) that explain my stance. I predict this whole thread might be moved to IMO?

There is so much more behind Earth Hour and how it effects the entire world. We'll definitely see what is accomplishes on a socialist level after the climate change meeting. Additionally, I am just so sick of others romanticising gimmicks like Earth Hour, which is nothing more than a "one hour penance"*. When it comes to saving the earth, saving the starving, the homeless, those dying of treatable illnesses, etcetera - not to mention with Garbage Island (that is twice the size of Texas) still gathering in the Pacific Ocean - "it's the thought that counts" does not apply, makes no difference and does not save lives. If someone really wanted to accomplish all of those things, they'd be taking up a 100% pro-active lifestyle, living unselfishly - rather than unnecessarily - every day, not 'sacrifice' a simple hour & then resume our daily lives.

Turning on all of my lights was simply a demonstration of protest just like Earth Hour is a protest. And while the demonstration ended after an hour, my pro-active protest will never end, just as no one elses' should when they feel conviction for their own particular beliefs.

*This is the best article I've read thus far that really hits the nail on the head: http://nebuchadnezzarwoollyd.blogspo...-gimmicks.html . It's a very good to-the-point read!
post #41 of 50
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Originally Posted by WellingtonCats View Post
I got home 5 minutes before it finished and even scooped kitty litter trays in the dark!
Now that is dedication!
post #42 of 50
I worked tonight, as I knew I would end up doing.

I wonder something... if more people would just make the effort to go to bed an hour earlier each night, how much power would be saved? And, considering that most people in developed countries aren't getting enough sleep (and that constantly being deprived of sleep is detrimental to one's health) - how much would that help overall public health?
post #43 of 50
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Originally Posted by kittybernard View Post
Now that is dedication!
LOL! The cats were really confused!

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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
I worked tonight, as I knew I would end up doing.

I wonder something... if more people would just make the effort to go to bed an hour earlier each night, how much power would be saved? And, considering that most people in developed countries aren't getting enough sleep (and that constantly being deprived of sleep is detrimental to one's health) - how much would that help overall public health?
Kieran said he was doing "Earth hour" at 4am to 5am! But I totally agree with you
post #44 of 50
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Originally Posted by kittybernard View Post
There are a bunch of news links in my post (with various reasons) that explain my stance. I predict this whole thread might be moved to IMO?

There is so much more behind Earth Hour and how it effects the entire world. We'll definitely see what is accomplishes on a socialist level after the climate change meeting. Additionally, I am just so sick of others romanticising gimmicks like Earth Hour, which is nothing more than a "one hour penance"*. When it comes to saving the earth, saving the starving, the homeless, those dying of treatable illnesses, etcetera - not to mention with Garbage Island (that is twice the size of Texas) still gathering in the Pacific Ocean - "it's the thought that counts" does not apply, makes no difference and does not save lives. If someone really wanted to accomplish all of those things, they'd be taking up a 100% pro-active lifestyle, living unselfishly - rather than unnecessarily - every day, not 'sacrifice' a simple hour & then resume our daily lives.

Turning on all of my lights was simply a demonstration of protest just like Earth Hour is a protest. And while the demonstration ended after an hour, my pro-active protest will never end, just as no one elses' should when they feel conviction for their own particular beliefs.

*This is the best article I've read thus far that really hits the nail on the head: http://nebuchadnezzarwoollyd.blogspo...-gimmicks.html . It's a very good to-the-point read!
Total gimmick! How many hours in a year?? Global warming has been a problem for 20 years but we are now just starting to do something about it?? Where was "carbon printing" or whatever, 20 years ago? Now, when it is at dangerous levels, we start doing something about it.

I already do my part when I turn off lights when I leave a room. I turn things off when I'm not using them. Maybe the corporations with their huge buildings could turn off the lights at night. It's not so airplanes won't run into the buildings, that's what those little red lights are for.

Do we really need the eiffel tower lit up at night?

Why don't we have "plastic bottle hour"? 1 hour out of the year, everyone recycles plastic bottles.....

Like I said....gimmick.

post #45 of 50
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Originally Posted by Whisky'sDad View Post
Do we really need the eiffel tower lit up at night?
It needs some lights. I can honestly say I wouldn't want to be in a plane flying over at night if all the monuments had no lights on them at all.
post #46 of 50
True, it needs some lights, but not like it is....
post #47 of 50
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Originally Posted by Whisky'sDad View Post
True, it needs some lights, but not like it is....
But then they couldn't sell post cards with night time shots of a lit up Eiffel Tower!

When I lived in St. Ignace, I always liked looking out at the Mackinaw Bridge all lit up at night - but that's different since people do use it at night.
post #48 of 50
Thread Starter 
even though so many people were in protest to this on here I still wanted to post this.
Earth Hour did pressure a lot of monuments and bigger cities in the world to take a step for this.
http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/200...hour_2009.html
Click the pictures to go from lights on/off
post #49 of 50
I didn't participate. I believe in conservation but I don't buy the whole global warming thing. Don't the 10-12 hours the lights are off when I'm not home every day count for something?
post #50 of 50
Gimmick or not, I look at it as another way to save money on electricity. We're going to do an hours out at least once a week.
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