Friday, April 03rd, 2009 | Author:  | 12,743 views - starting Aug 9/09

good job World!! … this blog entry comes a little late in the aftermath of Earth Hour 2009, but my excitement for this year’s phenomenal success has yet to subside … i must say, wow! Earth Hour made news headlines all around the world this year … according to the WWF, a whopping 3,937 cities and towns in 88 countries participated! that’s *fantastic*!! …

these numbers are significantly higher than what the WWF had initially anticipated … it can only mean good things … people care … people are listening, and people are making changes –- no matter how ‘small’ -– and people are uniting …

i am always happily whelmed with a swelling sense of fellowship in these moments when communities gather, mingle, stand together, smile, laugh, and represent for a noble cause … i am proud to participate in these events … and i’m even more elated when the cause is universal and urgent …

and my dear fellow Earthlings, this cause is urgent …

to be blatantly candid, when i surfed a few websites to read about the response to Earth Hour this year, i was rather shocked at some of the attitudes unnamed people expressed on public websites … it seems that some people are still living under an old lint-riddled blanket of denial and ignorance …

here are some example blurbs that raised my eyebrows (and blood pressure!):

“There is no evidence that climate change is man made. Atmospheric CO2 is continuing to increase while temperatures are not. The media does not offer a balanced view of the AGW debate. It is not a settled science and should not be presented as such.”

“there is no such thing as global warming, climate change, yes. Man made, NOT, cycle YES.”

“You can all enjoy your candles and pretend you are all ‘making a difference!’ LOL”

i realize that there will always be skeptics, but it’s surprising that people don’t believe there’s a cause for concern …. i think this is because people don’t see the changes, the destruction, the mutilation, the loss of species … most people who live in urban centres see concrete and little else every day … there is no pause to pay attention to the lives of other living beings … there is no connection with, no understanding of, and above all no respect for, the biotic elements that shape our home planet …

[WARNING: the links in the following paragraph will take you to photographs that contain disturbing images.]

and in our rapid vapid lifestyle where large and fast and shocking are the only norms that move, awe, and affect people, an increase of a few °C or °F per year doesn’t really seem like a big deal at all … what will it take to phase people? … the evidence you claim is lacking is actually obvious everywhere …. litter cluttered on street corners, cigarette butts floating in dirty rivers where fish once swam and respired, oil-slicked wildlife struggling and gasping for a merciful breath, turtles caught in plastic beer can rings, birds strangled by carelessly abandoned fishing nets, wildlife bloated and dead from swallowing bits of escaped helium balloons –- what impact would these images have if you lived this reality every day? if you actually took the time to observe and listen and understand the reality of life outside your daily routine, would you be a believer?

… Earth’s oceans are hashed with plastics and heavy metals and pesticides and raw sewage and untreated industrial effluent and pop cans …. more than 869 species have become extinct i.e., they are no longer in existence!! -– in the past 500 years! … these are not natural cycles … these are signs of an intensely perturbed planet …

if people took the time to notice that there are fewer loons crooning on lakes where human population density increases, that many plant species are declining due to the loss of or decline in the animals that pollinate them, that an increasing number of hungry ‘top’ predators are desperate enough to wander into human settlements in search of food (only to be shot by a person who feels too threatened and fearful), that the list of examples indicating the Earth’s perilous state is virtually endless, then perhaps people wouldn’t doubt or deny that events like Earth Hour are important and necessary and meaningful …

i herald the person who wrote this brilliantly optimistic yet realistic post to gently reminds us that:

“I recently learned that my digital cable box was drawing 35 watts and my PVR closer to 50 when supposedly shut off!. Other culprits around my house, when shut off, included anything with a digital switch like my portable air cleaner which was drawing 11 watts just sitting there doing nothing. I think manufacturers should be mandated to label this “phantom” power draw as well as the full-load draw. With more and more electronics around our homes we need to have more awareness of the impact they are having on our planet.”

and my favourite:

“Critics don’t seem to get the fact that Earth Hour is not meant to be a solution. It doesn’t matter if we use 1% less energy, or 100% — it’s about raising awareness in a FUN, inclusive way. This is an alternative to simply repeating stats on global warming. Earth Hour puts the spotlight on the positive little things we can do, as opposed to the constant threats environmentalists make concerning the consequences of inaction. … The only thing better than a party is a global party in support of a good cause.”

indeed!! …

these are the positive, constructive attitudes the world must become saturated with!!

things tend to move and change and develop in increments … Earth Hour is a new event and it will grow … at one time we didn’t even have Earth Day … it started as a humble thought by a Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1962 … and in 1970, the first Earth Day was celebrated in recognition of a personal pledge made by pockets of people across North America who dedicated their efforts to environmental causes …. and now April 22nd is acknowledged worldwide as a special day where people can be reminded of important environmental issues and be called to participate in events to address them…

people want these monumental global initiatives to feel that they are not alone in their action … that the rippling effect of billions of people simultaneously engaged in a single action will create an energetic, forceful synergy …

it takes 1 person who starts clapping to excite an entire stadium of people to eventually join in thunderous emotive applause …

at one time, we didn’t have cities with municipal recycling programs or food waste programs …. we didn’t have municipalities passing laws that ban or reduce the use of plastic bags in stores (or countries for that matter! good job, China, for this move! … positive efforts such as these must be lauded, even if “there is a long way to go …”) … it was just a few years ago when the people who used cloth bags or cardboard boxes stuck out like oddities in a rustling mess of other plastic-bagging shoppers …. now using cloth bags for groceries is actually trendy! …

these are all small pieces of an enormous jigsaw puzzle, which we are all working together to complete … it will probably never be completed, but it will always be beautiful … and part of that beauty is the cooperation among people banding together to redeem the human race in light of Nature’s Grace …

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6 Responses

  1. 1
    bria 

    this is excellent

  2. Earth Hour really helps in promoting environmental awareness among the young generation’:~

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    manley 

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    Breakfast Nook 

    we always join the Earth Hour because it is one of the ways that you can show your support for the environment

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    daniela 

    thank you for your kudos, candra… very kind of you … :)