Though celebrating Earth Hour seems like the thing to do these days, I refuse to give into the pressure. One of the reasons is that Earth Hour is the crowning hour in the Green religion. According to the Earth Hour website this is the purpose:
By registering a commitment to Earth Hour 2010, individuals, communities and businesses are pledging to turn their lights off for an hour at 8.30PM on 27 March. Participation in Earth Hour is a sign of your support for action on climate change and resolve to show leadership amongst your friends, family, colleagues and competitors in the fight against global warming by adopting low-carbon lifestyle habits and sustainable business practices on a continuing basis.
A fight against global warming? The earth has been cooling for the last nine years. Ten years ago, when the temperature were rising, the CO2 levels were increasing AFTER the temperature went up, therefore the increase of CO2 (which makes up about .04% of our atmosphere) was not to blame. Making people turn of their lights is just a way to make them feel guilty about living on planet earth. Oh, and if you think a candlelight night might be a good way to celebrate remember:
If you plan on burning candles during Earth Hour, make sure you use 100% beeswax candles or soy candles, which are gentler on our planet – smoke free, non-toxic and non-allergenic. They are also made of natural products, not petroleum-based materials, so they are effectively carbon neutral (the CO2 they emit has already been taken from the atmosphere to produce the wax).
Instead of celebrating Earth Hour, celebrate Human Achievement Hour and keep your lights on!