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Last night at 8:30 PM CT my daughter went around our home turning off lights and announcing it was time for Earth Hour.  We lit a few candles and enjoyed the next hour in candlelight and artful conversation.  A nice departure from video games, TV, and surfing.  I checked my neighbors to see if they were doing the same, but alas, it seemed that they were not aware of this event.  It’s a great concept, one that should be extended not to just one hour a year, but to every day.  Last year our local electric company stated that the Earth Hour event in the Chicago area reduced electricity demand by 5% and saved over 840,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.  I’d love to see the entire globe shut down for one hour, including the street lights.  Just turn off the power globally.  At least we’d get to see what the world was like before the electric light bulb.  Astronomers would go nuts with access to a light free sky.  I can’t imagine what this would do to reducing our global emissions for one hour.  I don’t see why we couldn’t do this on a mandatory basis every week, just for one hour?  I mean keep emergency services power on, but for the rest of us, give it a rest.  We might even slow down a bit and get back to having salon type conversations again.  We could even invite the neighbors over too.

John Vlahakis

The acropolis goes dark for Earth Hour 2009. photo EPA/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU
The acropolis goes dark for Earth Hour 2009. photo EPA/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU

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