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    Earth hour

    Did anybody participate in this "Earth hour" thing?

    For the benefit of people like me, who only heard about it within the last 24 hours, Earth hour was/is a global voluntary blackout. From (I think) 8-9 pm, people around the world turned off their lights, tv's, etc, to try and raise awareness about global warming. Cities around the world participated by turning off lights in offices, on bridges and such. Here in Canada, Ottawa turned off the lights outside Parliment and Montreal turned off the lights on the cross on Mt Royal. Wait! What about the self thought capitol of Canada! AKA Toronto. They, in their infinite wisdom, decided to have an outdoor concert, featuring Nelly Furtado. In an effort to send a message about curbing power usage, and the associated global warming, they got people to drive downtown (there's no way I'll believe that EVERYBODY there used public transit) to a show with a lighted stage, a powered sound system, and two huge TV screens. I very much doubt that they used pedal powered generators for all that stuff. I wonder just how much pollution was generated by all the cars stuck in traffic before and after the show. I also wonder just how much thought (if any) was given to the whole idea.

    I know I'm going to get slammed for putting down what they tried to do. But I really don't give a rat's ass. Global warming has been proven. I am aware of the 5000+ sq mile section of the ice shelf that broke off Antarctica. I believe that mankind has probably accelerated the warming process. But I also believe that Mother Nature has ways of regulating and repairing herself. Earth hour is a great idea, more power to the organizers. Hopefully some people were listening, but not while stuck in traffic on Younge St.
    Shorter of breath...One day closer to death. Pink Floyd

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    I did not.

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    Known about it for a month and made sure to participate

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    Uh...no, that's ok Athana. I'm already done. Sorry about your DVD player, I'll get you a new one.
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    After the voluntary blackout ended, all the furnaces began to run at an increased rate so to make up for the lost degrees, hence increasing greenhouse emissions beyond the normal production rate and sending the strong message that trying to do good, when we don't know what we're doing, can be just as bad.
    Last edited by z/m(Ret); 03-31-2008 at 02:23 AM.

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    Exactly right ZM, the "Earth Hour" is actually worse for the enviroment! What consumes the most energie is turning ON things. Ok, you turned off your TV, computer, heating... whatever for a whole hour. Turning everything back on will spend as much as twice that what you "saved". If it really was that simple there would be laws preventing compagnies from leaving there servers on at night. But can you imagine the energie requierment for turning those things on and off???
    So next time someone proposes an "Earth Hour", don't do it, and protect the enviromment!

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