Earth Hour? Or is it?

Earth Hour is a worldwide movement for the planet organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature. The event is held worldwide annually encouraging individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol for their commitment to the planet.

Earth hour itself started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2,2 millions homes and businesses turned their light off for one hour to make their stand against the climate change.

The standard Earth Hour ’60’ logo represents the 60 minutes of Earth Hour where we focus on the impact we are having on our planet and take positive action to address the environmental issues we face. For Earth Hour 2011 the ‘60+’ logo was introduced representing a commitment to add to Earth Hour a positive act for the planet that goes beyond the hour. Take up the ‘plus’ and get involved with Earth Hour Blue.

That’s what I found when I search earth hour briefly. A lot of my friends really support the movement while the rest of them is opposed to it. For me, earth hour is a great movement, it makes people realize that each of us could determine our future together. Earth hour propaganda shout out the NGOs related to environmental protection and Earth Hour movement is more universal, it could be done by all of us.

But, nothing’s perfect, isn’t it? When you turn off your lights, what kind of lighting will you use to face the darkness? Candles or flashlight? Either way, it still uses energy meanwhile Earth Hour is made to raise awareness of energy issues. In addition, people who don’t really understand the background become more narcissistic. They really believes that turning off their lights for one hour giving a big impact.

At the end, we need Earth Hour to influence the government. We need public policy and infrastructure development to be improved, to be more sustainable. We who questions Earth Hour movement need to educate other people so government would be influenced too in the end.


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