Saturday, March 28, 2009

Let There Be Darkness

Tonight is Earth Hour. Every time zone is supposed to turn off their electricity at 8 or 8:30 tonight. This story is surfing the blogosphere and many opinions seem, including Edward Norton, seem to say that it is a ceremonious act. We are showing global leaders that we understand the threats of climate change and that we want to act to reverse it. While I like the symbolic nature of the gesture I am curious to see if any data reflects the global turn off. They expect about one-hundred million people worldwide to participate in some form, that has to have some energy effect even if it is minuscule. Earth Hour should be measured by the outcome of the global summit in Copenhagen. World leaders are meeting to write a document to replace the Kyoto Agreements. Maybe the protest can show that body how serious the Earth is about reversing global warming.

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