Sunday, 29 March 2009

Halfwick

Note to the people observing Earth Hour with the lovely candles in the lovely paper lanterns: setting a length of fat alight, whether it's whale blubber, canola oil, pig's innards or bee's wax does not reduce carbon emissions. If it did we could solve all our problems with a lump of burning lard.

7 comments:

R.H. said...

speaking for myself we artists can't be bothered with things like this.

Ampersand Duck said...

We were driving during Earth Hour, and much as we were tempted to turn off our headlights in solidarity, we resisted the temptation. All the house lights, were off, I realise, so way-hey! in fact, when we got home we discovered there'd been a blackout, so maybe it had been mandatory in my neck of the woods...

JahTeh said...

I was sitting in the half dark anyway, waiting for someone tall to replace the bulb in the ceiling.
The party across the road might have had the lights off but the sound system was making up for it.

Alexis, Baron von Harlot said...

Excellent. We in Melbourne have mandatory Earth Hour whenever the temperature hits 43 degrees and the electricity conks out.

TimT said...

Maybe they were just following instructions from Candlewikipedia.

Dan said...

Ah, the symbolic gesture of earth hour. The easiest, least inconvenient way to jump on the green bandwagon.

Al Cad said...

Well, of course the organisers of Earth Hour are only advocating turning off lights (and unused appliances) for an hour. How people generate light during that time is up to them. If you wanted to get hold of a solar-powered charger and charge up a battery-powered fluoro lantern that would be absolutely fine.

I think as symbolic gestures go, Earth Hour is a dramatic success. 1 billion people in developed and developing countries is phenomenal. Maybe next year there’ll be a billion and one...