History[ edit ] Conception and start: Landmarks around the world turned off their non-essential lighting for Earth Hour. The survey also showed there was a 4 percentage point increase in the level of interest in environmental issues such as climate change and pollution directly after the event 73 percent pre-event versus 77 percent post-event. At one point, Toronto saw an 8.
The solutions to our energy problems don't start with individuals shutting the lights off at home. They start with public policy -- the only force that can actually change how the infrastructure and shared systems work.
They'll eat dinner by candlelight, maybe light up a bonfire in the backyard and roast some marshmallows. They'll think they're saving energy and doing something good for the planet. But I'm not so sure about that.
Earth Hour is an annual event that tries to raise awareness of energy issues by convincing people to shut off the lights in their houses, businesses, and public buildings for one hour on one specific night.
This year, it's March It's a public and popular way to express support for changing the way the world uses energy -- more than a hundred countries participate every year, and thousands of famous landmarks, from Vegas to Giza, go dark for the occasion.
I'm a science journalist who has a book about the future of energy coming out in April. My husband is an energy efficiency consultant whose entire job is based around finding ways to make buildings use less energy.
Earth Hour seems tailor-made for people like us. But we don't participate. In fact, I think Earth Hour is exactly the wrong way to go about educating the public on energy issues.
When I look at how people respond to Earth Hour, I see as much confusion being spread as awareness.
This event perpetuates myths about environmentalism and gives people the wrong idea about what it will actually take to solve our energy problems. The official goals of Earth Hour aren't bad.
The World Wildlife Fund, which organizes the event, explains what Earth Hour is and isn't right on the main website. Earth Hour isn't specifically about saving energy. It's only one hour, one day a year.
Whatever energy is saved by the event would be so small as not to matter at all. In fact, because of that, the World Wildlife Fund doesn't even keep track of the impact Earth Hour has on energy consumption and emissions.
Nor is Earth Hour supposed to be about rejecting modern technology. The World Wildlife Fund specifically tells participants that they're asked to shut off only nonessential lighting. As someone who understands the importance of energy efficiency, I think it's valuable to remind people that we all use a lot more energy than we'd really have to use to get the services we want from it.
After all, physicist David MacKay estimates that the average American uses twice as much energy as the average European, to get basically the same quality of life.
There's room for change. Yet I don't think that's the message people get from Earth Hour. When I hear people talk about it, when I see the media cover it, I don't see a discussion about energy efficiency.Reddit gives you the best of the internet in one place.
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In a Huffington Post article titled Does Earth Hour Do More Harm Than Good? Maggie Koerth-Baker, who has a book on the future of energy coming out in April, said Earth Hour is a feel-good.
Earth Hour accounts for a tiny percent of Ontario’s total yearly C02 emissions. Many, many “Earth Hours” would have to take place to make a significant dent in the province’s total.
Because of the overwhelming success of Earth Hour, WWF has now become a worldwide sponsor and is moving to increase more awareness through crowd funding initiatives. Crowd funding invites environmentally aware individuals to donate in order to raise funds to do .
Earth Hour wastes energy and harms the planet. Bjørn Lomborg, a Danish academic and environmental writer, recently lambasted Earth Hour, the annual tradition of turning off the lights, which falls on March In fact, Earth Hour will cause emissions to increase.
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