Earth Hour is due in less than 3 hours here in UK, (between 8 and 9pm GMT), and I have still not made up my mind whether or not to take part in this hour of ‘Lights Off’.
I have read all the stuff, watched the propaganda, worried about power surges, global warming, the rain forests, population, warfare over oil and other resources… and I don’t like it. Most of all, I dont like the way this event has been appropriated by those very organisations who are most responsible for causing all the trouble.
Maybe I am wrong, but I think the intention behind this event would have been to provide an hour’s space to sit quietly in the darkness, thinking about the earth and what we can do to look after it – not to provide a publicity opportunity for multi-national companies, and a ‘feel-good’ bit of entertainment for the rest of us.
Last year, I spent most of the hour of darkness desperately trying to light a candle with damp matches, and crawling about under the table, giggling, looking for my baked potato that had fallen on the floor. All rather silly, but… when the lights came on again, I felt a huge new appreciation for the light and power I normally take for granted.
Still thinking about it.